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Saks to discontinue Hilditch

post #1 of 29
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I went to Saks today (and got my first pair of EGs! - see the EG sales thread). A salesman approached my to ask about my shoes (C&J wingtips in pebble grain and dainite sole), so we got to talking.

He was a tiny bit better dressed than me - Brioni suit, Charvet shirt and tie and Berluti shoes. We talked about shirts and he said that Saks was dicontinuing Hilditch, becuase they want to push Garrick Anderson as their "British" shirt. He did say he thought Hilditch was the nicer shirt. They had a bunch of Hilditch out for 60%, so this might be a good time to load up. I don't think anybody else carries them in NY, right?
post #2 of 29
I thought Saks was promoting Hield as its British shirt.
post #3 of 29
Hilditch's otr collars are too low, which is funny if you consider their mtm collars are too high. I have a handful of their otr shirts and the collars are too low and small. I dont have a long neck either. Everything else about their shirts is acceptable and at 60% off, no worries.
post #4 of 29
Just curious, how do you know that his suit was Brioni and his shirt and tie were charvet? I've never actually had anyone tell me what they're wearing in real life.
post #5 of 29
I own 2 GA shirts from the made-for-Bergdorf-Goodman line, and can't stand either one of them. Based on half-baked cut and workmanship you'd wonder if they were meant to be worn by English lorry drivers. Luckily, I had the good sense to try on the Charvet shirt that I damn near purchased on the same shopping trip. It turned out so blousy, I could use it on occasion as a car cover for my PUV ( that's Performance Utility Vehicle for our european friends ) .
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by odoreater
I've never actually had anyone tell me what they're wearing in real life.

On many occasions, well dressed men(strangers and acquaintances alike) have approached me and offered the provenance of their kit, in exchange for mine. That's when you know that you're well dressed.
post #7 of 29
Saks discontinued Hilditch & Key in Chicago sometime ago. The best prices are on the Hilditch web site.


Cuff
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by Cuff Link
Saks discontinued Hilditch & Key in Chicago sometime ago.

Yes, yet they still carry Oxxford unlike all other Saks stores.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by AlanC
I thought Saks was promoting Hield as its British shirt.
Saks and Hield parted ways maybe two years ago. I have one Hield shirt; it is horrible.
post #10 of 29
Interesting. Recently Hilditch has got a few new accounts (over the last three years) like Ben Silver and Best of British Shirts, and le Bon Marche in Paris. The Americans and BoBS seem to be the only ones who request the UK-made shirts. The rest have no provenance tag. Quality seems about the same.

Sigh.

Since 2001-02, the only Saks store I've been to that carried H&K was NYC. DC discontinued it after 2001, SF didn;t know what H&K was...
post #11 of 29
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Just curious, how do you know that his suit was Brioni and his shirt and tie were charvet? I've never actually had anyone tell me what they're wearing in real life.

He told me all that 2 minutes into our conversation. It seemed like he was aching to share... He actually confirmed the urban legend (?) that clothing salesmen always look at your shoes first. He practically interogated me as to my favorite brand of everything, including watches, etc. Maybe it was a slow day.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tomasso
On many occasions, well dressed men(strangers and acquaintances alike) have approached me and offered the provenance of their kit, in exchange for mine. That's when you know that you're well dressed.

No matter how well I dress attention is always drawn away from my clothing by my dashing good looks.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by odoreater
No matter how well I dress attention is always drawn away from my clothing by my dashing good looks.

Connemara has a different means of drawing attention away from his clothing.
post #14 of 29
I was at Saks yesterday and I went through all of their OTR shirt offerings, particularly the sale items. I was very underwhelmed by Hilditch (not one shirt that I would wear even if a gift). Garrick Anderson had bold designs and colors, but at the price range the cut, collar and workmanship needed to be much better. My biggest disappointment came from Borrelli. I love Borrelli pants and I prefer them to Incotex, Barba, RLPL etc. I had lofty expectations for their shirts and I know many here love them. The Borrelli's that Saks had were very bland, workmanship was no better than some others and the collars were ugly. These were the sale items though and I did not look through the regular priced Borrelli's. I wanted to be blown away but I doubt that I will ever buy a Borrelli shirt now. At Saks sale price (about $210 I think after the "second cut" of 30%), there was better to be had. RLPL shirts were OK, nothing special. If you like Ike Behar ( I don't at any price), Saks has a treasure trove on sale. Truzzi's were nice, but the collars were not to my liking. The trip was not a waste though as I found a "new" brand that had wonderful shirts. Stitching was top notch, gorgeous collars, trim fit and quality cotton and buttons, I would say that they are at the very least on par with Truzzi and I'll go as far as to say that they are as nice as the Borrelli machine made stuff at Saks yesterday. I will be posting a pictorial and review over the weekend as I am very impressed with them. I will be picking up a few more today and looking through them carefully before I open my big mouth here and recommend them but given the patterns and cut, those that like the Italian style of shirts will be very pleased. Plus the sale price is only about $90. Given that Truzzi's and Borrelli's were over $200 on sale, I think I made out real nice.
post #15 of 29
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I found a "new" brand that had wonderful shirts

I'm scratching my head here trying to remeber which other Italian brand they had - care to share?
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