I have a business idea. Would you go to a store that sold designer shoes such as louboutins, Valentino, Armani and had designer underwear such as agent provacator? I want to open up a store in my city centre that sells designer clothing and accessories that aren't sold in stores around me. Would this work? Also finance isn't difficult right now but what brands should I look for and do you have anything like this near you
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It's VERY unlikely that this would be possible.
In general, those kinds of brands are sold only through (1) the brands' own boutiques, and (2) major high-end department stores.
There are SOME smaller private stores that are officially licensed retailers for some of these brands -- but those tend to be in countries where the brands don't have any boutiques, and where there aren't major department-store chains that carry the brands. And, more often than not, the proprietors of those stores are VERY well connected within the fashion industry.
... and this is happening less and less, now that e-commerce exists. (When I lived in Medellín, Colombia, 17 years ago, if I wanted to buy a Gucci bag, I'd have to go to one of the 2 stores in town licensed to sell Gucci products. Now, anyone in Medellín can just get on the Internet and order from Gucci online.)
You are in Glasgow, which is in the UK. Those brands ALL have flagship stores in London, and the ones with wider reach (like Armani) probably have storefronts in Glasgow or Edinburgh, too. And even if they don't, there will definitely be a department store that carries those brands, and there is pretty much zero chance that you'll be able to become a licensed retailer.
Yr better bet would be to find some new, up-and-coming, UNKNOWN designers, and try to become the first in yr country to stock their products. If you are serious about that sort of thing, then you should definitely make yrself known at London Fashion Week (and probably travel to the other European Fashion Weeks), and you should get involved in the up-and-coming fashion scene in general.1
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