I've been to Wilkes a few times. The first time I got about 3 feet into the shop when a voice boomed out, "Welcome to the best clothing store in the US!" I lasted about five minutes. The last time was a few weeks ago. I was looking at some suede driving shoes with my wife when a SA approached.
SA: These are on sale. We tried to introduce concept to the US but the country wasn't ready.
Leftette: Driving shoes?
SA: Driving shoes without socks - all the rage in Europe right now. We were ahead of the curve on this one.
I lasted about 7 minutes. The place makes me nostalgic for the sedate SA's of Paul Stuart.
Was at NM yesterday. I walk in and a SA stops what he was doing and looks at my face, my crotch, my shoes, back to my crotch, my shoes again, then up my face. That makes me miss the SA at NM in SH who used to ask to touch my shoes. Far less creepy.