Can I share something with you? I often feel weird shopping in nice stores. I don’t even like to go in and look at nice things. I’ve always been this way. I think much of this stems from my irrational fear that was drilled into me going to high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Back then, many stores had buzzers to let people in, and let’s just say that they often used them to keep people OUT. Even trips to Barney’s or Bergdorf Goodman, larger high end department stores, have not made me feel very comfortable over the years.
Even if I wanted to (or felt like I could) spend $1,000+ on a purse in a designer store, I just often felt looked down upon by retail professionals. Actually I’ve had some questionable interactions in some run of the mill stores too (I’ve got a funny story about this one particular happening in one of my unfavorite American cities, but that’s another story.). Either way, just window shopping on Rodeo Drive was enough for me. Could I get over my discomfort there? Maybe…
First, my friend, Big Mitts & I started at the southern end of Rodeo Drive in front of a familiar hotel. The facade of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is just enough to remind me of Pretty Woman. The camera angles are EXCELLENT in that movie as this hotel is much smaller in person.
We crossed the street towards Via Rodeo, a relatively “new” short shopping street running parallel to Rodeo Drive.
Oh, Louis Vuitton. Maybe one day I’ll own some of your luggage. Why am I attracted to the practical things (or however practical $1,000+ luggage can be)?
Staying on the theme of luggage, I really liked Rimowa’s pieces.
Just in case you’re wondering, the small case is $750. The SMALL one.
I’m sure you are more interested in the fashion on Rodeo Drive.
I did think that their open air store was offbeat and unexpected.
A special shout out to the very nice sales people at Michael Kors. They let us browse, talked to us and even complimented something I was wearing. Even if it was a sales tactic, it made me feel special.
Did I get over my misgivings about fancy schmancy stores? Maybe just a little. The Michael Kors folks were really nice and quite fun to chat with. It was also late in the day on a weekday, so perhaps they were a little extra bored. Who knows? Maybe one day, I’ll feel comfortable enough to actually BUY something.
Do fancy stores intimidate you, or am I just a freak? Do you have any favorite luxury stores or high end shopping streets near you where you like to browse, window shop or actually buy something?