I agree with Zach and alflauren. I would add that, for high-end menswear and shoes, the retailers that will thrive will be those that offer lots of customization and uniqueness, in the form of special order, MTM, or bespoke options. They will also offer exclusive fabrics/leathers/styles, both for their custom options and their in-stock goods. They must also offer truly outstanding service. Simply stocking a maker's most famous or best-selling offerings should not, by itself, guarantee the retailer a profit. Essentially, market forces have decided that the service provided by brick & mortar retailers is not as valuable as it once was. And companies who think they can avoid these new realities through protectionism, rather than innovation or stronger efforts, will fall behind and eventually fail.
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5/19/06 at 5:22pm