Tiffany clients ditching blue luggage for plain ones as NYC crime soars

Tiffany clients ditching blue luggage for plain ones as NYC crime soars

NYC buyers are looking — and shopping for — in incognito mode.

Amid an uptick in crime, luxurious retailers on Fifth and Madison avenues are more and more providing clients nondescript white paper luggage to hide their high-end purchases. The easy sacks cowl up the shops’ signature procuring luggage — suppose Hermès orange, Tiffany blue and Cartier pink — that may be a goal of thieves.

“You don’t need to entice consideration,” stated Lavi Rudnick, 38, who works in trend and had been looking Hermès’ Madison Avenue flagship retailer on Friday together with his spouse, Julie.

After shelling out practically $3,000 on a purse and a pair of scarves, the pair opted to disguise their purchases in a white paper bag. Only a educated eye might discern the flash of trademark orange peeking out from the sides.

The couple, who dwell in Williamsburg, stated they’ve been taking additional precautions as of late. 

Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue flagship offers clients the choice to hold little blue luggage inside a plain white bag to keep away from entice consideration from potential road thieves.
Helayne Seidman

“We’re hesitant to put on nicer issues — like good watches [in public],” Julie advised The Post. “I do know crime is up; if I’m within the subway, I conceal all the things.” 

There had been 148 complaints for grand larceny within the earlier 28 days by means of May 14 within the Midtown North precinct, the place Fifth Avenue flagships corresponding to Tiffany’s, Cartier and Louis Vuitton are situated, an increase of 94% from two years ago; and 132 complaints within the nineteenth Precinct that’s dwelling to Madison Avenue flagship Hermès, which represents an increase of 55%.

Manny Ferrer, a gross sales affiliate who’s labored within the luxurious purse division at Bergdorf Goodman for a decade, advised The Post he had been assaulted final Monday round 10 a.m. on his solution to work from Port Authority.

White bag inside Hermes.

Rudnick inside Hermes.
Helayne Seidman

“I seen a person lunge at a girl and hit her shoulder onerous to the purpose the place she was harm. She stumbled somewhat and saved strolling,” he recounted.

“Then, growth, he hit me on the facet [of the face] … he’s screaming at me, ‘Go forward, name 911!’ The police got here. My ear was swollen. Thank God he didn’t pull out a knife. I used to be shaken up.”  

While he stated his division didn’t provide the white luggage, he thought they appeared “typically a good suggestion.”

Meanwhile, an worker at Hermès advised The Post that the white luggage are provided to clients who buy high-ticket objects “only for discretion, in case you’re strolling the streets.” 

Louis Vuitton.
An worker at Louis Vuitton advised The Post the shop has heightened safety within the final 12 months.
Helayne Seidman

At the newly reopened Tiffany & Co. flagship at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, an worker advised The Post that white luggage can be found to clients who ask for them; an worker at Louis Vuitton’s Fifth Avenue flagship advised The Post the identical.

Melissa O’Connor, president and CEO of the Retail Council of New York State, advised The Post in an e-mail that shops have ramped up asset-protection protocols corresponding to educated safety guards, however urges: “That alone won’t clear up the challenges dealing with retailers.”

O’Connor acknowledged, “Stores have had no selection however to suppose creatively and spend money on safety measures, as retail theft complaints within the metropolis have elevated by 77% over the previous 5 years.

“We have spent a rare period of time as an business specializing in options to reverse this pattern, whereas additionally prioritizing the protection of workers and clients.”

Shoppers carrying white bags.
Shoppers alongside Fifth Avenue.
Helayne Seidman

On Wednesday, Mayor Adams introduced his administration’s plan to combat retail theft, which soared 44% from 2021 to 2022.

Recent Fordham graduate Jose, 23, who declined to present The Post his final identify, walked out of Cartier on Fifth Avenue Thursday night with a pen he had bought for upward of $500.

He had it hid within the retailer’s white bag.

“I feel it’s fairly sensible, truthfully,” he stated of the pattern.

“I’ve seen folks get issues swiped whereas learning right here so it’s an excellent name to make use of the white luggage. It feels safer.”



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