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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
I'd have to say that Wilkes has to take a seat to both Louis and Bergdorfs for conservative, tailored clothing. Still, it is very good in its class. Until a few years ago, Wilkes had an interesting selection of avant garde designers on the top floor that is now, unfortunately, gone, replaced by rather bland looking casualwear.
They still sell a very small smattering of Dolce & Gabbana, and Paul Smith although most of the "advanced sportswear" were on sale. Interestingly enough, they also have a small selection of numerous vintage trifles--like rather overpriced gold cufflinks, and rings.
post #32 of 38
The photo of W.B. is an obvious reference to Dashiell Hammett,viz.,Bashford is as quintessential to San Francisco as D.H. If this is the point I would certainly agree.

Wilkes Bashford, the man, is what so many on these style forums aspire or claim to be.Somehow,W.B. has managed to fall short of the rigorous standards demanded by some of the forum members.

Whenever I happened to see Bashford on the street in S.F. he always looked fabulously dapper! I can't find any reason to slight him or the store.

I have to say, I love the cattiness of this thread.....meow!
So quintessential San Francisco!
I feel like like I'm eavesdropping on high tea with the Junior League.
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
I'd have to say that Wilkes has to take a seat to both Louis and Bergdorfs for conservative, tailored clothing. Still, it is very good in its class. Until a few years ago, Wilkes had an interesting selection of avant garde designers on the top floor that is now, unfortunately, gone, replaced by rather bland looking casualwear.
Interesting. Every sales agent I have spoken to has said that Wilkes does the best buy from them every year.

I think that Louis has started worshipping false idols recently, and Bergdorf, no matter how good it is, is still a department store and the fabrics show it.
post #34 of 38
I have to say that iammatt and A Harris have it exactly right. Wilkes is a great store, and I think their buying is second to none. Yes, it is somewhat conservative, but it is certainly less so than any number of department stores that carry high-end brands. At this echelon of clothing, most (even those on this forum) espouse such a way of dressing. That said, the Wilkes color palette coupled with the staff's eye for mixing patterns can take separately conservative pieces to make an ensemble with great style and panache.

Comparing apples to apples (here private, non-department store clothiers), I think Wilkes is as good as it gets. Compare it to any of the other stores of its ilk in the country--such as Louis, Korshak, Mario's, Scott Hill, Boyd's, Wayne Edwards, and others--and I think Wilkes still comes out on top. That may not have been true a few years ago when Louis probably reigned supreme, but I've seen almost all of the stores (Korshak excepted) that I listed above in the last couple of years and came away unimpressed compared to Wilkes. Comparing Wilkes to department stores--yes even Bergdorf Goodman--is even less fair to the department store. I love BG, but I agree with iammatt that its purchasing does not match Wilkes (or Louis for that matter). Where Wilkes and Louis purchase with their point of view, the department store must purchase based more on bottom line than its conception of stylish dressing.

But I won't be completely ra ra about Wilkes. As iammatt has pointed out, Wilkes has its drawbacks. Yes, made to measure at except at trunk show times is not a great idea. And their tailors in the past have not always been perfect. And, it's also true that they have fewer avant-garde designers. That said, they still carry some, and have branched out into high quality denim and sportswear.

But from a purely merchandising, quality, and styling point of view, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better store.

And as for the statement that the coats fit like tents, I think this is not true at all. In fact, many of their coats are quite trim. And I know that at times they purchase slimmer shirt models. I'm just not sure where this criticism is coming from. It all seems so inaccurate. Wilkes is hardly perfect, and I certainly think it can be justly criticized. But the criticisms lobbed thus far are off base, I think.

Finally, addressing the photo itself. I would not be surprised if the suit is not Wilkes's own and was used just for the photo shoot. So the critique of its fit may not be completely fair. I say this because, for example, I was talking to Randy (one of the salesmen at Wilkes) a few weeks ago about his picture in Esquire for the best dressed regular guy. Randy told me that just about all the others in that photo shoot (maybe not the guy in the custom blue Hickey suit) were given the clothes that they were wearing. As some may recall, much of the fit of those clothes, too, could have been better. Randy was also supposed to get some clothes to wear, but either because he refused or because his clothes fit so well and reflected his style so perfectly (I cannot recall which) that he wore his own clothes for the shoot. Ultimately I don't know whether this is Wilkes's own suit or not, but I can tell you that when I see Wilkes around town he's impeccably dressed.
post #35 of 38
I still dream about a cashmere blend micro-cord Brioni sportcoat Wilkes carried a couple years back, in THE perfect shade of chartruese. I was never so tempted to pay full retail for clothing in my life. That thing was awesome.
post #36 of 38
A Harris, I agree. More than any other store I've been in, Wilkes tempts me to pay full retail.
post #37 of 38
I have found Wilkes Bashford, Louis Boston and Bergdorf Goodman to be the best stores to visit and to have top notch service. I just wish I could visit them more often. I've not see Mr. Bashford in person, but I do hope his got his sleeve done if I ever do.
post #38 of 38
Maybe it was his first attempt Jantzen suit. The sleeves never come out right the first time.
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