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Marc Jacobs opens a store, residents get a FREE bag.

Manuel Argueta

Born in Guatemala City, moved to Chicago, Died in NYC

The upscale Marc Jacobs opened a day early at the Elysian Hotel (11 E Walton St) on February 24.  It appeared that the man in charge, Robert Duffy, Marc Jacob's right hand man thought the store was ready.  According to one of the models (saleswoman) at the store, everything was ahead of schedule and Duffy was quoted as saying that it was one of the easiest store openings.

Unfortunately due to Fashion Week in New York City and London, Marc Jacobs was unable to attend.

How did word get out about the store opening a day in advance? Twitter of course.  Robert Duffy was promoting all throughout the official grand opening and the day before.

The store was smaller than I expected but boy, was it luxurious.  The staff is very friendly and very good-looking.  The layout is fabulous.  This is the official Marc Jacobs line, so items are quite expensive.  I was blown away by the $225.00 price tag on a shirt that could easily be found at H&M for $5.  The carpet is plush and makes you feel as if you are walking on air.  There is even a small section of more affordable items from the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.

On grand opening day, there was a server with bubbly champagne.  There were photographers taking pictures of the hip, upscale, trendy crowd.  Robert Duffy was there talking to the media.  On the day before the grand opening, the first 100 guests were treated to a free gift bag with the special code "Robert sent me."  There were still enough bags to go around the following day. 

What was inside the fabulous gift bags? Look for yourself!



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