Next Up in CityCenterDC Retail – Hugo Boss


Thanks to all who sent emails about the Hugo Boss coming to CityCenterDC this summer.

And thanks to another reader who send this incredibly cool photo from CityCenterDC’s Facebook page:

“BOSS, opening August 2014.”


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  • Is Hugo Boss considered high end? Sometimes it feels like Calvin Klein or Kenneth Cole

    • lovefifteen

      It’s more expensive than both of those brands. Probably double their price.

    • I think you’re probably used to seeing some outlet budget nonsense here or there. But no, Hugo Boss is much higher end than Calvin Klein or Kenneth Cole. Their men’s suits are pretty high price and pretty nice. I am pretty excited because I buy a lot of HB for work.

    • Doesn’t seem all that high end, when you can buy it all day long right next to Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.

      • lovefifteen

        I’ve never seen Hugo Boss at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. TJ Maxx seems to have brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Izod, and Calvin Klein. I went to the Metro Center TJ Maxx two days ago to get a button-down shirt, and I saw no Hugo Boss whatsoever. Anyway, it’s a more expensive brand than either Kenneth Cole or Calvin Klein when purchased from the actual stores, and the clothing is higher quality. I’ve only found outlet Hugo Boss at the outlet version of Saks 5th Avenue and Nordstrom Rack.

      • Hugo Boss throws some items in Nieman Marcus or Saks outlet stores (that are made specifically for outlet stores and not actually being sold anywhere else). Actual Hugo Boss items in a store are not at TJ Maxx. Ever.

    • for us huddled masses, yes, yes this is high end.

  • So I take it the fish and vegetable market originally planned for these buildings is dead as well?

    • I haven’t heard any update on the market. But the most recent merchandising plan I’ve found (May 2013) has a much smaller market than originally planned—4,500 sq ft facing palmer alley only, as opposed to the originally planned 13,000 sq ft going all the way through the building. With 600+ residential units right there, I would think there would be reasonable demand for some sort of grocery, but I fear it will be something ridiculous like Dean & Deluca.

  • Ok, I will do the obligatory: Uniqlo, now now!!!

  • Yawn. CityCenter needs unique retail, not copies of Bethesda or Tysons. More Paul Stuart/Longchamp, less Tumi/Kate Spade/Boss.

    • I remain skeptical that downtown DC can be a good draw for these businesses. Georgetown does it because it attracts wealthy tourists (in contrast City center is near where the inexpensive package tours park). Tysons is a big regional draw that can support one of a kind businesses for the region, esp. those for the well-off. Bethesda/Friendship is close to wealthy parts of DC and MoCo. So far, the stores look more like stage sets than actual businesses. I went into Allen Edmonds, out of curiosity and it wasn’t exactly like going to a fine men’s store like J Press. they don’t seem to know how to staff a place that gets/keeps that kind of trade or even the occasional buyer of high end if it’s really high quality stuff like me The West End/S of Dupont area is close to law firms and trade association and is a natural place for certain kinds of upscale retail. Despite being near some big law firms, the natural clientele for CityCenter is conventioneers or the soon to be gone feds who work at FBI.

      Friendship has Nieman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales as anchors. Georgetown has a density of high end businesses that substitute for an anchor. CityCenter , so far doesn’t have either beyond places that will never draw a lot of customers. A high end but not stratospheric store like Patagonia would draw more people with disposable income than Tumi. An Apple store would have provided a good draw. A Nordstrom probably would have been the right kind of anchor. The Pentagon City store no longer sells some of their higher end stuff and their other stores are much further away.

      • + 1. Summed up what I’ve been thinking since I heard about Tumi and Allen Edmonds.

      • “Despite being near some big law firms, the natural clientele for CityCenter is conventioneers or the soon to be gone feds who work at FBI.”

        This sentence makes no sense. Why wouldn’t the well-paid lawyers who work near CityCenter not be part of their “natural clientele”?

        • As a “well paid lawyer” who works nearby, I can assure you I’ll be their clientele if they open up enough variety that I never have to leave the city to buy nice clothes again. I’m excited about Hugo Boss. Solid choice for that market if you ask me.

        • Also odd someone would argue lawyers are not their natural clientele. One of the largest tenants moving into the office buildings there is a law firm.

      • The plan for the forthcoming hotel that will fill the last CityCenter parcel is that the first four or five floors will be occupied by a single retailer, most likely a Bloomingdale’s.

      • Not sure I really get that argument, given the number of law/lobbying firms clustered around Metro Center. Also, the Grand Hyatt, Metro Center Marriott, J.W. Marriott, Willard, W Hotel, Hay Adams, Renaissance, and soon to open Marriott Marquis probably provide 5,000 rooms to not-so-budget travelers, all within five blocks of City Center.

    • +1 Paul Stuart would be great!

  • lovefifteen

    I work two blocks from CityCenter in an organization that has 1,500 employees. At least 1,100 would qualify as extremely well paid. There are also loads of law firms and lobbyists around here. I think there will be a natural customer base in Metro Center. There’s already a lot of “regular” shopping in the Metro Center/China Town area (H&M, Forever 21, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Guess, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, Johnson & Murphy, Ann Taylor, Dress Barn, Marshall’s, etc). I don’t really get the complaints about a high-end store like Hugo Boss coming.

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