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Went to the new Filene's in Union Square. I thought it was far nicer than the other two stores in the city. Nice selection of Oxxford suits ($800) and a number of Corelioni (sp?) suits at about $500. Also saw a number of nice Oxxford ties for $50. Good selection of Hickey Freeman shirts, as well as Basile. I also saw a few impressive Ralph Lauren shirts with a "Made in Italy" tag. Not Purple Label, of course, but nice thick buttons and they listed for $165 (being sold for 80 or so).
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Went to the new Filene's in Union Square. I thought it was far nicer than the other two stores in the city. Nice selection of Oxxford suits ($800) and a number of Corelioni (sp?) suits at about $500. Also saw a number of nice Oxxford ties for $50. Good selection of Hickey Freeman shirts, as well as Basile. I also saw a few impressive Ralph Lauren shirts with a "Made in Italy" tag. Not Purple Label, of course, but nice thick buttons and they listed for $165 (being sold for 80 or so).
RL Polo shirts for $165? Since when? I have never seen this in my life. Jon.
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My assessment of the place is that the prices are still high... I was at the pre-opening preview last Sunday.
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RL Polo shirts for $165? Since when? I have never seen this in my life.
RL has been making high end non Purple Label shirts for a couple years now. I purchased one at the Madison Ave. store last year. Very nice quality with 140's cloth, thick mother of pearl buttons and side gussets. Retail on these are $145 - $195.
post #5 of 12
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These were Ralph Lauren dress shirts (e.g. Andrew, Philips, insert anglophile name), not polo-style shirts. The normal "nice" dress shirts list I think for $97.50--I hadn't seen these "made in Italy" ones before, though. I'd say the prices in the store were fair.
post #6 of 12
last week at the White Plains store, I saw several Oxxford jackets for $500, THEN take an additional 60% off. If the Union Sq store is anything like WP (much better than the others in NYC), it may be worth a trip. NOthing beats the Boston store's discount scheme, tho.
post #7 of 12
how does it compare to the other Manhattan location? I will have time to go to 1 but probably not both. Those are definitely 'grand opening' prices IMO, not terrific but certainly not bad. Did you see any Canali?
post #8 of 12
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There are actually two locations in NY--Chelsea and the Upper West Side (now three, of course). I think the Union Square locale is the best of the lot by far . . more selection, physically larger. I seem to recall that Century 21 prices their Hickey Freeman shirts at $50, but I could be wrong. Of course, they also have Zegna shirts for $90. Century is the better deal, but the Union Square Filenes had better selection, in my view. I think $800 for an Oxxford suit is a good (not great) price.
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Originally Posted by Lint Brush,28 Oct. 2004, 2:52
Went to the new Filene's in Union Square.  I thought it was far nicer than the other two stores in the city.  Nice selection of Oxxford suits ($800) and a number of Corelioni (sp?) suits at about $500.  Also saw a number of nice Oxxford ties for $50.  Good selection of Hickey Freeman shirts, as well as Basile.  I also saw a few impressive Ralph Lauren shirts with a "Made in Italy" tag.  Not Purple Label, of course, but nice thick buttons and they listed for $165 (being sold for 80 or so).
RL Polo shirts for $165? Since when? I have never seen this in my life. Jon.
Ralph Lauren DO make some high-end shirts under the Blue Label (aka Polo by Ralph Lauren). The latest Alpine group contains a lot of shirts that are Made In Italy. One of the shirt from that group, a dark green one, has the MSRP of $295. As recent as two years ago, I saw a cashmere blue label shirt with a MSRP of $895 at the Rodeo Polo store. However,  you will only find these higher priced Polo at the full-priced Polo stores and high-end department stores. In fact, this Fall, Polo is launching a group of clothing under the heading "Collection", most of these pieces do not have any logos on them.
post #10 of 12
I'm heading to boston on monday, so does anyone know what the current stock is like up there? Also anyone ever compared the boston store to the maza gallery one? I might head up there this weekend to see what they have, then check out the boston one. Thanks, Scot
post #11 of 12
I checked out the store and found the mens section to be pretty average. Lots of Kenneth Cole, NY Based and other junk. The Vault (Filene's designer section) had about 5 racks of Prada, Miu Miu and Dolce and Gabbana....none of which was appealing. They did have some Dolce and Gabbana topcoats/overcoats for about $500. I also spotted some Missoni scarves for $59. They do have an extensive selection of mens designer underwear. I'd give it a C so far. The Boston store is the only Filenes that uses the automatic markdown system. I believe they recently extended the days between automatic markdowns, much to the chagrin of many shoppers. You can defintely find some great buys there but you reallly have to search every single rack (or bin) at the Boston store. Be prepared to spend some time there. Last time I was there I scored a John Varvatos sweater for $49. I'd say it was better than the Filenes at Mazza, but the stock changes so much at all the stores that is is all a matter of timing.
post #12 of 12
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how does it compare to the other Manhattan location? I will have time to go to 1 but probably not both. Those are definitely 'grand opening' prices IMO, not terrific but certainly not bad. Did you see any Canali?
I'd say it is just about the same as the 6th avenue location, although it is brighter and seems to have a larger mens section (more junk than anything else). Even if you don't have a lot of time, it is a very easy walk between the 6th avenue store (at 18th street) and the new Union Square store (14th st). I'd say it is about a 10 minute walk between the two. It's defintely better than the Upper West Side location, but that store gets the least amount of traffic and sometimes has the best hidden bargains.
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