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post #16 of 28
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Stuff that doesn't sell makes a reappearance at a later sale.
Maybe not anymore.  Last year, Barney's seemed to have sold everything to Filene's Basement.  The prices, especially on furnishings, were incredible.  Helmut Lang pants for $25.  I saw several Kiton knits for $20 a piece.  Prada ties for $6.  In my infinite lack of foresight, I bought nothing  
post #17 of 28
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Maybe not anymore.  Last year, Barney's seemed to have sold everything to Filene's Basement.  The prices, especially on furnishings, were incredible.
Agreed - I bought several cashmere sweaters at 30 dollars a pop and a Jil Sander suit for 150.
post #18 of 28
Anyone give it a shot today?
post #19 of 28
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I passed through today going uptown during lunchtime, but only had about 10 minutes to browse. Here's my preliminary impression, limited to my immediate interests and sizes: Shoes: quite a few Magli platinums for $299, most of them a kind of a weirdly shaped cap-toes in brown and black (Larkin?). One C&J regular line monk strap in dark brown suede (Compton?) for $209. Few Lidfort antiqued brown squarrish plain toe with an unusual medallion for over $300. Many house brand rubber-soled stuff. Spotted one Tod's black cap-toe for $299  - any idea who makes those? Sport shirts: many marzotto lab shirts, some looked nice for $69. Also some decent Hickey Freemans  - same price. A few beautiful battistonis for $149 and I spotted a nice midnight blue fine corduroy kiton for $144. Still thinking about it. Dress shirts: didn't look too closely, but mostly seemed house brand. Dress pants: mostly house brand stuff for $109 (based on experience, quality is so-so); otherwise some Hickeys, Armani, Boss, Zegna. Socks: got a pair of nice Richard James 100% cotton in navy blue with red and white accents for $10 (just a whim). Also a nice pair of OTC thick Italian merino wool for $15. otherwise, all house brand, which is very decent. Mufflers: didn't look too closely, but a very nice selection. Knits: again, lots of marzotto lab stuff. Patterns too "˜techy' for my taste. Some tacky/cheesy Hickey-Freemans (think tony soprano). I think I'll go back in 10 days or so, when the final reductions set in.
post #20 of 28
For all of us in the LA area, I stopped by right before closing today (my second trip this sale) -- Remember, the last day of the sale is tomorrow. As of tonight, Shoes were 40% off, Sweaters and Suits were 20%, and I think outwear (I think) are 30% off. Everything's been pretty much picked over -- I couldn't find anything I liked.
post #21 of 28
Stopped by the sale today as well--shoe selection was very much as Lomezz described, and I picked up some nice house label brown loafers for $89 (from $225). I tried on some Magli Platinum monk straps . . .but for $300 they needed to be much more comfortable. Lomezz--that nice Kiton cord shirt is still there, as I couldn't rationalize it. Not much of interest in the suits (mainly Boss and house label)--did try on on a nice Isia, marked down to under $900 from $2300, but alas it didn't fit so well. Some very nice Ruffo leather jackets, but they seem to be cut small. I found a very nice Barneys label tobacco-colored suede coat for $199 (from $650). An amusing aside--I tried it on in front of Carson of "Queer Eye" fame, who was shopping nearby. He adjusted my sleeves and thought it was a little big, but when I told him the price he said "why are we even having this conversation?" Nice guy.
post #22 of 28
Hit the penultimate day of the New York Sale.... pretty picked over selection. I found a couple of nice Kiton ties, but they were still $70. I would consider biting at $50. A fair selection of casual shirts remaining priced at around 75% off MSRP (some tasteful Zegna for $50). The shoes, if you found anything in your size, were an absolute steal...75% off as well. The aforementioned Bruno Magli Platinum monkstraps were knocked down all the way to $150 + tax. Even though I'm not Catholic, I decided to curb my spending for Lent. I settled for a pair of leather sandals in anticipation of spring... 30 bucks... cheaper than an Ambulance Chaser date (I thought lawyers were big money guys not ghetto-style grad students. Damn girl, I got you TWO hot dogs from Gray's Papaya).
post #23 of 28
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I settled for a pair of leather sandals in anticipation of spring... 30 bucks... cheaper than an Ambulance Chaser date (I thought lawyers were big money guys not ghetto-style grad students.  Damn girl, I got you TWO hot dogs from Gray's Papaya).
