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How many stores do you go to at 9 am on Sunday?
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They are very friendly people and there is no need to feel intimidated. You just need to work with the reality that it isn't the Gap--meaning, the stores are not intended to take in tons of traffic and they cannot survive by lavishly catering to every single person who comes by to browse around. They just don't have the resources for that.
So, if it were me, I would not make an appointment with Mariano or Luca just to shoot the breeze, without any intention of ordering anything. However, I would feel free to peruse the shop and chat with them if they happen to be around. Just don't be surprised if you aren't carefully attended to. It won't be because of the way you're dressed or how you look, but because they are a client-oriented business and they are very leanly staffed.
That said, both Mariano and Luca are very talkative and friendly. If they aren't too busy, you may not be able to end the conversation.

italians have told me that (at least in smaller cities) people don't really browse around in clothing shops. they may 'window shop', but generally only go into a store to buy. this may be a vaiant of what foo.gif is describing...
post #3948 of 4250
Given the fact that I am in a foreign city, it's the last day of my stay and I am going to work for the next ~14h, very little.
If you let me think of it, only Rubinacci so far.
Also VMN was rather crowded for what the rest of Milano looks like at a weekend at 9 in the morning.
I don't know if this is true for the rest of the year but during the F1 weekend the shops seem to have opened on sunday.
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italians have told me that (at least in smaller cities) people don't really browse around in clothing shops. they may 'window shop', but generally only go into a store to buy. this may be a vaiant of what foo.gif is describing...

My sister lived in Spain and she said in some stores you couldn't touch the clothes.
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italians have told me that (at least in smaller cities) people don't really browse around in clothing shops. they may 'window shop', but generally only go into a store to buy. this may be a vaiant of what foo.gif is describing...

I don't know--but my point is that Rubinacci is not a normal retail shop. It's a shop built around a bespoke operation. So, whether you're talking about Italian shopping customs or not, it's a different story.
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FWIW, my experience in the Naples shop was very positive. Neither Rubinacci was there, but the salespeople were very nice and helpful. They were friendly but not pushy. They let me look over the ties and pocket squares for as long as I wanted, and gave me a little tour of the workshop upstairs even though it was pretty clear I wasn't going to commission anything.
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I don't know--but my point is that Rubinacci is not a normal retail shop. It's a shop built around a bespoke operation. So, whether you're talking about Italian shopping customs or not, it's a different story.

but they have things available for retail purchase, right? a person could walk in off the street and buy a tie or scarf? in that way is it's not so different from smaller specialized shops that are not staffed w/ a multitude of salespeople to attend to every person who wanders in to take a look around
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but they have things available for retail purchase, right? a person could walk in off the street and buy a tie or scarf? in that way is it's not so different from smaller specialized shops that are not staffed w/ a multitude of salespeople to attend to every person who wanders in to take a look around

But those other shops don't have a bespoke product to support. An existing or potential client is worth exponentially more than someone dropping in for a pocket square.
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But those other shops don't have a bespoke product to support. An existing or potential client is worth exponentially more than someone dropping in for a pocket square.

But isn't everyone a potential client? confused.gif
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Thread Starter 
Louis - you didn't miss anything, the store was closed for renovations and nothing was on display as of Monday. You might want to check back in a few weeks.
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Thanks for the info whnay, unluckily I come to Milano only once a year to work there at the F1 event, so maybe next year or if I make it to London or Neaples any time sooner.
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But isn't everyone a potential client? confused.gif

Are they? confused.gif
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At their price-point, I doubt it, some people just won't ever spend that much on bespoke let alone a garment
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You guys can start a seperate Roxy Music thread if you want to.

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Thread Starter 
Just back from Naples - ordered the solaro and a navy / ecru houndstooth flannel - both SB with 3/2, went with flat front pants.
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