I have observed the following from hanging-out at various high-end stores and from my own spending: 1. Some luxury stores always have a few ultra-luxury items around, such as a $7,000 RTW suit or even a $10,000 one. First, it has a few (and I mean very few) customers who will buy it. These customers include Arab businessmen or others who blow into town and just buy, buy, buy. These stores also carry such high-end items so that they can get some local or national press, and they are expected to carry such ultra-luxury products. Part of the Neiman's and Bergdorf's public relations is that they carry such luxe items. 2. The real customer base of the luxury shops are upper middle class people (bussinessmen, doctors, lawyers, etc.) who would never buy some of the impulse items that you mention, such as the Gucci ski cap. 3. These customers might pay $3,000 for a cashmere sportscoat if it were quality, however, $3,000 is pushing the envelope. None would pay $10,000 for a RTW suit. 4. As I indicated at 2, most of the customers are upper middle people, and they spend their money prudently. They will spend the money where they have to in order to buy quality. For example, I have no problem in spending $2,200 to $2,800 for a MTM Oxxford suit, but I wouldn't spend that on RTW. Also, I would rather spend that money than $4,000 for a bespoke London suit since I have found that the Oxxford product is almost as good and is in some ways better. Furthermore, I sometimes buy bespoke shirts from Turnbull in its exclusive designs, but I use a less expensive maker for my "standards". I have a "discounter" make some of my pants as well as sportscoats. I also have an "in" at a factory which I take advantage of from time to time. Therefore, the siginificant expenditure of money makes one plan one's purchases in a prudent manner. Also, one may buy a $2,000 suit but pair it with a $100 shirt.