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Old 05-17-2012, 02:50 AM   #26
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He won't get 5 people signed up let alone 200.

The ultra rich don't buy designer labels, most of the stuff they wear is bespoke or so ultra exclusive that 99% of us have never heard of the designer/tailor.

And Vancouver is the bottom of the list of cities that has any sense of style of fashion, most people around here have new money and think draping yourself in Gucci & Prada makes you "look rich". Take a walk in Holts on the weekend and you'll see the fakest people around. Half, if not most, are probaly working 3 jobs so they can floss at Holts.
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That's why he caters rich Chinese clients... for rich Chinese... brand>anything.

On a side note though, the few true 1% people I know of fly out to NYC, Paris or Milan for personal shopping. Often by invitation too.
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He won't get 5 people signed up let alone 200.

The ultra rich don't buy designer labels, most of the stuff they wear is bespoke or so ultra exclusive that 99% of us have never heard of the designer/tailor.

And Vancouver is the bottom of the list of cities that has any sense of style of fashion, most people around here have new money and think draping yourself in Gucci & Prada makes you "look rich". Take a walk in Holts on the weekend and you'll see the fakest people around. Half, if not most, are probaly working 3 jobs so they can floss at Holts.
so have u read the article? this guy is selling gucci etc in vancouver...
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so have u read the article? this guy is selling gucci etc in vancouver...
Wow he's selling Gucci,like if there isn't already places in Vancouver that currently sell it,except you don't have to pay his 25K upfront fee to buy it.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:20 PM   #33
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so have u read the article? this guy is selling gucci etc in vancouver...
You do know that Gucci has a store in Vancouver right? And Gucci.com sells the entire collection online.
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Also whats the point so spending 25k if you cant show it off. He needs to make some kind of crest or badge to put on clothes so every one will know.

1. Build a high end shop in a penthouse.
2. Sign up a bunch of people at 25K each.
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4.Declare bankruptcy.
Seems like a good plan to me. If he sells 200 memberships that's 5 million right there. If he was serious he would not take all the membership money up front.

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wait, we can ask Hyde what he thinks - he's part of the 1%
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He won't get 5 people signed up let alone 200.

The ultra rich don't buy designer labels, most of the stuff they wear is bespoke or so ultra exclusive that 99% of us have never heard of the designer/tailor.

And Vancouver is the bottom of the list of cities that has any sense of style of fashion, most people around here have new money and think draping yourself in Gucci & Prada makes you "look rich". Take a walk in Holts on the weekend and you'll see the fakest people around. Half, if not most, are probaly working 3 jobs so they can floss at Holts.
especially those cbc bitches with heavy make-up going into Chanel so they can be "different" from their other friends who are rocking entry level LV/Gucci bags
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Uhm...... did somethign change in the business laws in Richmond?

Last time I checked, you weren't allowed to run a business from a residence in Richmond, how can he get away with doing this out of a condo penthouse?
He's a customer of ours. He's not in a penthouse of an apartment. He's actually leased the whole floor of an office building in Richmond (where CIBC and Kirin is on 3 Road and Westminster).


As for people saying he'll be out of business, you need to understand. He's already got a few existing businesses in the same industry working out of the same office. He's basically allowing people to come up to buy things direct.


Think of this like "BEST DIRECT" but for designer clothes. I've been up there a few times (not for shopping, just to return his car before people assume I'm stinking rich) and his pricing is definitely significantly cheaper then retail. It costs 25k but you get $17500 towards your purchases. So this membership is about $7500 for the year. If you're one of those people that spend a shit ton of money on bags and shit I'm sure you'll save more then that going through Howard.

Either way, not really my cup of tea but the dude's been in the business 10+ years and keeps growing. Can hate on his idea, but he ain't going outta business even if this venture flops. Bluefly makes the money.


Anyways best of luck to ya Howard.
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Well the problem with Bluefly is it's all b grade stuff, basically designer stuff that doesn't sell and from previous seasons. Similar to what yoox.com offers but with a large selection because they're based in Italy.

Most people don't care about seasons and stuff and just want to wear something designer but any savvy buyer who knows designer would never purchase anything from bluefly or yoox so I still have my doubts that this guy will sell current season stuff at a major discount.

