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post #2881 of 4449

You could wear something like a #8 Alden shell tassel and no one would even blink...   But tassels and loafers that interest me are usually lighter or coloured suede.  

 

 

So for the most part not wearing them with a suit in the financial district is correct.   Shorts and chinos absolutely.  

post #2882 of 4449
I feel like if you've got a boot under a suit it may get noticed but more like a huh, cool/interesting and take you more seriously, whereas someone's going to see a tassle and think this is a 'fun' joker kind of guy or they'll make a comment etc. Maybe a simple pennyloafer might work but IMO the tassles push it over the line. Just my 2 cents.
post #2883 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

I feel like if you've got a boot under a suit it may get noticed but more like a huh, cool/interesting and take you more seriously, whereas someone's going to see a tassle and think this is a 'fun' joker kind of guy or they'll make a comment etc. Maybe a simple pennyloafer might work but IMO the tassles push it over the line. Just my 2 cents.

 

I will secretly judge you less for wearing tassel loafers than wearing the goddamn awful shoes that everyone wears. 

post #2884 of 4449
Exactly, it's like the distinction of shoe style formality is pointless given the sometimes monstrosities that get paired with 'CBD'

Maybe not on Bay Street, but elsewhere fo sho
post #2885 of 4449

There are two people in my office that wear them.

post #2886 of 4449
Would anyone know where to find Canadian prices for Brooks Brothers items? I ordered some of the recently discontinued OCBDs through my rep at the Bay store. These are showing online at $79.50, as they're being cleared out. In store I'm being told they scan at $125 CAD which seems a little high even with the exchange.
post #2887 of 4449
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Originally Posted by chiggyv View Post

Would anyone know where to find Canadian prices for Brooks Brothers items? I ordered some of the recently discontinued OCBDs through my rep at the Bay store. These are showing online at $79.50, as they're being cleared out. In store I'm being told they scan at $125 CAD which seems a little high even with the exchange.


First, just to confirm you mean at the Bay St store in the RBC tower, and not your SA at The Bay (that would make no sense, so I guess I've answered my own question)?

 

I didn't realize they had put those OCBDs on sale on the website, but I just checked and you are correct. The USD original price is showing as $95 on the site. I remember these being $99 (regular price) CAD in store when I bought them (which was over a year ago, mind you). $95 USD at this moment is about $126 CAD, so the conversion works out, but it seems like the discount is not being applied. I would go back and ask him (or her) to check the site. My BB SA does this for me all of the time (check items I've seen on the site, that is). $79.50 USD should come out to about $105 CAD.

post #2888 of 4449

Yes, I did mean the Brooks Brothers store on Bay Street. Sorry for the confusion.

 

Thanks for the suggestion, I figured the system would automatically work in the discount so I'll be sure to request that be rechecked.

 

For everyone interested it seems the discontinued shirts were pulled from stores immediately. I called 2 other stores and no one was willing to order them in even though they were available online. My SA at RBC plaza was more than willing to get multiple sizes and colors in for me, and will be my go to guy from now on.

 

If anyone needs his name feel free to PM me, I just ask that you tell him I sent you. 

post #2889 of 4449

For those interested in alteration tailors I got my stuff back from Nikos in Yorkville. The stitching is neat and the overall result is similar to Xavier Custom Tailors at just over half of what Xavier charges. He will do whatever you ask of him though he also suggests against certain things that he feels is a waste of your money (and likely his time) so I do like that about him as well. If you care about personality Nikos is very social compared to Xavier.

post #2890 of 4449

To those looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds: 

 

I was long in denial of the stupidity that is happening to our Canadian dollars until I was looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds a few days ago. My local store carries a limited variety of AE here but that includes some of the signature like Park Avenue for 475 CAD before tax. At first I thought that was an absurd markup as a new pair costs only $395 in the US. But wait, I did some maths when I got back home: 

 

A pair in Canada costing 475 with BC sales tax comes up to 532 CAD

 

395 USD is actually 525 CAD right now (I know!). Even if you can ship to some US P.O box, unless it's Oregon, you'll be hit with state tax. Don't even think about shipping it up here. 

 

How about factory second, $299 a pair and ship it up here. Shipping is $25 as quoted by AE. You'll end up paying around $324 (around 431 CAD) then pray that customs peeps remember NAFTA and only charge the package 5% federal tax. Then it's 452 CAD. So you'll end up saving around $80 or less depending on the moods of lovely customs peeps and you'll only get second quality.

