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Thursday, February 29, 2024

#FashionAlert @Saks Luxury Pulse Reveals Growing Economic Optimism Among Luxury Consumers Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners @hallakcouturecleaner

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Saks, the premier luxury ecommerce platform, has unveiled insights from its latest Saks Luxury Pulse survey fielded in January, finding that luxury consumer optimism towards the economy and their personal finances is growing. Despite this positive trend in optimism, these sentiments are not yet translating to plans to spend on luxury and haven’t changed the consumers’ interest in promotions. The Saks Luxury Pulse also confirmed that luxury consumers find value in personalization and they are likely to engage in activities that will enhance their shopping experience by making it more individualized.

With these insights into luxury consumers' sentiments towards the economy, personal finances and luxury spending, as well as key components of the luxury shopping experience, such as personalization, Saks continues to leverage the Saks Luxury Pulse to uphold its position as the leading expert on the luxury consumer.

Positive trends in optimism about the economy and personal finances support Saks’ expectation that, although there is unlikely to be a significant change in luxury consumer behavior in the near term, luxury spending may increase in the second half of 2024.Luxury consumer optimism about the economy grew to 48%, an increase of 12 percentage points from the prior survey fielded in October 2023, and the highest level since the Saks Luxury Pulse started reporting on this question in April 2023.
57% of luxury consumers said they feel calm about the economy, an increase of 7 percentage points compared to the prior survey.
When it comes to their personal finances, 70% of luxury consumers feel both optimistic (an increase of 6 percentage points compared to the prior survey) and calm (up 3 percentage points to the prior survey).
The largest increase in overall optimism was among respondents with an income of $200k or more, with a 14 percentage point increase in optimism about the economy and an 8 percentage point increase in optimism about their personal finances compared to the prior survey.
Millennial respondents are the most optimistic generation about their personal finances.

“At Saks, we believe that luxury is a long game, and in order to win the luxury consumer over time, we must maintain our deep understanding of their changing behaviors, while offering them relevant and personalized shopping experiences,” said Marc Metrick, CEO, Saks. “Luxury is a sentiment-based business, so we’re pleased to see that attitudes toward the economy are improving, particularly as consumers have grown used to the dynamic macro environment. With that, we anticipate these positive sentiments will translate to an improvement in luxury spending in the back half of 2024.”

In the Saks Luxury Pulse, 57% of luxury consumers said they are planning to spend the same or more on luxury in the next three months compared to the prior three months, consistent with the prior survey. However, this time last year, 62% said they planned to spend the same or more on luxury.59% of Millennial respondents said they are planning to spend the same or more on luxury, 5 percentage points more than respondents of the Baby Boomer/Silent Generations and 1 percentage point more than Gen X respondents.
When shopping for luxury fashion, 24% of respondents said they are inclined to pay full price rather than wait as long as needed for the item they like to be on sale, down 2 percentage points from the prior survey.
When asked what they would need in order to increase their spending on luxury in the next three months, the top answer was an enticing sale or promotional event (55%), followed by an increase in income (43%).
When it comes to travel, 72% of luxury consumers have started to plan or already planned their next trip, a 3 percentage point increase from the prior survey. Of those, the majority (70%) are planning to buy luxury in preparation for their trip.
More than one-third of luxury consumers (36%) indicated that they are planning to spend more on travel in the next three months compared to the last three months, an increase of 9 percentage points compared to the prior survey, but down 7 percentage points year over year.

When shopping online for luxury fashion, 70% of luxury consumers say that they find value in personalization and are likely to engage in activities that enhance it.The luxury consumer finds the most value in personalized content and recommendations providing exclusive access to limited stock products, rewards and offers.
The majority of luxury consumers (93%) are likely to engage in activities that will further enhance their shopping experience through personalization, with the top three activities being creating an account, generating a wishlist and answering questions about their shopping preferences.

Emily Essner, Chief Marketing Officer, Saks, added, “Our mission to understand the luxury consumer through the Saks Luxury Pulse is closely tied to our personalization strategy. Both are geared towards a common goal of delivering highly relevant, personalized recommendations and shopping experiences that resonate with our customers, based on their preferences and sentiments. The latest survey insights demonstrate that our strategy is working and the luxury consumer is finding value in their experience, and we look forward to further advancing our personalization efforts for their benefit.”

