February 14, 2009
Saks lands pricey suits amid recession
New York's Saks Fifth Avenue is opening a long-sought, ultra-pricey Kiton menswear boutique just as a recession has taken hold Wall Street, observers say.
The retailer announced it will on Monday unveil what its calls the crown jewel of its flagship store's men's department: a 2,000-square-foot boutique devoted to the Italian luxury label, complete with Carrara marble, The New York Times reported.
You have to be over a certain income level to even consider the Kiton line, said Simon Collins, dean of fashion at Parsons the New School for Design.
Once you put it on, you can't go back.
In this particular recession, where people are threatened just by the news of unemployment around them, (the wealthy) have to be careful how they behave and how they look, added Walter Loeb, president a retail consultancy Loeb Associates.