reposted from official sales thread since i didn't see this one here
Originally Posted by Racove
Not alot of competition locally, but on the web, things are quite a bit more competitive.
Stel's actually has competition in boston these days. Barneys carries a few of the same brands they do and The Tannery in Cambridge has stepped their game up in the past 2 years a lot. A solid selection of R&B, shirt by shirt (ones i actually like i haven't seen before), steven alan, cdg shirt, yohji Y's, nico, saw BoO awhile back but haven't lately (still BoO x sperrys though), acne, barbour, common projects, pierre hardy, red wings, KMW, kzo, and a few others that forumites would like. Stel's is nice but their prices are just "ok" and beaten by some online retailers. Also, they seem kinda averse to sales. The staff is usually friendly though. I haven't bought anything from there but have walked through a few times. They still have 1 pair of W&H original black leather service boots (not the charcoal nubuck) in a size 10.5 or 11 (they fit like an 11.5 from what i remember) but they still are pricing them at original retail something like $775 Stel's is an alright store. It's pretty underwhelming in there at times as a lot of the pieces look kinda the same but in different brands. I remember talking to one of the guys there and it seems like they were getting some decent geller stuff in when i checked back late august. Not that exciting of a store but has a few items most forumites would enjoy. Although their terms, generally weak sales, and low stock/sizes will turn some off and i understand. Staff is nice and knowledgeable though. Much nicer than the Tannery which usually has a few douchebag looking guys or hot chicks roaming the floors who generally don't know a ton about the products (well the men's stuff at least). The Tannery will offer you deals if you talk to the fat guy with the goatee though. He seems to know the most. .I talked with him about a few pieces (these pierre hardys, this great CDG shirt blazer last spring and this unbelievable best m65 i've ever seen by Yohji Y's but is no longer there) and offered me 10% off the Y's jacket i kept eying.