When I worked at Louis in 1986, we were the only store in America with Kiton (six 100% worsted cashmere navy chalk stripe suits; 48, 50, 50, 52, 52, 54 - drop 7cm). We sold all six within seven days, at $3,995 per. We were, along with Barneys, the only store selling Zegna (Murray Pearlstein styling our model for us). We were the only store with Loro Piana, Malo, Ruffo, Rubinacci, Rodex, Allegri, and so many others. Most notably, Louis,Boston was the first privately owned mens store in America to invite all its vendors - their principals - to our store on the same day to meet clients and take orders. We didn't call it a "trunk show" then; Murray Pearlstein, the owner of the store, named it The Designer Collective. The photo above shows Murray Pearlstein with Luciano Barbera at that first-ever event.
We were first. Always. We were the best. Always. Ask anyone who was there, then. They'll tell you. It was a glorious time.