(petescolari @ May 10 2005,12:03) Unless they moved (which I doubt) to a new location, was this a costly lesson in demographics? Â I was surprised when they moved in...but I can't say I'm surprised to see them go.
I say that because I think they are not a recognized brand here in Boston. Even though there is a huge influx of international students and tourists, Bostonians by and large, follow the Am Trad school of thought. One only has to look a block above and below where they were situated to realize they were surrounded by Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Allen Edmonds, and the Andover Shop. I think if many of the same shoppers were to migrate outside of these establishments for shoes, they would mostly likely go to Louis. It's hard to imagine or think of a standalone store on Newbury in where there is anything not under $450. Think of Zegna, Camper, Longchamp. They are all a block or two from where Weston setup shop. They are all higher-end Euro products, but at least they offer items under four bills. While I lived in NY, I enjoyed browsing all the stores above the 60's on Madison, but at the same time, I saw people walking around with shopping bags from Weston, et al while I was there. Here in Boston, I don't know anyone who bought shoes from them even though these people's sizes are on file at Louis, RL, BB, and AS. In sum, it's a shame they left so soon. It wasn't a surprise though to see them close shop since they didn't seem to spend a dime on advertising or p.r.