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Originally Posted by accordion View Post

Makes me wonder why some store still don't have webshops, and why stores sometimes omit certain designers from their webshops because the label is too exclusive or something.

I think it takes a lot of effort (and money) to build a webshop though. It's not just about putting up an e-store. You have to take photos, provide product descriptions, sometimes measurements, give customer service, do shipping, etc.

Some stores I've talked to say they only do 10-20% of their business online, which makes the expense barely worthwhile. Obviously, the hope is that the web portion grows, since you can ostensibly serve a wider audience, but that takes a lot of resources. I think it's a different business (one that doesn't necessarily have to complement your local business if your local customer isn't really the same as your target global customer).

AFAIK, the "phone in only" things are usually a request on the part of the designer, sometimes as an effort to favor certain stores over others.
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I actually like the name. Admittedly a little pretentious in a boutique-y kind of way, but playful and memorable.
 

 

 

Agreed. It made more sense once I visited in person and realized they're named after the garment cleaners that used to occupy the building. Kept the old-timey sign, which I think was a nice choice.

 

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Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post


I think it takes a lot of effort (and money) to build a webshop though. It's not just about putting up an e-store. You have to take photos, provide product descriptions, sometimes measurements, give customer service, do shipping, etc.

Some stores I've talked to say they only do 10-20% of their business online, which makes the expense barely worthwhile. Obviously, the hope is that the web portion grows, since you can ostensibly serve a wider audience, but that takes a lot of resources. I think it's a different business (one that doesn't necessarily have to complement your local business if your local customer isn't really the same as your target global customer).

AFAIK, the "phone in only" things are usually a request on the part of the designer, sometimes as an effort to favor certain stores over others.

 

That makes sense, but I'm guessing the location matters too; stores that don't have prime real estate probably focus a lot more about their online presence. But it seems that in general, and not saying this is always the trade-off, but relocating shouldn't cost nearly as much as paying for a good website.

 

I don't mind the phone-in/EG thing, it's understandable they want the stockists to have more of a B&M connection with their customers. Although most of the time the conversation simply goes, "Is xx available in size x?", "yes," which is no more different from a websale. I'm more ticked off by some, mainly artisanal brands who won't even list their stock, so that presumably they only sell to fans of the label who know exactly what they want.

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Originally Posted by long_knives View Post

Exclusivity is a good thing in retail and will lead to higher margins. Put your merch online and it's a race to the bottom - it's just as easy to look for the lowest price on online for a pair of Qasa's as it is for a Dyson vacuum.

Any codes for Dyson vacuums out there?
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Any codes for Dyson vacuums out there?

Not sure if you're joking about the dyson vacuum, but if you weren't

I signed up for the bed bath and beyond newsletter on their website and got a 20% code which I used towards mine.
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^ Miele all the way. Don't play around with anything else
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I have the worst cordless vacuum on the PLANET and everytime there's an Amazon sale I look for a Dyson but I still can't be hassled to spend $500 on a vacuum

Stores that don't list their stock on the internet a GOLDMINE for me, especially once sales season rolls around. The (relatively) little-trafficked Urban Research store at the basement Roppongi Hills still has full stock of Lemaire and Bergfabel at 50%, etc. etc.
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I have the worst cordless vacuum on the PLANET and everytime there's an Amazon sale I look for a Dyson but I still can't be hassled to spend $500 on a vacuum

Stores that don't list their stock on the internet a GOLDMINE for me, especially once sales season rolls around. The (relatively) little-trafficked Urban Research store at the basement Roppongi Hills still has full stock of Lemaire and Bergfabel at 50%, etc. etc.


Buy a Dyson. You will get so much satisfaction from the first use when you get into those "hard to reach places" that your only regret will be not buying one years ago. 

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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

Another one bites the dust - French Garment Cleaners

Third one this year from that part of BK including Epaulet's B&M and the WP Store.

I'm calling that Bird closes next.
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if anyone does go and can proxy would be eternally grateful.
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I liked French Garment Cleaners and I am a bit sad to see them go. Can't say I am terribly surprised though since I just visited the shop a week ago and it had this eerie going out of business feel (I did not know this was in the cards when I popped in for a 3 minute visit). I always got the sense they did much more business on the women's side and had a core following of local women shopping there.

For men, they used to carry a well edited selection from EG, Gitman, Arcteryx Veilance, Ervell, Our Legacy, Oak Street, Zepsa, etc. The owner was a really nice guy, who was very thoughtful about his buys. They had a modest web commerce business in that not everything in-store was available via the website. But the reality is the brands they were carrying could be bought online from lots of places. So that, plus maybe skyrocketing rents in the quickly gentrifying Fort Greene/Barclays Center area, likely caused FGC's demise. There are a number of mega high rise rental buildings going up in the area and I wondered whether that would bring in a new crop of potential customers. We'll never know, of course, but I am sure the finance bros that will likely live in those buildings will just comparison shop on-line and would never set foot in a store like FGC.
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Not sure if you're joking about the dyson vacuum, but if you weren't

I signed up for the bed bath and beyond newsletter on their website and got a 20% code which I used towards mine.

Ebay my friends! Got a brand new  in box Dyson DC28 for around $370 if memory serves me correctly. At the time, it never dipped below $450, even on sale

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Ebay my friends! Got a brand new  in box Dyson DC28 for around $370 if memory serves me correctly. At the time, it never dipped below $450, even on sale

that's a good deal!

a good vacuum is certainly expensive, but man do they ever make a difference.
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Dysons are terrible.
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Dysons are terrible.

Worst troll ever.
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