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post #1 of 23
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Although their prices are not the lowest, Filene's Basement gets my vote for their excellent stock, which is constantly replenished.  I have gotten into the habit of visiting the two good FB stores in D.C. (Connecticut Avenue and Mazza Gallerie) every Saturday.  I am a sick, sick man.  
post #2 of 23
I voted for Saks Off Fifth just because I've gotten the most good deals there on high-end things, but Filene's would be a very close second due to the sheer number of high-end pieces as well. Marshalls/TJ Maxx have the lowest prices, but the clothing is never in the same tier; rarely there will be a few very surprising pieces, but it's not consistent.
post #3 of 23
Before the Schottenstein family bought Filene's Basement, their merchandise made it into their self-named small local chain here in Columbus, which sold high-end merchandise for 80-90% off retail. Now the same suits are available at Filene's but the discount isn't anywhere as deep. Still, Filene's has a range of stock that's hard to beat. (And I've gotten some great ties on closeout.)
post #4 of 23
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Daffy's in New York.  Obscure brands, but often items of good quality.  So you can think for yourself.
i agree...my taste's a little rarefied for daffys but from time to time i find some really nice,wellmade italian garments..most of their items are a little too fashion forward though well-priced..one can also find the occasional piece of kiton or isaia
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Anyone remember Dollar's Bill? Used to be at Grand Central Terminal then they moved across the street. Now they're out of business. They had the best price of Zegna during their annual sale in the Fall. At the height of their popularity, people started lining up at their door around 5am for their annual sale, late comers had to wait more than 2 hours to get in. Many out-of-towners made their annual pilgrimage to NYC just for their sale. May be it's bad feng shui at their new location, or the "causal cancer" that killed it.
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Last Call, because of the range of quality and the opportunity to get such quality products at a reasonable, even very low price. Of the other high end outlets, I have never seen an Off Fifth that offered merchandise even close to the median of Saks' selection, and the one Barney's outlet I went to (Woodbury) was less than exciting. TJ Maxx and Marshall's are fun stores, if only because they offer the occasional thrill of finding a gem in the rough for a low price. I have to ask about Filene's though. I've heard so much hype, and when I finally got to check one out (in Elizabeth, NJ), I found the selection to be total crap: it was even worse than the Marshall's in the mall there. Is all the good stuff concentrated among the big city stores or something?
post #7 of 23
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I have to ask about Filene's though. I've heard so much hype, and when I finally got to check one out (in Elizabeth, NJ), I found the selection to be total crap: it was even worse than the Marshall's in the mall there. Is all the good stuff concentrated among the big city stores or something?
Probably. Most of the suburban Filene's stores (mostly in NJ) I've visited have had pretty poor selections. The ones in Atlanta and in NYC (esp. the Union Square one) have had better goods. Surprisingly, a couple of salespeople at the Atlanta branch have said that their store sometimes got better goods and sold to more customers than the Boston flagship.
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Although their prices are not the lowest, Filene's Basement gets my vote for their excellent stock, which is constantly replenished.  I have gotten into the habit of visiting the two good FB stores in D.C. (Connecticut Avenue and Mazza Gallerie) every Saturday.  I am a sick, sick man.  
Ambulance Chaser - What's the best D.C. area Filenes? I just went to one location - the National Press Building, I think, one actually seemed to be in the basement - and was not that impressed (the stuff was ok but bland, and the prices didn't seem rock-bottom at all too me). Are the two other locations better?
post #9 of 23
I go to the basement whenever I go to Boston. Picked up a two-ply cashmere v-neck for 35 bucks. Gotta love that.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser,01 Nov. 2004, 09:51
Although their prices are not the lowest, Filene's Basement gets my vote for their excellent stock, which is constantly replenished.  I have gotten into the habit of visiting the two good FB stores in D.C. (Connecticut Avenue and Mazza Gallerie) every Saturday.  I am a sick, sick man.  
Ambulance Chaser - What's the best D.C. area Filenes?  I just went to one location - the National Press Building, I think, one actually seemed to be in the basement - and was not that impressed (the stuff was ok but bland, and the prices didn't seem rock-bottom at all too me).  Are the two other locations better?
The Filene's Basement in the National Press Building is by far the worst of the three, although I did find a Brioni formal vest and Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere sweater there.  My favorite is the Connecticut Avenue store, which is located 1/2 block north of the Farragut North metro station (L Street exit just past the Mayflower hotel).  The entire second floor is devoted to mens' clothing.  Suit selection is great -- lots of Oxxford, Corneliani, and Hickey-Freeman -- and they regularly get shipments from Barney's, Mitchell's, and other high-brow stores.  Tailored clothing I have seen there includes Kiton, Brioni, Belvest, Oxxford, and Canali; sportswear includes Armani, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana.  (They just recently got a shipment of Vivienne Westwood.)  The Mazza Gallerie store, located at the Friendship Heights metro station (Maryland exit), gets similar merchandise, but the suit selection is a lot poorer.
post #11 of 23
I personally like Nordstrom Rack alot, and have a fair amount of success with Marshall's, but much of that may be because of the area that I live in. I used to go to Filene's a fair amount when I was in Cambridge though.
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I personally like Nordstrom Rack alot
I completely forgot about Nordstrom Rack, probably because the D.C. version (located in Potomac Mills Mall, the most overrated outlet shopping center in the country) is so lousy.
post #13 of 23
The ones here are quite good, you can get Zegna suits for $450-600 and Collezioni and Gucci suits for $500-600 as well, if you are into that sort of thing. Some decent outerwear as well, but it's probably best for shoes, you can sometimes get AE shoes for $80-120 and Prada/Gucci shoes for $130-170
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NoVaguy, If I may answer the question too, the other two DC Filene's are much, much better than the Nat'l Press Club. NPC Filene's sucks, honestly speaking. Also, you need to read the A Section of the Washington Post to keep an eye out for when Filenes will be getting in the good stuff from Barney's and Bergdorf's, etc. When it's one of those two, for example, the ad in the Post will say something like "We've just received a huge shipment of men's clothes from a glamorous, high-end NYC department store. Sale to start tomorrow...." Or, you can get on the Filene's mailing list. When the store is between big shipments, sometimes the good stuff become pretty thin. There's still some good stuff at the Conn. Ave. downtown store. I was there last week and saw they still have Incotex and Oxxford slacks, for example.
post #15 of 23
What are the prices on Incotex and Oxxford slacks at FB for the most part?
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