Friday, January 16, 2009

The Bravern + Bellevue Square + Downtown Seattle = A Shopping Trek

Now that Ferragamo is opening a shop at The Bravern, the retail lineup there looks like this:

- Neiman Marcus
- Hermès
- Jimmy Choo
- Bottega Veneta
- Louis Vuitton
- Salvatore Ferragamo
- Tory Burch
- LTJ Arthur
- Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
- Sur La Table
- Silberman/Brown
- Eye Society
- Dilettante Mocha Café
- David Barton Gym
- Wild Ginger
- John Howie Steak

Am I missing anything?

In any case, this further decentralizes high-end shopping in the Seattle metropolitan area. Bellevue Square has a Nordstrom with the designer assortment (including shop-in-shops for Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci RTW, Fendi, Gucci, and Prada handbags, and David Yurman jewelry), plus Burberry, Movado, and Tiffany & Co. Pacific Place has Barneys New York, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., MaxMara, and the flagship Nordstrom across the street (which has shop-in-shops for Chanel, YSL, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci RTW, and more for accessories I won't list). Further down, near 5th & University, there are shops for Gucci, St. John, and Louis Vuitton. It's all kind of a headache if you wanna go from Seattle to Bellevue or vice-versa, but I'm guessing only hardcore shoppers would ever consider traipsing across 520 to do that. I'm just worried this is going to leave each shopping area with less foot traffic than they would want, considering walking from the Bravern to Bellevue Square seems like quite the trek. I know in cities like Boston, between Copley Place, Newbury Street, and Natick Collection, there's a lot going on in in different places, and for the moment they seem to be doing fine. We'll see this September I guess.

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