I am sad to say that overall, I was very disappointed with the shopping aspect of my trip (the rest was great). I only had 3/4 of 1 day to devote to shopping so thusly did not get to visit many places on my list (most notably the Union Square Filene's Basement, Barney's, Paul Stuart, flagship Zegna and Prada stores). A brief summary of the places I did visit: 1) Polo Mansion on Madison- certainly the best/most I've seen of RL all in one space. Very good, varied selection of Blue Label items- decent selection of Purple Label, which surprised me. They did have several suits that I checked out- all superb. The Blue Label Corneliani suits are also very well done, BL has gotten better in quality to go along with the price increases IMO. Sale was blah at best- 30/40% off retail for mostly BL. I did not expect much more than that before Thanksgiving though. Picked up a bottle of PL cologne, that's it. 2) Bergdorf Goodman- a complete waste of time. Some of the most 'out of touch with reality' salespeople and clientele I've ever seen in a store. Women's building across the street was even worse. No sales that I saw. 3) Prada on Madison- have to believe this is nothing like their flagship. Pretty small selection for men/women. Some very nice looking suits, all $2500+, yipes. No sales. 4) Ferragamo flagship- probably the best of the dept. stores I went in in terms of staff/product/sales. Very nice guy in upstairs shoe dept. helped me find several pairs I'd never seen before- and they had probably every model Ferragamo makes. Sale was 20-40% off retail, which still brought nothing down into my range. 5) Century 21- went twice, 1st time it was shoulder to shoulder scary amount of people. Prices were standard discount store prices- which means some pretty good items at decent, not purchase-worthy, prices. Good overcoat selection and suit selection- plenty of Brioni for $1500ish. 6) Filene's Basement- 6th and 18th location I think- again some pretty good deals but few were great. Some WOULD have been great had the item not been badly damaged- many a shirt/sportcoat had what looked to be red dye on it, some with rips. Definitely look over anything from stores like this thoroughly before buying. Terrible shoe selection at ALL the discount stores, nothing but low end. Purchases: only 1 purchase- a grey Prada sportcoat, 2 button double vent; retail $1450, bought for $170 Hoping for better luck on the next trip and better sales.
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11/25/04 at 12:47pm