About the Saks Luxury Pulse

The Saks Luxury Pulse is a quarterly online survey of luxury consumers’ attitudes towards shopping, spending and fashion trends. It is based on responses from 3,211 U.S.-based luxury consumers over age 18 and was fielded between January 10-16, 2024.

About Saks

Saks is the premier luxury ecommerce platform in North America. Driven by a mission to help customers express themselves through relevant and inspiring style, we serve as a destination to explore and discover the latest from established and emerging designers. Our expertly curated assortment features sought-after names in women’s, men’s and kids fashion, as well as beauty, home and lifestyle merchandise. Through the Saks website and app, we provide access to professional stylists, inspiring editorial content and interactive events. Our differentiated approach seamlessly combines elevated online experiences with in-person services through an exclusive partnership with the Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

Visit for more information. Follow @saks on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook @thesaksman on Instagram and Saks Fifth Avenue on LinkedIn.


#PeachysPicks #Alcala A Peachy's Pick Since 2012 Winter 2024 #Founder #ExecutiveChef and #Owner #JesusMartinez Sizzles Your Winter with Garlic Shrimp, Peachy's Favorite!!! 246 East 44th Street Manhattan

Founder, Owner and Executive Chef Jesus Martinez and Sam Martinez, his son
Not everywhere has wine where the owner's face is on the bottle....

If you want to see God with your tastebuds, look no further than 246 East 44th Street because the Founder, Executive Chef and Owner of Alcala goes by the same name: Jesus Martinez. Born on Easter Sunday, Jesus Sunday Martinez surely must have been disappointed when he came to America and found his April 20th birthday had a totally opposite meaning. Chrismas is in your stomach every day here when you order the garlic shrimp- certainly our favorite- and it seems like it just came down the chimney on Christmas eve and is just that sizzling!

Alcala made its debut on Whom You Know so long ago in 2012 when it became a Peachy's Pick, and we are pleased as punch to return.  In 1986, Jesus Martinez came to Westchester, New York from Spain and opened Alcala in the early 2000s on East 46th Street.  In 2011, Alcala moved to 246 East 44th Street where there are 60 coveted seats inside and 20 more outside.
The classy, old world atmosphere is brought into 2024 with the exciting menu selections that define fine Galician cuisine. Alcala is even better with the addition of Sam Martinez, Jesus's son and third of four children.  He graciously greeted us the moment we walked in and seated us right away.  His manners are among the best we have seen in Manhattan restaurants and hats off to his service: he was a 3rd division Marine Diesel Mechanic in California.  
We started at the top.
This is New York!
Gambas al Ajilo - Shrimp in a sizzling garlic sauce, is in a word: perfect.
Sizzling is an understatement: check it out in action.  Flavorful to the max, this garlic shrimp is a must in your culinary life.  Be certain to mop up all excess with bread because you are going to miss it once it's gone.

