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BMakowsky - Why Out of the Fine Retail Department Stores

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Does anyone know why B Makowsky handbags were pulled from all the high end department stores (i.e. Nordstrom and Macys)?

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Angry Bird1320021237.0634929 PostsRegistered 10/17/2007TX

My Macy's doesn't carry Dooney anymore! {#emotions_dlg.crying} They have M Kors now. It may depend on the market in select areas as to what is selling well.

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Sister Gol­den Hair1320021367.01714610 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

When we were in St Louis, the lady at Macy's said because TJ Maxx and Marshalls are carrying them. Same reason they got rid of KVZ's handbags.

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kittykatkay1320021416.45723127 PostsRegistered 2/24/2011

Macy's were carrying his wife's' bags for about two-three years, but they pulled them last year. They said they were not selling and brought back the "GUESS" brand. I would imagine the same thing is happening to Bruce's handbags. Don't like his bags and won't buy them. I even think he won't be on the Q much longer either. I think they'll sell what he has in their warehouses and then pulled the rug on him by this coming year.

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songbird1320021468.312111 PostsRegistered 12/31/2004

We have a new Michael Kors store coming to our mall. I don't know what the heck is going on with him, but since the success of Project Runway the former sports wear designer is expanding in to everything. From perfumes to handbags to what have you.

What that has to do with Makowsky, who knows. But you see the name Kors now.

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A Walker1320021883.5971236 PostsRegistered 1/4/2011
Lol Songbird that might be just the reason - times change, tastes change, therefore stores need to keep up with what sells! Apparently Kors is having the run now along with Rachel Zoe!

Silverandg­old13200224371340 PostsRegistered 2/9/2008NJ

Yes, the Macy's & Nordstroms by me also have stopped carrying B Mak bags. And I do see them more & more in TJ Maxx & Marshalls. In fact, I just got a B Mak pewter hobo for 99 & it is selling on Q for 179. I also notice that Macy's is carrying less Tig bags than they did previously. They still have a large selection of Coach & now Michael Kors.

granddi1320023445.18833 PostsRegistered 9/8/2009

B Mack bags are no longer in high end dept stores bc they are no longer high end bags. Dooney is trying to have it both ways too. A line "exclusive for QVC" is the buzz word for not the same quality as dept stores. Many in the business world call QVC the walmart of electronic retaining.

ShowMe1320024040.50345173 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri

And....maybe......just maybe.....QVC might have something in their contract with these 2. Look at what happened with Liz Clairborne...., and IM.

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BaileyBop1320024429.1932588 PostsRegistered 2/20/2008

Our Macy's pulled out both KVZ and BM because they were available on QVC. In their place........drum roll.......Brahmin.

Rainbows a­nd Roses1320024511.44318545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

I think they make more money pulling from the stores.....they probably make more money.

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1320024604.78318545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

I do believe name brands make a cheaper quality for QVC. I know my Rowenta Iron that I purchased from QVC is not as good as my friend that bought hers at Bed Bath and Beyond. I never thought the quaility would go down but it has.....when they sell to QVC.

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kjliberty1320024620.2726 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007

Our Macy's doesn't even carry coach. I think it depends on the demographics (ugh!) of the area.

barbados1320025167.54314405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007
On 10/30/2011 kjliberty said:

Our Macy's doesn't even carry coach. I think it depends on the demographics (ugh!) of the area.


My Macy's doesn't carry coach either, but they do still carry BMak bags. Nordstrom's in my area still sells Bmak bags also.

SFGIANTSGI­RL1320026355.4933350 PostsRegistered 12/5/2008Clayton, CA
On 10/30/2011 Housewife of QVC said:

My Macy's doesn't carry Dooney anymore! {#emotions_dlg.crying} They have M Kors now. It may depend on the market in select areas as to what is selling well.


My Macy's only had about 10 DB bags {#emotions_dlg.crying} {#emotions_dlg.thumbdown}

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JoyJ1320033794.5576791 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010California

I was just at my Nordstroms this weekend and I saw a lot of BMaks in there. But the Macy's that is in the same mall as quit carrying the BMak line.

