Newish member on sf, wanted to give an update on Bicester (in the context of a 20ish grad student with a reasonable budget)...
Doing my homework on the previous threads for recommended stores to visit and they definitely yielded great results.
Since our bus got there really early 9 am, I went straight to Ralph Lauren since I knew it was gonna be busy, nothing my size unfortunately most of the Purple Label stuff was XL or 2XL (a few ties as well). 32 Light Pink RL Shorts with placket button was the closest thing to a find (30 GBP) but too big for me.
Next went to Dunhill, which was surprisingly empty and here I got my best find. In the clearance rack was an Engineered Fit white broadcloth pinpoint dress shirt for 30 down from 135 RRP. Rest of the clearance rack ran large, although nice basic colors (sky blue, pink) but some ran a bit cheaper. Ties were nice but stock shifts quickly, and current ones were all around 50. Spring Summer stuff if you had the money was great! I loved the waxed cotton windbreaker (around 300 i think).
After further browsing I ended up on a pair of dark raw Gansevoort selvedge denim at 75 down from 150. as not expecting raw denim from Dunhill, so it was a great surprise! Japanese denim, fit was slim straight with great details including two stich contrast, black buttons, a selvedge coin pocket and a map of london on the pocketbag linings. WI actually still don't have a lot of info on it even after searching online. Still 6-7 pairs in the store when I left.
Hackett was very good for shirts. Currently they had a 75 for 3 deal for ALL shirts in the store regardless of original price! Even their small was too big for me but I easily got 3 shirts for my brothers and dad in two-ply 100s woven in Italy (put together probably retailed around 220-250). A wide selection to choose from and a much better value than CT. Ties had a big selection but too wide for my frame (all 8 cm).
a pair of Sand Clarks Original Desert Boots for 45 (this was definitely in the agenda). Clarks was also really busy, but I was surprised no one was going for DBs! It turns out they're Pretty Green (Liam Gallagher) x Clarks.. the toe is a bit rounder but it doesn't really affect the purchase for me. Boat shoes were cheap too (35).
a Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Champagne Button Down with extra buttons in the back collar for 30 down from 100.
a woven in Italy grey silk linen tie from Charles Thyrwhitt (17.5, going for 30 for 2). and cuff knots at 3 a piece.
and what now I'm thinking is my only misstep: a made by Loake CT Black Straddle Loafer I got for 78...See it in retail now for 100...In retrospect I should have
1. not gone for black
2. bit the bullet and gone for a much better loafer at Tod's at around 160 (only around 30-40% off). Ferragamo and Gucci had a nice selection of loafers that run in the 180-250 categories.
Will be checking if I can get these refunded, or if anyone is interested in a size 8, PM me!
In general, it's definitely one of the best outlets to go, and as long as you go early and do your homework, there are deals to be had even on a crowded weekend! Will definitely visit again. :)