A peek into Nordstrom

October 22nd, 2007
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Fashion Show is across from The Wynn in Las Vegas.

Headed to Fashion Show just across the street from the Wynn, where I checked out Nordstrom for a sneak preview as to what we might see when they open at Ala Moana Center.

People always talk about Nordstrom as a bridge between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, but there’s a little of both. Pieces by Trina Turk and Nylon at Nordstrom are in the $248-$398 range, about where NM’s first-floor women’s contemporary was at a year or two ago, not exactly a bridge price for most people.

Tracy Reese

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I forgot the price of this Tracy Reese top at Nordstrom Las Vegas, but I believe it was close to $1,000.

The Las Vegas store carries a lot of lines like Blumarine, M Missoni, Just Cavalli and 3.1 Phillip Lim already carried by NM here, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they carry the same lines over and compete head to head, or whether they’ll carry out a gentleman’s war and bring in different lines to increase our choices.

collete dinigan dress

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There’s a whole Collete Dinigan shop at Nordstrom Las Vegas, where I believe this dress was about $2,995. So much for my memory, but at that kind of price, there was little doubt I couldn’t afford it anyway.

I also wonder if they’ll bring in their designer collections, including Tracy Reese, Marc Jacobs, Alberta Feretti, Zac Posen and Collette Dinigan.

Nordstrom doesn’t open until March, but I’m going to be getting some answers real soon.

lululemon

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Lululemon Athletica is a yoga- and active-wear company on the move. It’s coming to Fashion Show in Las Vegas this fall, and to Ala Moana Center next spring.

Hey shoppers, here’s a hot stock for you: I was introduced to Lululemon Athletica when its small shop opened above First Hawaiian Bank at Ward Avenue and Auahi Street this year. It’s a real grassroots, community-based company, the kind that builds loyalty, and the company has just begun its global expansion.

The yoga-wear market is not yet saturated, and this is the first mainstream company to take it to this brand-name level. I bought in shortly after its IPO this summer, at $30, and it recently hit $58. Naturally, you’re going to have to do your own research on this, and my biggest concern is that they may expand too quickly in a market likely headed for recession. It all could end tomorrow, but for now I’m betting the stock will go higher. Better than Vegas, baby!

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One Response to “A peek into Nordstrom”

  1. cw:

    you said the r word. i’m optimistic myself.

    nordstrom is the best department store. i grew up with one. literally. i even had a tap dance recital in the shoe department. really looking forward to it being completed.


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