D Oro1320263843.9374072 PostsRegistered 2/17/2011Knock Knock, USA
On 10/30/2011 songbird said:

We have a new Michael Kors store coming to our mall. I don't know what the heck is going on with him, but since the success of Project Runway the former sports wear designer is expanding in to everything. From perfumes to handbags to what have you.

What that has to do with Makowsky, who knows. But you see the name Kors now.

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Michael Kors has had his own stores and boutiques for years. Way before Project Runway. A new one opened up in Austin in 2008. I don't think I saw a bag under $500 in there. That was when his line Rehearsal Bags came out too. I fell in love with them on the spot. All of the Michael Kors bags are made in Italy. Victoria Beckham and lots of celebrities carry his bags. This is not the same line that you find at TJ Maxx however. That line is named MichaelKors. I think QVC carried his second line a few years back too. I'm not certain about that though.

I know, a lot of rambling on my part. I think Project Runway has helped sales. It just didn't launch his career or his success. It just gilded the lily so to speak.


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Lowry831320264871.1073400 PostsRegistered 8/15/2008

I'll look on the bright side. It will save me money to not have BMakowsky bags at my local Nordstrom. {#emotions_dlg.wink} I often was tempted by his bags that are slightly more expensive than the ones offered on QVC.

stevieb1320546246.15730960 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007

Because they're a dime a dozen... Sorry and no offense if you love them, but I was at Marshalls yesterday and the purse department was like a Makowski convention. There were SO many of them and the prices were a great deal lower than here or at the nicer stores... Makowski bags have been available at discount stores for some time, but it was the volume of them on the rack that blew me away. Let's face it, when the bags have become that plentiful at discount, why would the higher end stores continue to dedicate significant shelf space to them...?

Pampered L­ady1320547606.853173 PostsRegistered 6/18/2010

I saw B Makowsky bags at Sam's Club today...{#emotions_dlg.blink}

Love Roses1320943897.09710663 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007

I know that the B.Mack bags/Kathy bags were sold to a Chinese Corp. Maybe that may have something to do with it as they are just reps now. They own Tiganello too, I've read this info on the forums.

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Gypsydog1320947049.1435 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007

I didn't realize they had.. it's got to be about reducing that high-dollar middle man though. I always go to Ebay first these days anyway. You wouldn't believe all of the brand new B. Makowsky bags for sale there now. I wrote to one seller and asked why their unused QVC B Mak bag was listed for $29 and they said they just really needed the money more than the bag right now and had it priced to sell. Something to think about! Maybe that's why Nordstrom doesn't carry them anymore - Ebay! lol

MeganRose1321122462.0232766 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007

Does anyone know why we haven't seen Kathy Van Zeeland??

shereedh1321332340.62321 PostsRegistered 10/16/2010

Actually, I was just in Macy's today and I asked if they selling b. makowsy bags anymore. They used to be in a prime position next to the Dooneys. The saleswoman said that all the bags were pulled and said that they were big sellers in the store. She said it had something to do with QVC. They were going to have exclusivity to his entire bag line. Sounds like a replay of the problem that happened with the Tova signature line. QVC buys them out and the quality goes downhill. Greed is never a good thing. The quality of the bags has already changed even in the last year. It's really ashame.

Girlo1321763694.932949 PostsRegistered 1/20/2007
My Macys carries Dooney but I love going to the Dooney outlet at woodbury commons outlets . Lord and Taylor has makowsky bags.....I just bought one 2days ago. Nordstrom has about 13 makowsky bags on their website

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tawnyPa1321765259.5733052 PostsRegistered 8/20/2007Pennsylvania

Hi Kim, welcome to boards. I posted on this about a month ago when I was at Macys looking for his new collection. The saleslady said no more, they pulled them with no explanation. I do think that being sold so much on Q that it was competition for some stores, with the ez pay, but, I did get my b maks from Macys and always on sale. Oh well. I honestly am getting tired of them, seems there all getting to be the same, dark leopard lining, liked it 4 years ago, a cell phone pocket on the back, slouchy and no structure. Anyway, at least my Macys still sells Coach, Dooney, Michael Kors, and well Tigs. That's my new go to bag, Tig. take care tawny

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