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Pretend you own a clothing store....

post #1 of 36
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What brands would carry, how would you design your space, would you sell women's and men's clothing, and how would you differentiate yourself from everyone else?

Thought it might be interesting to see where this goes. Feel free to discuss any other relevant topics.
post #2 of 36
You know what, I often fantasize about this, not that I'd want to own a store but I like to delude myself into thinking that my superior taste and sartorial zeitgeist expertise would produce something vastly better than the existing operations.
post #3 of 36
not sure but id put a badass bakery in the back believe that
post #4 of 36
I would host an exotic fetish show during the opening and hope for an accidental shooting in which no one is really hurt.
post #5 of 36
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Originally Posted by sipang View Post

You know what, I often fantasize about this, not that I'd want to own a store but I like to delude myself into thinking that my superior taste and sartorial zeitgeist expertise would produce something vastly better than the existing operations.

This is basically why I started the thread. I seem to spend a lot of time thinking about what I'd like to do if I owned a clothing store. I think it would be sweet to somehow have a cafe/clothing store hybrid to make the location more of a social experience. I'm not sure how it could be successfully executed though.

I doubt it will ever happen but it's fun to think about.
post #6 of 36
I'd only stock assless leather chaps. It's an underserved market.
post #7 of 36
why do people have to specify chaps as being assless? wouldn't chaps with an ass just be pants?


re stores i would stock a mix of lncc/rodengray/darklands style stuff....i wish komakino was still in vancouver frown.gif
post #8 of 36
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why do people have to specify chaps as being assless? wouldn't chaps with an ass just be pants?

You know a lot about assless leather chaps. Would you like to go into business and be my partner?
post #9 of 36

The road to bankruptcy is paved with fantasies. Stocking a store with the kind of stuff people on online forums drool over doesn't seem like a very sustainable business model to me, I'm guessing the average passerby isn't really interested in 99oz denim and 600 dollar sneaks. Well maybe if you sell online as well it might work.

 

But talking about fantasy shops, I'd rather have a small cafe or something. Make next level coffee and bake some pies or whatever. Ofcourse I'd also go bankrupt in a year, but selling clothing to people just sounds like a pain. facepalm.gif

 

People trying on 20 different pairs of pants before leaving without buying anything. ffffuuuu.gif I'd rather just sell them a double shot of espresso. redface.gif

post #10 of 36
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People trying on 20 different pairs of pants before leaving without buying anything. ffffuuuu.gif  

and then buying them online...
post #11 of 36
i'd like to have a store which kind of resembles "de stijl" architectural and interieur design-wise
also: huge changing rooms. ca. 12 °C room temperature, a piano with a pianist, a little corner with coffee and tea

brands: raf, jil, kva, dries, balenciaga, juun j, mmm
womens: jil, mmm, gareth pugh, balenciaga

alsoa few books/movies/music
post #12 of 36
If we being serious, I would stock menswear and womens mid-priced brands of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Mainly from American designers that I like but still have some basic market appeal. Not too out there that it would "offend people" but not too pedestrian that customers would complain about the 230 dollar blouse. Important for the names to ring a bell as well since customers would correlate popularity or the "vogue effect" to quality.

Men: Ben Minkoff, Robert Geller, Rachel Comey (footwear only), Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, NikeGyakusou, Patrik Ervell, Siki Im, Zero+Maria, Common Projects

Women: Gary Graham, Reed Krakoff, Rachel Comey (whole collection), Zero+Maria, Phillip lim, Alexander Wang (well he brings money), Patrik Ervell, Jeffrey Campbell (money), Tory (uh huh), Pamela Love, Theyskens' Theory

Probably a few brands from overseas that I think would work in the area given the chance: Chronicles of Never, Carin Wester, Schneider, Dr. Martens (the cash flows), McQ (name recognition), Chris & Tibor, Nike Gyakusou, Raf Simons 1995, etc etc

I love candy so candy shop with a mini-book stand would be very interesting. Though the magazines I read don't use nearly any of the listed brands I would stock; 10 men, fantastic man, gentlwoman, elle collections UK, Industrie, Acne Paper. Running weekly workshops would be interesting and keep the store in the news.

The real factor is price and location. If I was in Baltimore it would be impossible to sell brands like Dries, Celine, McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez, Juun J, Missoni, Undercoverism, The Row, and Marni. My stocklist is also too long but I just felt like covering all bases and keeping too about 2-3 aesthetics max for the overall store.
post #13 of 36
I'd open a store where people throw ducks at balloons and nothing's the way it seems.
post #14 of 36
Boutiques are a financial dead end. If you love clothes but don't know how to make them yourself (or don't care to) then you can go into the marketing or management side of things if you really want to make a career in the industry.
post #15 of 36
I would make a store that featured it's own domestically produced private label, but also carry other lines from around the world. Make 1/3 of the store home goods, and partner up with a super talented merchandiser/home goods buyer.

Oh wait, I think I already did that...

the Dredgers Union.
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