Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Whether you came here specifically to shop or
you had a great night at the tables, retailers in Vegas are ready offer
only-in-Vegas purchasing experiences.
Las Vegas has Tiffany & Co.
and Louis Vuitton stores like other cities have Starbucks.
  It's easy
to explain why: Of the 41 million travelers who arrived in Las Vegas in 2014
(according to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority), 61 percent
of visitors shopped while they were here.
Only a decade or so ago, shopping was regarded as a necessity to keep
significant others amused while gamers were at the tables.
But now entertainment dollars spent—on dining, shopping, shows—have
eclipsed gaming spending for at least as many years.
Many people come here exclusively to shop; several years ago, McCarran Airport
recorded planes leaving Las Vegas for Brazil with significantly heavier loads
than when they arrived (blame Jimmy Choo).
With so much on offer, even the stores that are inevitable attractions,
such as the Louis Vuitton in The Shops at Crystals, the largest Vuitton store
in North America, have to do something to set themselves apart.
At Vuitton, for instance, you'll find a permanent installation by light
artist James Turrell (free, with a reservation), multiple private lounge and
entertainment areas, and even dedicated concierges.
  Elsewhere in
Crystals, the glittering mall in the 76-acre mixed-use development of City
Center, you'll find the first Tom Ford women's collection in the U.
S.
, a
recently expanded Gucci store, a massive Tiffany & Co.
with a proposal balcony, cinematic features like Fendi's scale model of the
Trevi Fountain, a full fashion runway in Roberto Cavalli, and an 8,000-crystal
horse sculpture suspended from the ceiling at Stella McCartney.
At the concierge desk, guests can book translators, personal shoppers and
in-store showings.
If you're a bona fide big spender, most high-end stores have experiences
you'd otherwise never know existed, such as the luxurious back room at Van
Cleef & Arpels in Crystals, where VIPs sip Champagne and consider
high-carat pieces that will never make it to the front counter.
You will likely never see a sale along the Esplanades of Wynn and Encore, a
collection of boutiques selected for its unparalleled luxury.
Givenchy bypassed New York to open its first U.
S.
boutique at Wynn last year.
Prior to its opening, a couturier working with Givenchy creative director
Riccardo Tisci flew in from Paris to oversee the final fittings for Andrea
Wynn's dress to wear to the opening event.
Wynn's retail insiders act as liaisons between the fashion houses and
couture clients staying in the hotel, and will even provide villas to
accommodate fittings—including those who use the made-to-order bridal
services of Alexander McQueen in the resort.
If you want to feel as if you're in Paris, shop the Chanel store in
Encore that's modeled after Coco's own atelier.
If you have a really good night at the tables, drop by the state's only
authorized Penske/Wynn Ferrari-Maserati showroom, located right on the
esplanade.
(You might even see Steve Wynn's own jet-black LaFerrari on display, one of
only 499 made, and 120 that ended up in North America.
) The Forum Shops,
the massive Roman extravaganza connected to Caesars Palace, contains
everything from Valentino to Christian Dior, Hublot, and the second Alfred
Dunhill store in the U.
S.
(all with their own back-room shopping experiences).
It also provides a concierge who can arrange translators in more than 25
languages to accommodate shoppers from around the world.
Want to garner this custom shopping experience for yourself? You can
arrange exclusive presentations at Burberry and Van Cleef & Arpels, and
private fittings at more than 15 of the boutiques mentioned here.
Andrea Bennett is the Editor in Chief of Vegas Magazine, and covers the Las
Vegas beat for Travel + Leisure.
Follow her on Twitter at @AndreaBennett1.
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