Today I went to my favorite store for menswear in this metropolitan area, where I've frequently gone many years. I love the ambiance and experiencing the wonderful designers - including in the Hermes collection - and they even have elegant furnishings, accessories, art, etc. A lot of French influence but much to appeal to the "horsey set" and other "Old Money" types - very classic, in general. A few times I've purchased but usually I'm there just to look. I've considered their items other times, but once there I find they're simply not worth the high price. Today I made a remark about our Saks now carrying Charvet ties again, and noted they're at a higher price than those sold in this store. He made what seemed a "borderline off" remark - something to the effect that I've been coming for years and "enjoy the garden" but don't tend to buy, adding something like "You're welcome to buy something, too." I didn't appreciate the remark , but sort of made little of it verbally. I did respond something like I have purchased items there. Otherwise the guy, the owner or owner partner, was his usual cordial, if dignified self.
I went away and walked around other parts of the village shopping area, as I do, and decided this was kind of annoying but actually, this time, there was a gorgeous Ralph Lauren Polo shirt on sale I might consider. I went back and tried it on - letting the owner judge its fit for me, when we got into a decent conversation about last evening's "Downton Abbey" - of which we are both fans. I purchased this wonderful shirt.... I showed him!
Edited by Lafont - 1/29/13 at 4:30pm