I just returned from a trip to NYC and based on the advice of forum members had a very enjoyable shopping experience. I was looking for EG shoes. Â Saks, RL and BG had some, but frankly not the selection I was looking for. Â Paul Stuart carries Grenson built on American lasts to their own designs. Â The Paul Stuart website shows a very limited number of what is available, and I purchased a pair of cognac oxfords with a quirky insert on the side. Â About $600 and have them shipped if you live outside NY and save the sales tax. I also decided to visit the Flusser shop which is on the fourth floor of a nondescript building in midtown. Â Very nice, but rahter small. Â Flusser has a program with EG where he designed shoes on an American last and EG makes them. Â Waiting time is about 12 weeks. Â You choose the color from a book of leather samples. Â I decided on a low vamp monk-strap. Â You try on samples to get the right fit. Â Cost is $1200 with 50% down. Very nice people there and they said Flusser himself visits the shop almost daily. Â All suits and shirts are now bespoke only. Â Suits start at $3200 and are made in the city. Â Shirts are $350 and up, with a minimum of four. Â Everybody seemed to be very happy to be out of Saks. Â The only disadvantage I saw was that they have books of fabrics for the most part, rather than bolts of cloth for both suits and shirts. Â I have a hard time figuring out what the shirt or suit will look like when the sample is so small. For the other stores, I was disappointed. Â Everybody seems to carry the same things, and I could have stayed in Houston and gone to Saks or NM. Â This was especially true of the RL flagship store. Â Same old stuff. Â Thanks to forum members for an enjoyable trip.
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11/14/03 at 11:05am