SLS will have seven different retail locations around the property and each one will be Fred Segal. Every one. The news release says it's the first time a hotel has ever done this. We're not so sure it's a good thing. Novelty, yes. Future pit stop of Vegas-based reality TV
catfights shows, yes. Future reference to (insert name of hot 2014 celebrity here) being spotted here, yes. (Except, Pink, we're guessing.) But, only offering Segal-branded boutiques means guests in search of other labels will need to venture far from the corner of SLS and Desolation Way to find them. And, once they're gone, they're probably out for a while meaning all those dollars are being spent elsewhere.
On the other hand, would Vegas visitors travel all the way to the SLS just to
window shop at Fed Segal? We wouldn't and the handful of people we polled, wouldn't. But, from all the Los Angeles references peppered throughout today's media alert, it seems that quite a lot of us aren't the "highly sought after consumer base" SLS is looking for. Which begs the question, if they build it, will LA's monied come?
(PHOTOS: philly.com, SLS)