Note we never edit pictures.
You win like Jesus, or we do not publish. 
It looks exactly like this in real life.
Albondigas: Beef Meatballs in a Sherry Wine Sauce, hit the spot on a cold February day.  You'll delicately devour the deliciousness as six stand at attention and salute you.  Ensalada Verde is a classic with dressing on the side as we requested, and the freshness found at Alcala you won't find everywhere in Manhattan in the dead of winter.  It's exactly what we are looking for in a salad, an essential component of any meal.  Tomatoes are totally stand-out, marinated in salt and olive oil the right way.
Side dishes discovered at Alcala are also reflective of Jesus's authentic Spanish background.  Scalloped potatoes float in like a dream and the Sauteed Vegetables including squash, asparagus, carrots and green beans underscore the nutrition and goodness in classy and classic Spanish tradition found at Alcala.
Jesus Martinez personally introduced us to each and every one of his fabulous creations, obviously made-to-order.  Another distinguishing aspect of the Alcala excellence is the fact that Jesus Martinez has his own wine since 2019, both Cabernet and Chardonnay:
Avid readers know that Cabernet is essentially Peachy's favorite and this one measured up!
Some owners tell us they have wines made for them, but the visual evidence with the face and name is above and beyond at Alcala!
Don't you feel bad for the next restaurant Peachy goes to and asks about their own wine label and she'll think...but Jesus at Alcala has one!
Trends come and go, but the classics reign supreme.
Canelones de Espinacas y Gambas returns to Peachy's towering height with one of her favorites, SHRIMP, teaming up with Spinach and tomato in an absolutely gorgeous Bechamel sauce.  If you want to eat quiet luxury in addition to wearing it, order this.  
Jesus tells us his many repeat customers make him happy, and when you taste this, you see why they return.
When a restaurant is around for two decades straight, you know they are doing something right.  There are well over a dozen entree selections and deciding what to order is one of life's good problems.  Above, meet the hearty Pechugas de Pollo al Jerez: filet of chicken absolutely waltzing in a terrific light sherry sauce perfectly punctuated with artichoke hearts, succulent Serrano ham, and mushrooms and potato puree.  Every element is in perfect proportion to one another, and it hits the spot on a cold day in this New York winter.
Arroz Confitado, below, has flavorful rice emblazoned with Chorzio Sausage, Chicken, Shrimp, Squid, mushrooms and caramelized sofrito that culinarily confirm that you have just hopped on a plane to Spain and the address is 246 East 44th.  Who knows, maybe Jesus and Peachy are cousins because of the Irish/Spanish genetic connection and the Catholic history.
An enthused diner, Peachy rarely gets full as she paces herself and Jesus said we had to try some of his favorites and we were happy to comply.  His grandmother in Spain left him with both tremendous culinary memories and smashing kitchen skills which you now enjoy.
So, he tells us he likes the omelets and lamb chops.
Specifically under tapas, you will encounter the Croquetas, which his grandmother made all the time.  Olives, eggs, onions, potatoes all team up to make the best Spanish omelet ever, and it's no surprise to learn it's the second best seller after Garlic Shrimp.  The Grilled Lamb Chops, Chuletitas de Cordero, are juicy and delicious.  Pictures speak louder than words.
From the Flan Caramel Custard to the Semifredo de Almendras (Almonds), dessert seals the deal to success at Alcala, and the cappuccino proves to be the perfect companion.
Also, Jesus and Peachy agree that they are at the ideal age of 33 and a half!
Remember that.
Alcala Restaurant by Jesus Martinez is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.
We can't wait to see what they do next!


#CruisingPeachy Introducing Raleigh's Only Car Museum, The Museum at Car Space

Car Space is thrilled to announce a newly imagined experience with the establishment of Raleigh's first automotive museum. Gone is the private social club. In its place, the establishment, henceforth known as "The Museum at Car Space" or simply "The Museum," is on a mission to become a cultural hub within the Triangle, blending the worlds of automotive gallery displays, luxury hospitality, and community inclusivity under one roof.

Anthony You, Co-founder, stated, "Our mission is to allow everyone in the Triangle to experience and enjoy the legacy of these cars and the memories they evoke. We believe that cars and art have the power to bring people together and foster both personal and business relationships."

In alignment with our core value of "Every Man and Woman," The Museum introduces two new membership tiers, starting at $200 per year, designed to welcome people across the Triangle. Additionally, non-member guests can now visit the Museum by purchasing an admissions ticket.

Let's Get Drinks at "The Museum"

At the core of The Museum's hospitality offering is its sophisticated cocktail lounge, where jazz music sets the tone for an evening of storytelling and craftsmanship. Each cocktail served is a homage to the automobiles on display, with names and narratives that draw inspiration from their histories. For instance, the 'Black Magic,' a Hot Toddy rendition, pays tribute to the valiant story of Robert Montgomery, the original owner of our 1939 Rolls Royce Wraith and a celebrated MGM actor who served in World War II. This thoughtful connection between beverage and exhibit offers guests a deeper engagement with the themes on display.

The Museum is committed to providing a dynamic and ever-changing backdrop for its members and guests. With exhibits rotating every few months, The Museum ensures a novel experience with each visit. Currently, patrons can explore a carefully curated collection that celebrates automotive history, available until the second week of April. Following this, The Museum will shift gears to spotlight the power and nostalgia of 60s and 70s Muscle Cars, further demonstrating its dedication to showcasing a wide array of automotive marvels.

To enhance the visitor experience, The Museum at Car Space is introducing an array of new services, including a concierge and reception. This addition underscores our promise of 'Unreasonable Hospitality,' ensuring that every guest is greeted with warmth and every visit is memorable. Starting with the Muscle Cars exhibit in April, The Museum will also incorporate memorabilia and artwork into its displays, enriching the visual and educational journey for all who walk through its doors.

"The Museum at Car Space is more than just a venue; it's a cultural hub where the stories of iconic automobiles are told through exhibits, cocktails, and the ambiance we create," said Dave Younts, CEO of Car Space.

