Originally Posted by knowsnothin
This is nonsense on many levels. FB was in bankruptcy when it was purchased by Syms two years ago. They have not severed ties with high-end stores, as I purchased a Brioni suit from a high-end retailer there last year
. I have also seen Barney's items there last time I was in Boston
. FB carries a bunch of crap, but they also purchase overstock and end of season items from anyone who will sell it to them, if the price is right.
The reference to "Filenes" is wrong for an additional reason. In 2006, Filene's stores were merged with Macy's, phasing out the Filene's name. Therefore, FB could not have ended its relationship with Filenes after Syms bought FB because has already ceased to exist years before the purchase.
In regards to your first statement I don't doubt that you were able to score your finds there in past years or even past months. I too have had some great stuff that I bought at my location within the last year. However, I am only telling you what the manager at my FB told me. He said that they have phased out all of their "high-end, designer" relationships. And I can say for fact that this is the case at my location. The selection speaks for itself.
In regard to your second statement, in reading my post I can see it made it sound like they severed their ties all at one time, immediately. I apologize for that. The severing of their relationships, again, per their SA/manager, has been gradual since their purchase by Syms.
Either way I'm sure there are still gems collecting dust in FBs across the country. However, as it has been told to me, they are not continually refreshing their stock of high-end merchandise.