Well, I didn't do TOO much spending damage in NYC, altho it wasn't easy. This trip, I was much more impressed with Barneys, nice presentation and I found some great t-shirts (diesel and a brand I've never heard of, very cool chocolate brown with a pocketwatch print on front) Saks-- much less impressed with this time (merchandise seemed cramped, no more Oxxford clothes-- now it's domenico spano custom section. Â good deals on overcoats and cashmere scarfs under the saks brand) John Lobb-- pretty neat, but I don't care for the kind of stunted shape of the "veddy british shoes." I did pick up a jar of black polish, and three pairs of really nice flat shoelaces (two pair black, one pair light brown-- all woven waxed cotton). total cost-- $28 with tax Turnbull and Asser-- probably the highlight of the trip, lots of fun to shop. Â I actually kinda liked the suits, lots of hacking pockets and double vents, and the buttonholes were nicely done-- clearly handstitched, and nicely done. gloves, pocketsquares, and ties were of most interest to me for browsing. Bergdorf Goodman-- great as always, but I find there is simply less and less I actually need or want to buy these days (closet is about complete, I guess.). Â nothing really stood out in particular, altho I kinda liked the Etro suits with brightly colored linings and flat front trousers, I think they were about $1795 Didn't make it to two of the locations I'd planned-- Flusser (really out of the way, not on Madison or 5th Ave) and Art of Shaving (where in the hell is this place? Â I walked forever down Madison, but didn't get CLOSE to 373 Madison Avenue. Â Not worth the miles of walking, I guess.) Had a great time meeting Dorian (styled in classic British attire) from the forum; enjoyed great conversation and excellent cigars, and views of the pretty girls of the city (our waitress at the restaurant wasn't bad at all, and the flirting was a-flowin) Here's what I ended up getting; had to buy gifts for my wife for xmas and birthday, so no big purchases for me this trip: Turnbull and Asser pocket silk in french blue: Purple and navy tie from Turnbull, and a lightweight silk Charvet tie in silver with shimmering french blue woven circles from Bergdorf: Liked this burberry tie from Saks, for a brown cashmere sportcoat of mine: Also wanted to try an inexpensive shirt of reasonable quality with purple in it. Â Found this Burberry shirt, with thick MOP buttons, two button cuffs at Saks for $160. Â Liked the collar, nice inverted V shape (shirt is cut slender, with clearly high armholes).
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