I do wish this guy luck but I still doubt he'll get a large clientele based on the competition online and what some of the online retailers from Italy. Like for example LVR has the current season, the retail is almost 20% cheaper than Holts and they include all taxes/duties. I buy designer stuff and you'll be shocked to see the markup that Holts, Neiman Marcus, Saks and other high retailers have on their designer clothing, it's actually shocking.
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Well the problem with Bluefly is it's all b grade stuff, basically designer stuff that doesn't sell and from previous seasons. Similar to what yoox.com offers but with a large selection because they're based in Italy.

Most people don't care about seasons and stuff and just want to wear something designer but any savvy buyer who knows designer would never purchase anything from bluefly or yoox so I still have my doubts that this guy will sell current season stuff at a major discount.

I do wish this guy luck but I still doubt he'll get a large clientele based on the competition online and what some of the online retailers from Italy. Like for example LVR has the current season, the retail is almost 20% cheaper than Holts and they include all taxes/duties. I buy designer stuff and you'll be shocked to see the markup that Holts, Neiman Marcus, Saks and other high retailers have on their designer clothing, it's actually shocking.
Really ? I would think the American Retailers like NM and Saks had the best deals for regular priced commercialized luxury goods.
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as was previously mentioned, all this new money is leading to rich mainlanders that have no sense of style or taste. I'm quite certain this Howard fellow is catering to those who have more money than brains. they need someone to tell them what to buy in the hopes that they will "look" like they have class. this is exactly who this guy is catering to. these rich ppl will be hanging on every word that his fashion experts have to say.
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Wow he's selling Gucci,like if there isn't already places in Vancouver that currently sell it,except you don't have to pay his 25K upfront fee to buy it.
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You do know that Gucci has a store in Vancouver right? And Gucci.com sells the entire collection online.
not arguing with either of you. his appeal is to a clientelle that is about mainstream snob status. to achieve this status you need to a) achieve exclusivity and b) wear things that people know. meaning his audience wants to wear things that people recognize as being high class - they want gucci, they don't want something people don't know of and therefore they can't show off. at the same time, anyone with money can go into a gucci store and buy it. being a part of a little dick gucci club is just the right thing to put you over the top with your douchebag friends.

i'm not saying this business plan is a good one nor am i saying it will work. i'm just pointing out the business model.


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I do wish this guy luck but I still doubt he'll get a large clientele based on the competition online and what some of the online retailers from Italy. Like for example LVR has the current season, the retail is almost 20% cheaper than Holts and they include all taxes/duties. I buy designer stuff and you'll be shocked to see the markup that Holts, Neiman Marcus, Saks and other high retailers have on their designer clothing, it's actually shocking.
you seem like you know your stuff and have common sense. a lot of millionaires are idiots and either want to be "pampered" or just want somewhere to physically go and quickly buy something - they're not online trying to get the best price. this is why i think high end retailers work, and why a personal, 1 on 1 business model works for executives. and let's not forget the fact that they need someone's guidance when purchasing the mistress jewlery and purses haha once again not saying i think this guy's store will work, just shooting the shit

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2) Vancouver has a ton of thieves

Hell Monte Cristo in Oakridge gets robbed all the time and its in a fucking mall
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Really ? I would think the American Retailers like NM and Saks had the best deals for regular priced commercialized luxury goods.
Nope, these retailers make money from the high markups.
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not arguing with either of you. his appeal is to a clientelle that is about mainstream snob status. to achieve this status you need to a) achieve exclusivity and b) wear things that people know. meaning his audience wants to wear things that people recognize as being high class - they want gucci, they don't want something people don't know of and therefore they can't show off. at the same time, anyone with money can go into a gucci store and buy it. being a part of a little dick gucci club is just the right thing to put you over the top with your douchebag friends.

i'm not saying this business plan is a good one nor am i saying it will work. i'm just pointing out the business model.




you seem like you know your stuff and have common sense. a lot of millionaires are idiots and either want to be "pampered" or just want somewhere to physically go and quickly buy something - they're not online trying to get the best price. this is why i think high end retailers work, and why a personal, 1 on 1 business model works for executives. and let's not forget the fact that they need someone's guidance when purchasing the mistress jewlery and purses haha once again not saying i think this guy's store will work, just shooting the shit

I agree with you that some people will never buy stuff online and don't care about paying a premium, it's why Holts and other high end retailers are still in business.
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