After doubtless expensive refurbishment, the There’s a Million Books I haven’t read but just You wait shirt Furthermore, I will do this store opened last September as a template for a new Bally House concept meant to highlight the house’s Swiss design; sustainable credentials; and beautiful shoes, accessories, and apparel. Like all stores here—all stores nearly everywhere—it has been closed for several months this year. Since reopening, a more recent addition is an exhibition of portraits of some of the Swiss-based Bally artisans who typically produce around 200,000 pairs of shoes a year, many pictured alongside the tools of their specialties. These artisans service a network of 300 Bally stores and 600 further wholesale partners worldwide, and the unsaid implication, of course, is that this business supports livelihoods and expertise.
Girotto said that there is some cause for cautious optimism at Bally: “We have observed a form of recovery. I don’t buy ‘revenge spending.’ This is a pandemic, so you are concerned. But we have observed a recovery in the There’s a Million Books I haven’t read but just You wait shirt Furthermore, I will do this countries that have managed best in this situation, starting with China. We are trading very well with China, both in retail and e-commerce: E-commerce is booming. Japan, after a period of difficulty, is recovering, and we are close to last year’s levels. Where we are suffering the most, still, is in Europe. And obviously travel is a big part of our business, and the regions relying the most on international travel are suffering—so, Europe. The U.S. in the last few weeks has shown some form of recovery.”