Sunday, March 27, 2011

Holt Renfrew Fires its Doorman after 21 Years

High end fashion retailer Holt Renfrew has fired Tom Hargitai, who was the doorman at their flagship store in downtown Toronto for the past 21 years. The only statement given was that it was "not for performance reasons".

In an interview with the Toronto Star I found it very telling that Hargitai was noting the changing retail landscape of downtown Toronto, where the high end Holt's location is now flanked by lower end stores such as Gap and Zara.

Gap is a clothing retailer that offers cheap "fashion" thanks, in part, to their success at employing child slave labour in places like India. Zara, meanwhile, is an industry leader at rapidly knocking off high end fashion with low cost facsimiles.

"It's not what it was." Hargitai is quoted as saying. "Holt's used to stand out. The classy days are gone."

While it may be true that the "classy days" are gone, hopefully the few remaining aficionados of class, and purveyors of class, are merely endangered species.

In the meantime it's sad to say that Hargitai's best job opportunity at this point may be as a greeter at Walmart.

1 comment:

  1. With all the lost wealth of the middle class and the concentration of wealth of the socialist elite soon we will all be dressing and purchasing the same blue or grey uniforms of the Mao revolution so keep buying all these cheap inferior products and keep empowering the socialist elite. Dont blame the consumer as they have been duped.I blame the shareholder of these corporations who demand profit over quality. We live in a time that the only way to make money is to own a bank and start your own ponzi scheme or controlled fraud and have the government in your back pocket and lobby the shit out of your representative with billions of fraudulently obtained money. So enjoy low quality crap from your local crap retailers and forget about pride and craftmanship.Does anybody know where I can purchase a Chinese or Indian automobile?