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post #16 of 30
The Filene's store in Atlanta, has, mixed in with the stuff from Barney's, three Malo (Italy) summer sport jackets-95% cashmere; 5% silk. They look as good as Borelli to me, with working button-holes. One of them as a price tag in Euros, saying something like: "regular price 1,910.45 euros, outlet price 1,150 euros." Filene's has it for $399; now 1/2 off. Anyone know of Malo?
post #17 of 30
Malo makes nice sportswear, but the blazers are not very well constructed. Nice fabric though, very light. Universes away from Borrelli in terms of quality though.
post #18 of 30
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I think the DC Filene's has those same Malo cashmere blazers. The fabric is very, very soft. I'd buy one if the colors they had were more user-friendly. I've only seen various pastel colors (yellow, bright light blue, etc.) and gray.
post #19 of 30
This Malo cashmere sportjacket has been around on EBay for quite a long time, just to give us all a look at one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....68&rd=1 There's been a posting on this item on one of the fora (absence of the breast pocket was discussed). Nice color and fabric, though.
post #20 of 30
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I went to the Mazza Filene's basement (DC). The selection is far worse than Conn. Avenue. I considered several Borrelli shorts ($38/each) and a very nice Borrelli cashmere sweater ($150), but ultimately left empty-handed. I saw just two Borrelli shirts -- one with no size indicated (no label or tag) and one in size 15. Perhaps it just got cleaned out since the sale started Monday.
post #21 of 30
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I went to the Mazza Filene's basement (DC).  The selection is far worse than Conn. Avenue.  I considered several Borrelli shorts ($38/each) and a very nice Borrelli cashmere sweater ($150), but ultimately left empty-handed.   I saw just two Borrelli shirts -- one with no size indicated (no label or tag) and one in size 15. Perhaps it just got cleaned out since the sale started Monday.
Hadn't been to FB in years and years (since my grad school days in Boston, actually...), but stopped by the Conn. Ave. store yesterday evening. Brioni and Oxxford shirts for $199?. What a "bargain". And unfortunately, no Oxxford suits in my size... I suppose it's back to ebay for me...
post #22 of 30
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I don't think I've ever seen really great deals on Brioni shirts at Filene's, but sometimes those Oxxford shirts do go on super-markdown. About this time last year, the Mazza FB had a huge rack of 8 or 10 dozen Oxxford shirts being sold for under $100 each (it was either $89 or $99 IIRC).
post #23 of 30
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I guess the deal I got on that Borrelli blazer ($750, plus tax of $35 or $40) wasn't that great after all. Here's our own discostu (Lance Hughes) selling a very similar blazer for $800 on EBay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW And that's just one of a few dozen Borrelli blazers he has....
post #24 of 30
Anyone have any update on when the Bergdorf stuff might trickle in? Not that I'm losing sleep over it. Now, about the next Grenson shipment at Bennies...
post #25 of 30
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I asked Kofi at Conn. Ave. on Tuesday, and he didn't know re: Bergdorfs. I checked out the National Press Filene's today (hey, it's a block from my office) -- nothing good on the sole 50% off rack. One rack of Barney's stuff that had a few nice things -- lots of Barney's label obviously (sweaters/shirts); some Smedley; a pair of Incotex slacks; some D&G and Versace. No suits and just one Varvatos blazer. By the way, that one 38R Borrelli suit in beautiful, but not exactly versatile "country" plaid (light tan, brown, red, perhaps some light yellow, etc.) is still there and is now 20% off.
post #26 of 30
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By the way, that one 38R Borrelli suit in beautiful, but not exactly versatile "country" plaid (light tan, brown, red, perhaps some light yellow, etc.) is still there and is now 20% off.
Yeah, I think I saw that exact same double-breasted number.
post #27 of 30
I spoke to a salesman at the Connecticut Avenue Filene's Basement (1133 Connecticut Avenue, corner of Connecticut  and DeSales St., across DeSales from the Mayflower Hotel.)  He told me that the Mazza Gallerie FB no longer stocks Oxxford as the Neiman's at the other end of Mazza had a fit as FB was selling $2495 Oxxford suits for $999.  He said that one day the Neiman's people showed up with a wad of cash and bought all the Oxxford suits.
post #28 of 30
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I spoke to a salesman at the Connecticut Avenue Filene's Basement (1133 Connecticut Avenue, corner of Connecticut  and DeSales St., across DeSales from the Mayflower Hotel.)  He told me that the Mazza Gallerie FB no longer stocks Oxxford as the Neiman's at the other end of Mazza had a fit as FB was selling $2495 Oxxford suits for $999.  He said that one day the Neiman's people showed up with a wad of cash and bought all the Oxxford suits.
Uhhh, I think that's technically illegal. AC, wanna pass this along to your buddies at Antitrust?
post #29 of 30
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Uhhh, I think that's technically illegal. AC, wanna pass this along to your buddies at Antitrust?
Actually, this may be okay. As both stores are located in the same retail development, it's very possible that Neimans has a provision in its lease prohibiting other tenants from selling or displaying merchandise which Neiman's is also selling. This is generally done to prevent the landlord from going out and entering into a lease with one of Neiman's competitors (and thus sucking away Neiman's profits at this store location). Neiman's would obviously be doubly concerned here, as FB sells at a much lower price point. If this is the case, then standard operating procedure would be for Neiman's to call the landlord and inform them that one of the other tenants (FB) was violating this lease provision and that the landlord should make them stop. As for a Neiman's employee coming in and buying up all of the Oxxford (if this is true), it sounds like somebody panicked. Regards, Jeff
post #30 of 30
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I spoke to a salesman at the Connecticut Avenue Filene's Basement (1133 Connecticut Avenue, corner of Connecticut  and DeSales St., across DeSales from the Mayflower Hotel.)  He told me that the Mazza Gallerie FB no longer stocks Oxxford as the Neiman's at the other end of Mazza had a fit as FB was selling $2495 Oxxford suits for $999.  He said that one day the Neiman's people showed up with a wad of cash and bought all the Oxxford suits.
If I was Filene's Basement, I would up the price at that location to, say $1250, and keep 'em coming. They'll make a killing just selling to Neimans. I bet that the FB people wish that they were working on commission. Of course, I'm sure that Oxxford would then have a fit
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