Just to clarify: because most first dates do not lead to second dates (if more than half of them do, you need to set your standards higher), I generally limit a first date to lunch, which at a downtown D.C. establishment usually runs between $20 and $30.  If the date is going particularly well or the woman is someone I definitely want to see again (which I can generally tell within the first 5 minutes of the date), I am not averse to spending more; my last first date was in the neighborhood of $60 to $70 (dinner + bottle of wine + movie).
post #24 of 28
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my last first date was in the neighborhood of $60 to $70 (dinner + bottle of wine + movie).
This can't be right, or you know about deals I don't. Let's say that you go to a relatively inexpensive retaurant, and don't have any appetizers, dessert or coffee. Two entrees is about $20 apiece, minimum including tip (x2=$40 total). Any given bottle of wine is going to cost at least $30, including tip. You're at $70 already. Movie tickets are at least $8 apiece (x2=$16). So that's $86, and you are still being pretty stingy. I think that a "full date" like that rounds out to at least $100 a shot. That's not including transportation, parking, and other incidentals.
post #25 of 28
Wow. Marriage is a lot cheaper...
post #26 of 28
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my last first date was in the neighborhood of $60 to $70 (dinner + bottle of wine + movie).
This can't be right, or you know about deals I don't.  Let's say that you go to a relatively inexpensive retaurant, and don't have any appetizers, dessert or coffee.  Two entrees is about $20 apiece, minimum including tip (x2=$40 total).  Any given bottle of wine is going to cost at least $30, including tip.  You're at $70 already.  Movie tickets are at least $8 apiece (x2=$16).  So that's $86, and you are still being pretty stingy.  I think that a "full date" like that rounds out to at least $100 a shot.   That's not including transportation, parking, and other incidentals.
The "deal" I know about is to date slender women who don't eat a lot.  We went to a pizzeria (a nice one with a wood-burning stove, not Pizza Hut) and split an appetizer and a small pizza.  That totalled around $20.  The bottle of wine added another $25 to $30, resulting in a a total bill of approximately $45 to $50.  Two movie tickets (she paid for drinks) added another $18.  That's how I arrived at my $60 to $70 figure.  I forgot to add cab fare, which was $10 to $15, resulting in a total of $70 to $85.
post #27 of 28
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We went to a pizzeria (a nice one with a wood-burning stove, not Pizza Hut) and split an appetizer and a small pizza.
Wow, I *am* impressed, especially by your self-control. I would be all over that small pizza like a fat kid on fresh-baked cookies. She'd be lucky to get a slice, especially since I could easily make a sandwich from two slices and doublefist a third. I call foul. What you describe as a meal I call a snack before a meal. Also, since she paid for drinks, your date was subsidized. Fair enough though - more power to you. Truthfully though, I like a girl with a healthy appetite. Maybe I'm a primitive man, but there is something nice about a girl who isn't afraid to kick back a steak with the fixin's and wash it all down with a few beers. I have to say that I prefer athletic women to really skinny ones. More to the original point, I received my boots today. Great bargain for $48.
post #28 of 28
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Truthfully though, I like a girl with a healthy appetite.  Maybe I'm a primitive man, but there is something nice about a girl who isn't afraid to kick back a steak with the fixin's and wash it all down with a few beers.  I have to say that I prefer athletic women to really skinny ones.
Ironically, the woman was from L.A. -- maybe that's why you had to move.   I too like a woman with a healthy appetite.  My dream is to find one who can finish a 72 oz. steak in one sitting (and not just because the meal would be free).  Unfortunately, I imagine such a woman would look more like Rosie O'Donnell than like Ashley Judd.
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