Originally Posted by max2013
Is there anything besides the AE shoes that is particularly worth looking at during the Nordstrom sale this July? I was thinking shirts, sports jackets, trousers, ties, but I'm not sure if any quality brands go on sale.
I'm not sure how much the product mix varies at each location, but the local stores here stock Canali, Thomas Pink, Eton, Hickey Freeman, Zanella, Santoni, Ferragamo, 7 for all Mankind, Diesel, Hudson, J Brand and so on. There's sale items from all those brands. If you're using AE to define your level of quality, IMO, the offerings from these brands will either match or exceed that level. If your local store doesn't carry all of these brands, they're available on-line. Nordstrom has a very liberal return policy and they refund your money promptly on returns.
Also, I agree with the previous poster in that (some of) the Nordstrom brand of products can be very good. I purchased their non-iron trim fit dress shirts a year ago when I went back into the corporate world and I am extremely pleased with their fit, performance and overall value. IME, those shirts are pretty bulletproof (wash in cold, tumble dry low and a touch up with a warm iron). So far, no fraying, little--if any perceivable shrinkage and color loss, no puckering (of the collar and cuffs) and they still retain their overall "hand". Suffice to say, it's an "idiot-proof", low maintenance shirt that's sub $50. In my book, that's a terrific value.
With this new sale, I ended up with a suit, sport coat, some slacks (all by Canali), some dress shirts (Canali and Thomas Pink) and shoes (Santoni). If you use a Nordstrom credit card or Nordstrom ATM card, you got access to the sale back on July 10th. If not, you have to wait for the general sale that starts on July 19th. Based on what I saw today, I don't know how much product--size wise, is going to be available come the 19th. The store I was in was a mad-house.
FWIW, the suits and sport coats from Canali are the 13XXXX models. So, they are a drop 7. The suits are all wool and the SCs are silk and wool. The patterns tend to be on the conservative side--typical "safe" choices by department store buyers, but the fabrics are beautiful. Also, the Canali dress shirts have been tweaked. The collar and cuffs aren't as rigid as the prior season's and the shoulders and body are slightly narrower. For me, the overall fit is cleaner.
I don't buy Hickey Freeman (suits) because I've always felt the shoulder/chest treatment is too "boxy". I liked the rest of the suit, but the shoulder/chest treatment seemed incongruent with the rest of the suit. So, I've always stayed away from them. While that model is still available, Nordstrom brought in Hickey's "B Series" suits/SCs--included in the sale, which have a softer shoulder and a more fitted chest area. IMO, this silhouette is much more balanced and appealing.
Lastly, I signed up for the Nordstrom ATM card because it gave me early access to the sale and they gave me $100 to apply towards alterations. Because my coats had unfinished cuffs, I opted for functioning buttonholes. The fee is $64 cost per coat. So, with the credit, my net cost was only $28 to have this done.