NOM Trucks \ Runway Shows

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Marc Jacobs’ Runway Show for Louis Vuitton

{fashionologie.com/popsugar} Spring 2012

{Gotham Magazine} Spring/Summer 2013

PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION!

The idea or content can be worth nothing unless it can be executed or presented well. I’m a horrible presenter and I’m working on it. So this is horrible news for me.

Louis Vuitton’s runway shows are more than models strutting the catwalk. Instead of doing the usual walk down the runway, they choreographed the catwalk with a carousel and escalators. AMAZING.

Heeled Sandals

The ankle strap high heel. Been seeing them around lately and they’re gorgeous. Minimal. Simple.

Classic Saint Laurent Jane Sandal In Black Leather

But I’m clumsy. Gotta face the facts. I love them but they scare me. Found another pair of beauties that are different but share similarities with the YSL. And *ding ding ding* sturdy. The chances of me falling should be less. And I like how they look like they were 30% sure they wanted to be booties.

{freepeople} Dolce Vita Gwen

Men’s Shoes

My dad rarely shops. But when he does, he makes sure he doesn’t have to for the next year or so. I was sitting at home and Dad comes home with these Allen Edmond shoes:

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Ornate, vintage flair, subtle details, AND a matching belt. I don’t know why my dad’s purchases get me excited. The look fits his style well. I think everything that he wears is simple and basic. Nice to see him invest in some great quality accessories with some design. Also, he donated an old pair of shoes and the store gave him a $35 discount. He heard about the store and the discount in the WSJ. I also find it interesting how my dad reads about clothing alongside world news and the finance section whereas I get my fashion fix from store blogs, magazines, and fashion apps. And a guy like him wants to get in and out and would prefer to shop somewhere with a helpful salesperson. Lately, I prefer shopping online with no human interaction. I think the difference lies in our habit, budgets, and familiarity with the store.

  • Habit__ Something marketers either love or hate. Love when you’re in it, hate when they can’t get you out of it. I’ve been in the habit of shopping online lately due to my schedule. Rather than going to the mall, I quickly check my favorite stores’ sites and see what sale promotions are going on. Dad isn’t a frequent shopper and it’s set in his mind to go to a mall when he wants to buy apparel.
  • Budget__ The more you are going to spend, the more you’ll want out of the experience. With a lower shopping budget, I don’t care for any assistance. I care about getting the best deal. On the other hand, if I’m going to spend X amount I do want to feel special. I’d pay more attention to customer service because if it doesn’t meet expectations, I have the flexibility to give another store my business. Of course, I believe all stores and companies should treat their customers courteously and give top-notch service regardless of their budget but, in the point I’m trying to make it, it’s about what the customer’s expecting based on how much they’re willing to spend.
  • Familiarity__ The online stores I have been shopping at are ones that I’m familiar with. I don’t need to question my sizes and I have a decent idea of what to expect. On the other hand, my dad was shopping at a store he’s never been to before. Sizes and fit may differ slightly from store to store and it’s more assuring to shop in-store as oppose to online when checking out a new brand. But there are ways online companies are making up for the in-store experience and they’ve been getting creative. Online vs. In-store… my guess is it all comes down to personal preference and convenience.

I definitely have a bit of a fascination and interest in how men shop as well as the differences in online and in-store shopping. Will malls be redefined in the future? Will the malls as we know it still be around in 30 years? How big will e-commerce be and what approaches are going to be taken to embrace it?

Lastly, I couldn’t help but think that men’s shoes are so well made. Is it just me or is it easier to find a high quality, sturdy pair of shoes for men than it is to find one for women?