I still don't understand why she has been such a failure in the US market. Â Could any American explain it to me? (BTW, I am not an American in myself.) Â Several months ago, I called their office in London and asked them if there's still any store/boutique in the US that carried their stuff since all of their own boutiques in this country had been out of business for quite a while, the answer is "No". Â But she is such a big name in Europe and Asia, particularly in Japan. Â She does have quite a few outlandish and highly unwearable designs for both men and women, but if you follow her fashion shows, you'll find in each season she always has some very wearable and unusual pieces, are there not a small group of clientele to appreciate her even in New York city? Â I just find it so disappointing. I was in Chicago last weekend. Â I went to check the Agnes b. boutique and suddenly found it became "American Apparel" store now. Â I was really astonished. Â I have never been a big fan of Agnes b. but I still think she's ten times better than stuff like Kenneth Cole or Michael Kors. Â If Chicago doesn't support her, I guess sooner or later her business in east and west coast will also go bankrupt. Â And then at the Saks men's store in Chicago, you see all the Issey Miyake clothes are on final sale and each piece has full sizes, which means hardly anything has been sold. Â Actually the buyers of Saks Chicago bought the most wearable and unchallenging stuff from Issey Miyake this Spring/Summer season, but obviously Chicago gentlemen still didn't accept it. I am not making judgement upon the mainstream male customers in this country, just find their taste of clothing so much confusing and with which I have hardly any identification I guess.
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