I used to feel that way too. But as I grew my handbag line, I came to realize that a product line built on the strength of boutiques is much better off in the end. The bottom line is that Boutique buyers are much more loyal at the end of day. That said……Dept stores do have their allure and high power appeal.
So what to expect if one comes calling?
I’d stick with the boutique building strategy for a while……until you have at least 200 boutiques you can count on each season.
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