 

So yes, CAD sucks but right now, if you accept that, then buying AE in Canada makes more economical sense. Just my two cents.

post #2891 of 4449
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Originally Posted by nqtri View Post
 

To those looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds: 

 

I was long in denial of the stupidity that is happening to our Canadian dollars until I was looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds a few days ago. My local store carries a limited variety of AE here but that includes some of the signature like Park Avenue for 475 CAD before tax. At first I thought that was an absurd markup as a new pair costs only $395 in the US. But wait, I did some maths when I got back home: 

 

A pair in Canada costing 475 with BC sales tax comes up to 532 CAD

 

395 USD is actually 525 CAD right now (I know!). Even if you can ship to some US P.O box, unless it's Oregon, you'll be hit with state tax. Don't even think about shipping it up here. 

 

How about factory second, $299 a pair and ship it up here. Shipping is $25 as quoted by AE. You'll end up paying around $324 (around 431 CAD) then pray that customs peeps remember NAFTA and only charge the package 5% federal tax. Then it's 452 CAD. So you'll end up saving around $80 or less depending on the moods of lovely customs peeps and you'll only get second quality.

 

So yes, CAD sucks but right now, if you accept that, then buying AE in Canada makes more economical sense. Just my two cents.

 

Just as a friendly reminder, BB has their 30% off Corporate Sale this Thursday (March 10), which would bring most AE's to $357 before tax.


Edited by burgerkong - 3/6/16 at 6:35am
post #2892 of 4449
Quote:
Originally Posted by nqtri View Post
 

To those looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds: 

 

I was long in denial of the stupidity that is happening to our Canadian dollars until I was looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds a few days ago. My local store carries a limited variety of AE here but that includes some of the signature like Park Avenue for 475 CAD before tax. At first I thought that was an absurd markup as a new pair costs only $395 in the US. But wait, I did some maths when I got back home: 

 

A pair in Canada costing 475 with BC sales tax comes up to 532 CAD

 

395 USD is actually 525 CAD right now (I know!). Even if you can ship to some US P.O box, unless it's Oregon, you'll be hit with state tax. Don't even think about shipping it up here. 

 

How about factory second, $299 a pair and ship it up here. Shipping is $25 as quoted by AE. You'll end up paying around $324 (around 431 CAD) then pray that customs peeps remember NAFTA and only charge the package 5% federal tax. Then it's 452 CAD. So you'll end up saving around $80 or less depending on the moods of lovely customs peeps and you'll only get second quality.

 

So yes, CAD sucks but right now, if you accept that, then buying AE in Canada makes more economical sense. Just my two cents.


On the bright side, the CAD has recently made up some ground, at least against the major currencies i.e. USD, EUR, GBP.

post #2893 of 4449
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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post
 

 

Just as a friendly reminder, BB has their 30% off Corporate Sale this Saturday, which would bring most AE's to $357 before tax.


Can the corporate sale discount be used on EG? Or is EG always excluded? 

post #2894 of 4449
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Originally Posted by stanchri View Post
 


Can the corporate sale discount be used on EG? Or is EG always excluded? 

 

Oh crap, just rechecked email, it's actually March 10 (Thursday).

 

Here are the TC's:

 

Quote:
 *An exclusive offer for enrolled Brooks Brothers Corporate Members. Offer is valid Thursday, March 10, 2016, until 11:59 pm, ET, online and by phone (for shipments to U.S. or Canada only) and until the close of regular business hours in all U.S. and Canadian Brooks Brothers Retail stores. Not valid in Factory stores. Visit BrooksBrothers.com/stores for store listings. Please present your non-transferable Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card, temporary shopping pass or email confirmation at the time of purchase. 30% discount cannot be combined with your standard Corporate Membership discount or other promotion or discount, and does not apply to sale merchandise. In order to receive your discount for online purchases, your billing and shipping address must match the address provided when enrolling for a Corporate Membership Card. Excludes made to measure and special order clothing purchases, and applies to select watches and select Brooks Brothers shoe styles only. Discount may not be applied toward taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming and engraving, alterations or personalization. Not valid on previous purchases or for the purchase of gift cards or charitable items. If you return some or all merchandise, the dollar value of this promotion will not be refunded or credited to your account. Void where prohibited by law. No cash value where prohibited, then the cash value is 1/100 cent.
post #2895 of 4449

I'm so glad I purchased my pairs of AEs when the dollar was at par and paid less than $300 each. 

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