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  • great cashmere and wool clothes/accessories. definitely on the expensive side so it’ll fit in well with hugo boss and hermes.

  • It fills a great need for those of us who need a new $6,000 bag to carry our riding boots and other equestrian gear.

  • They had one of the most confusing websites I have ever visited, and no prices for any of their products that I could find. That obviously means one pair of swim trunks probably costs more than my monthly rent.

  • I don’t know about their own products, but they make some of the best wool available for men’s suits.

  • jim_ed

    From what I could gather from Google Shopping, it’s the perfect store if you’re looking to nail the ‘country club grandma’ look.

  • My memory isn’t what it used to be so take this with a heavy amount of skepticism and stink eye (O.o). I believe J. Crew uses Loro Piana fibers/fabrics for certain sweaters.

    On an unrelated side note, are there really people who shop at these high end City Center stores? Did I miss out on some secret surge in the economy?

    Kudos to anyone who know where the name comes from.

    • Name meaning user name, not the name of the store.

    • They supply cashmere and other fabric to a variety of manufacturers. Their storm system wool is awsome; the water just beads right off.

    • You probably didn’t miss out on a surge in the economy, but most people with money still have money. It’s funny we are so confounded that anyone can afford to shop at any of these places, but don’t blink at the fact someone is paying $750K for an 800 square foot condo in the same development.

      I get many who buy in the city are house poor, but DC isn’t exactly a low income market.

      I am not super rich by any stretch, but I buy dress shoes from Hugo Boss or Allen Edmonds often. They are moderately expensive, but not out of the realm of possibility for many who work in DC. Keep in mind, that building is going to be full of lawyers.

      • I drive a Dodge Stratus!

      • First, regarding non sequitur about shoes, may I suggest you expand your satorial horizon. Allen Edmunds are great but I find that Prada are far more comfortable albeit their soles are less durable if you really walk in them. Hugo Boss are overpriced for what you get.

        Secondly, yes people with money have money but my personal experience is that they like to save said money to keep it growing rather than splurge on expensive clothes.

        Lastly, paying over $900 per square foot is ridiculous. I hope these same people are ripping giant taxation without representation stickers all over their windows.

        • Your experience may be limited. And if we are trading shoes, go for Zegna to go with your Loro suit.

        • It isn’t a non sequitur. It’s a reference to two of the stores in City Center. It’s pretty much right on topic when the question is who can afford to shop there.

          You’re concerned about affordability but suggest people buy Prada shoes? No, not all of us save all of our money. Some of us like to dress nicely. Every single girl in this city owns a Longchamp purse. The idea none of them would shop at Longchamp seems…wrong.

          I have no disagreements on the paying $900/sq foot comment. I completely agree and I prefer to buy shoes than live house poor.

      • Exactly true. And not to mention that visitors to town, who may want to do some shopping, aren’t necessarily going to hoof it up to Friendship Heights or Tyson’s. DC needed something like this. It’s not for everyone, but it makes good business sense. Not to mention that the area has added/will add a few thousand new hotel rooms.

  • They have a small section in the Neiman Marcus in FH. Crazy expensive, but some very nice stuffy.

  • The Horsey Jacket
    Designed for equestrian competition, this jacket is ideal for sports and travel. Inspired by Loro Piana’s passion for horses, the Horsey Jacket is made from exclusive Storm System technical fabric.

  • Although most residents of DC will not be regular shoppers of City Center, there is a niche for this market. To become a truly international city we need to be able to cater to all income levels. Downtown now includes medium to high end retailers which is appealing to many visitors and probably some new residents.

    • Yeah, no doubt the DC area can support high end retail. But, I wonder if they can in this location? Most of the big money in the MSA is still deep in upper NW, and the western suburbs. Why are these people going to track all the way downtown when most of these shops can already be found closer to where they live (Tysons, Friendship Heights, Georgetown). This is a high end cluster, but not a Union Square/Mich Ave type regional center.

      The inner-NW gentrification is more upper middle class, not the big millionaire whale types that live in central Bos, SF, Chi, NYC. It’s rare to see condos going for $5 million+ in central DC.
      Yeah, there are a few hundred “luxury condos” in this building. But, that’s not enough people to sustain these shops by themselves.

      I hope I’m wrong and this succeeds. But, it seems weird to see DT DC skip from a modest retail scene to super lux.

      • I am guessing the idea is that those people who live in Chevy Chase work downtown. I’m actually kind of happy I don’t have to schlep it to Friendship Heights now, although I still wish they had put a higher end department store (like the Bloomingdales in FH) in City Center.

      • “Build it and they will come”

      • I’m thinking the intended audience doesn’t have roots in DC at all. The “big money” in these shops probably doesn’t even have US passports. Nothing at all wrong with that–the jobs and sales taxes benefit us all.