As The Museum at Car Space continues to evolve, it invites the community and potential partners to join in its celebration of automotive history and culture. With its commitment to accessibility, storytelling, and exceptional hospitality, The Museum is poised to become a landmark destination for not just car enthusiasts, but all those who appreciate the finer aspects of cultural experience.

Inclusive Membership And Admission Options

"In alignment with our core value of 'Every Man and Woman,' The Museum introduces two new membership tiers. We always dreamed of a club where everyone felt welcome and were inspired to build their aspirations. The Museum is our opportunity to share something special with the community here in the Triangle. We invite everyone to come experience the space with our new membership and admission options."

Base Membership, priced at $200 per year, offers unlimited access to visit and enjoy our car exhibits, experience the best cocktails in Raleigh, and fuel your competitive drive on our racing and golf simulators. Members of The Museum at Car Space also enjoy discounts on private events and coworking spaces within Car Space.

Collector Membership, priced at $1,500 per year is designed for those who love to host and entertain. This tier provides the privilege to bring guests to The Museum without them purchasing an admissions ticket. Additionally, Collector Members can utilize our reserved seating in the cocktail lounge. Perhaps the best perk of Collector Membership is the ability to host one private event hosting per year with no venue fee (normally $3,000 or more per event). Additional perks include reciprocal benefits at future Museum locations.

Single Day Admission, priced at $20 for adults, $15 for Military and first Responders, and free for children aged 15 and under, offers access to non-members who are curious about our exhibits, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the magic of The Museum.

Located in Raleigh, The Museum at Car Space is a pioneering space where automotive passion meets cultural appreciation. Through a range of exhibits, membership options, and a dedication to hospitality, we invite everyone to explore the rich history and excitement of the automotive world.


#PeachysPicks @ManhattanPeachy #PeachyDeegan #EffieNagar #WhomYouKnow A Peachy's Pick Since 2017, Talia's Steakhouse Since 2002 @taliassteakhous Winter 2024 by Effie Nagar and Family

Founder and Owner Effie Nagar graciously greets guests
 Talia's Steakhouse was first featured in 2017:
Talia's Steakhouse was most recently featured in 2019 and we could not be more thrilled to announce our return!
Baby it is still pretty cold outside.  It's been a long winter and though on occasion we may get the 50F tease, it is cold out and you can count on Talia's Steakhouse to keep you warm.  From the Yemenite Chicken Soup above which boasts a brilliant amalgamation of spices along with potato and chicken to the Matzah Ball Soup below, a total classic, Talia's Steakhouse hits the ground running on an excellent dinner.  Open since 2002, Talia's Steakhouse is named after Effie's late daughter whom we know is reading upstairs!  It's a family affair with his sons involved today on many levels.
As we go back seven years now with Effie, he knows Peachy gravitates towards a strong red and he always has smashing selections.
...and they put the dressing on the side-lemon and olive oil - as the picky one here requested!
The Israeli Chopped Salad is highly coveted and looks exactly as fetching as these pictures indicate.  If you are new to us, you should know we never edit pictures.  We publish the truth and the truth is Talia and her Dad are amazing, and that is why we have been singing their praises for seven years.  Every component of this fresh salad sung a song of sunny days in your stomach.
We adore the classics, and the Mixed Garden Salad is exactly what we are looking for at any restaurant, regardless of whether it is fast casual or dressy, steakhouse or not, and our religion is good dinner and Catholic!  Balsamic Vinegar came to the party.  Effie shows you how Talia's is not only a great Kosher Steakhouse but that it is also a great Steakhouse period across the board and a great restaurant, particularly with his Ribeye:
Perfectly medium rare as requested, each bite was a carnivorous victory of juicy distinction that is signature of the experience you have at Talia's Steakhouse.  Genuine commitment to excellence is evident at every turn here.
From every angle, the grilled salmon is a winner and it was grilled to an absolute perfect medium, as requested.  A superb symphony of superlatively sauteed vegetables came to the party including broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini, adding a wow factor to the colorful visual and a taste factor to put the flavor in your dinner the right way.
Peachy and Effie above, and Peachy and Executive Chef Alex Ocampo below

Talia's Steakhouse continues to be Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!
We can't wait to see what Effie does next.

Effie's second trick up his sleeve is Shawarma Shabazi, right next door and named after Shalom Shabazi, his new fast casual concept.


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