Great shopping has become synonymous with the Las Vegas experience. Last year with the opening of Crystals at CityCenter, the city ushered in new boutiques from the likes of Marni, Paul Smith and Kiki de Montparnasse. And now, with the opening of the long-anticipated Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Dec. 15 and its introduction of nine new shopping experiences, fashion devotees have a whole new class of stores to look forward to.
Vegas Seven recently spoke with Terri Monsour, the Cosmopolitan’s retail consultant, about what the new stores mean for Las Vegas and how tenants were selected to craft the perfect mix.
What was your role in securing the retail partners?
I met with the key executives of the Cosmopolitan and had a very clear understanding of what the property was all about. The “attitude” of the property set the stage for me to curate an assortment of sophisticated yet approachable boutiques. I sought to assemble a collection of amazing retail boutiques that would be complementary to the Cosmopolitan experience.
How did you select the stores to be part of the retail mix? What were the parameters?
When I was choosing the stores to be in the retail collection, my mission was to discover the “Best in Class” boutiques that were not already in Las Vegas.
Who is your target shopper at the Cosmopolitan?
The guest of the Cosmopolitan as well as all locals and any visitor seeking a different and unique shopping opportunity.
What do shoppers have to look forward to?
Guests will find a collection of nine terrific boutiques that they would have to travel to numerous cities to shop in—all pulled together in an exciting environment that is incredibly easy to navigate.
Which stores are you most looking forward to personally?
Each store in the Cosmopolitan retail collection is fascinating in its own right and each brings something new and fresh to Las Vegas, and in the case of Skins 62, new to the United States.
What’s the plan to get locals to shop at Cosmo?
I am confident that once the word gets out about these great shops that all local fashionistas—men and women—will be wanting to shop at the Cosmopolitan.
The nine exclusive boutiques at the Cosmopolitan run the gamut from high fashion to high design.
AllSaints’ brocade military jacket
AllSaints’ black velutina dress.
Photo by Gerard van HeesDroog’s 85 Lamps by Rody Graumans
AllSaints Spitalfields. Taking the United States by storm, AllSaints Spitalfields, the fashion powerhouse from across the pond, makes a bold splash on the Strip. Known for its impressive store design, this outpost will carry men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories.
Beckley. Harkening back to the days of old Las Vegas (the original Beckley garment store made its debut on Main Street in 1930), Melissa Richardson offers her high-fashion L.A.-based boutique brand that carries womenswear and accessories from progressive designers such as Erin Fetherston, Camilla & Marc and Halston.
CRSVR Sneaker Boutique. DJ Vice introduces his Santa Barbara, Calif.-based limited-edition sneaker and apparel shop to desert dwellers. Brands featured include Nike, Supra, Diamond Supply Co. and Brixton.
Droog. The Dutch conceptual design company premieres its first West Coast store at the Cosmopolitan. Always thumbing its nose at the conventional, Droog offers shoppers a range of products, from lighting to furniture to small case goods.
DNA2050. The exclusive denim boutique carries premium brands such as Joe’s, AG, William Rast and True Religion, and this will be its fourth U.S. location.
Molly Brown’s Swimwear. In a city known for showing skin, this store offers the very best selection of hard-to-find designer outdoor apparel from noted companies such as Beach Bunny, Luxe, Vitamin A and LSpace.
RetroSpecs & Co. Another store recruited from the fashion-forward streets of Los Angeles, vintage eyewear store RetroSpecs finds its way to the Cosmo, preserving styles from the 1870s through the 1970s—each one a museum-worthy piece.
Skins 62 Cosmetics. High-end beauty company Skins 62 Cosmetics makes its U.S. debut.
Stitched. The bespoke menswear emporium makes its retail debut, featuring a range of products for the man who only demands the very best, from neckties to socks and everything in between.
Eamon Springall aptly describes his first retail venture as a “gentleman’s cave.” Stitched (which is part-owned by the owners of WENDOH Media) will be a true bespoke experience, featuring custom-made clothing where the customer becomes the designer, and it will carry brands such as Rag & Bone, Comune, Jacks & Jokers, Cr8tive Recreation and Esquivel shoes. Throwing in a dash of celebrity, Stitched has partnered with “jeweler to the stars” Jason of Beverly Hills to create a store within a store. And because real men drink scotch when they shop, Springall says you have to check out the “lockers.” “We’re building a living-room-style lounge with 100 owner-controlled scotch lockers,” he says. “These lockers will be hand-selected for the opinion leaders, decision-makers and influencers who run Las Vegas.” Designed by Mark Tracy of Chemical Spaces, Stitched will also feature photos curated by Jay Nailor.