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Las Vegas doubles down on luxe shopping

January 7, 2011 |  6:01 pm

Crystals. 
Las Vegas the fashion capital of the West? When it comes to shopping, it may just be. All through the recession, luxury brands have continued to pour money into the $28.2-billion retail market, adding to what was already a smorgasbord of high-end offerings.

Lanvin, Tom Ford, Donna Karan and Reed Krakoff all opened stores in Las Vegas in 2010, banking on exposure to the city’s nearly 40 million annual visitors. Other brands such as Louis Vuitton and Prada built new, supersized boutiques, adding to the number of outlets they already have here.

The assortment of merchandise in Las Vegas is sophisticated, even avant garde at certain boutiques. And customer service can be over the top. You’re likely to get an enthusiastic “Hello!” before you’ve stepped 5 feet into a luxury store, even if you happen to be toting a yard of strawberry daiquiri.

To read more of my story about the luxe shopping scene in Las Vegas, click here.

-- Booth Moore

Photo: View of the Crystals shopping center at City Center in Las Vegas. Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.

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