        • +1
          This is aimed at foreigns looking to avoid obscene luxury taxes back home.

        • You’re the first commenter that gets it. The whole CityCenter shopping scene is really geared for the convention center crowd. DC’s conv center is the third largest in the nation and built with the enhanced security to support huge international conventions. What was missing all along was the hotels and now that the Marquis is open and two more Marriott’s about to break ground plus a Hilton Conrad and still one more on NY Ave that I can’t remember the brand, the convention center will be (and is already) booking these types of conventions….40,000 attendee types, and international attendees. And to all the comments about income levels…..the DC area has the highest incomes in the nation, not NY or Boston…and definitely not SF or LA where it’s mostly new tech money that is usually gone within 5 years.

          • DC may have higher median income due to all the federal workers, but it’s not home to the big money 1-percenters like NYC, SF, LA.

          • Which doesn’t change the fact it has enough money to support high end retail. I doubt the market for City Center is any one given group. It’s probably a mix of local and visiting wealth.

            But let’s be realistic, there are not a ton of high end conventions taking place at the Washington Convention Center (or any) that are drawing wealthy foreigners. DC draws wealthy foreign visitors for a variety of reasons, but it isn’t the convention center.

  • Oh good. I was wondering where I was going to get a cashmere helicopter.

  • rather disturbing you’ve never heard of it.

  • Any one know how business has been at these stores? I have only been by at night when everything is closed, so I can’t get a sense.

    • My wife has dragged me in to Kate Spade a couple of times on weekends, and we’ve always seen a couple of other customers. I’ve only been in Allen Edmonds during sales on weekends, but again, always some other customer. I’d expect Hugo Boss to do pretty well, especially once the law firm moves in–can’t be the convenience, but I have no sense of how it’s doing now. Compared to the other stores, however, these are not as high end. I have no sense of how places like Burberry are doing.
      The higher end stores probably won’t really get going until there is a critical mass of high end stores. I suspect the target market is mostly rich tourists / conventioneers, who are more likely to come when there’s more than one store open. The less high end stuff, on the other hand, could get the locals.

  • I saw a Vicuña sweater for sale at their Rome store for about $10k.

  • I love that all this stuff is coming to GP. It makes for good fantasy shopping. My question: how will the clerks react when someone that doesn’t “belong” walks in and lingers?

  • I went into Zadig and Voltaire for their opening day on Saturday. Some of the cashmere is quite beautiful, but the prices are high and the styles — lots of rhinestone skulls — are not aimed at the type of folks who will actually shop in these stores. I’ll wait for the sale. It looked like Kate Spade was very busy. They were having a sale, but then Kate Spade never was the equivalent of Hermes or Prada or even Louis Vuitton.

    • Ferragamo isn’t too far off the mark. Isn’t there one of those in Pentagon City? I mean, come on. Chances are the very high end stores like the Carolina Herrera that is also opening there will open, stay for a year and close only to be replaced by more moderately high end stores (like Hugo Boss competitors).

      I find it hard to believe if the bloomingdales in Friendship Heights can find a market, the stores in City Center (which are all sold at bloomingdales) can’t also find a market downtown.

  • Wow. A CHILDREN’S scarf is $995. We do OK in DC, actually more than OK but I will stick with circo brand for kids at Target. THis is definitely for the rich chinese tourist crowd. Aren’t they the fasted growing segment in DC tourism anyhow. I do hope they succeed though. DC needs a mix of retail and anything to make downtown lively is a good thing. But damn, the .5% are different…

    • Accountering

      I don’t think this store is targetting the .5%. That is only $1,000,000/year in income. I doubt even THOSE people are spending $995 on a kids scarf. This seems to me to be for the .1% and the global wealth from China/India etc.

  • Epic spot for teenage mob robbery.

  • There are plenty of people in DC who will pay far more for something just because of its perceived exclusivity. This is the type of establishment that caters to these people.


  • I live and work within 4 blocks of CC and walk through at least 3-4 times a day. On the weekdays, I have never seen a SOUL in any of the stores. Not one single customer.

    Double Eagle’s food is good, but service is slow. It has never been more than 50% full when I’ve eaten lunch or dinner there over the last couple weeks. It is starting to tick up, however.

    The dessert store and Herrera wraps also went up in the last couple of days.

    • I have had lunch at DBGB twice in the last two weeks and there were people in Tumi and Allen Edmonds when I walked by. Let’s face it, it isn’t a very appealing place right now with all the construction and not yet open storefronts. And no office building tenants yet.

      DBGB had a good crowd both times I went there.

  • About frickin’ time. How hard does it have to be to get a vicun~a cape?

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