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Originally Posted by ernest,15 Dec. 2004, 09:43
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Why don't you call them, ernest? They can tell you better than we can.
Because : 1) I do not speak English enough good 2) It is expensive 3) People from London may have gone into these shops and know the answer.
1. Your English is good enough for you to post here and be understood most of the time 2. A 3-minute phone call is not that expensive, especially for someone with 25 Lanvin suits and 14 braces. 3. You are clearly pumping every person you can at the forum at every instance that Jermyn Street is mentioned for these specific details about specific makers.  This is a greater time commitment (and Internet usage commitment, and that's not cheap in France) than a phone call. Practice makes _parfait_ -- pick up the phone, my boy.
1) On the phone being undertood is not enough as it is a dialogue... 2) Who has 25 Lanvin? not me. Anyway, you want me to sell a pair of braces to phone? 3) Internet is a rent, 29 euros per months,  so time spent doesn't change anything to the bill which is fixed. I do not work so  I have time to spend here. A call from my mobile phone would cost  2 euros per minute and I can not call in Europe with it as I have not this option. Ask me a price in a place in France where I go and I will not told you to call. I do not see where is the difficulty for someone who is going to Jermyn Street to remember 2 prices.
post #47 of 81
I made a few enquiries and have ascertained the following sale information- Harvie and Hudson- 27 Dec to end Jan, all items reduced. Cordings-27 Dec to end Jan, various sale items and reductions. James Smith and Sons- a sharp "No, WE do not have sales Sir" Kilgour- 8 Jan to end Jan. Gieves and Hawkes-27 Dec to end Jan. T&A- 28 Dec to end Jan. New and Lingwood- 17 Dec to end Jan. Benson and Clegg- 2 Jan to end Jan. Ede and Ravenscroft- 27 Jan to end Jan, 20% off, including suits. Shipton and Hennage- no sales planned, although situation under review. Geo F Trumper- no sale. Taylor's of Old Bond Street- 27 Dec to end Jan. Hackett- 27 Dec to end Jan, various items, up to 50% off. I have put end Jan, as many of the staff where unsure exactly how long the sales would last, and have made, a guess based on previous years. Of course the sale stock is limited and early attendance is best. On a personal note, the range of staff friendliness was also varied, with Ede and Ravenscroft being the most friendly, helpful and polite, with honourable mentions for Cordings and Harvie and Hudson. The others were all acceptable, although many seemed to find it a chore to answer the telephone and also surprisingly seem to employ foreigners only.
post #48 of 81
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I made a few enquiries and have ascertained the following sale information- Harvie and Hudson- 27 Dec to end Jan, all items reduced. Cordings-27 Dec to end Jan, various sale items and reductions. James Smith and Sons- a sharp "No, WE do not have sales Sir" Kilgour- 8 Jan to end Jan. Gieves and Hawkes-27 Dec to end Jan. T&A- 28 Dec to end Jan. New and Lingwood- 17 Dec to end Jan. Benson and Clegg- 2 Jan to end Jan. Ede and Ravenscroft- 27 Jan to end Jan, 20% off, including suits. Shipton and Hennage- no sales planned, although situation under review. Geo F Trumper- no sale. Taylor's of Old Bond Street- 27 Dec to end Jan. Hackett- 27 Dec to end Jan, various items, up to 50% off. I have put end Jan, as many of the staff where unsure exactly how long the sales would last, and have made, a guess based on previous years. Of course the sale stock is limited and early attendance is best. On a personal note, the range of staff friendliness was also varied, with Ede and Ravenscroft being the most friendly, helpful and polite, with honourable mentions for Cordings and Harvie and Hudson. The others were all acceptable, although many seemed to find it a chore to answer the telephone and also surprisingly seem to employ foreigners only.
And what about H&K? H&H = do you know it is already reduced on their website? Is it the sales price? So it doesn't seem to be? It confirms me that calling them during this period of stress for them is not a good way to have accurate informations.
post #49 of 81
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On a personal note, the range of staff friendliness was also varied, with Ede and Ravenscroft being the most friendly, helpful and polite, with honourable mentions for Cordings and Harvie and Hudson. The others were all acceptable, although many seemed to find it a chore to answer the telephone and also surprisingly seem to employ foreigners only.
Strange that English (or their foreigners) aren't still use to use the phone.
post #50 of 81
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I think I have already read somewhere here, or in the other place that they are £39.95 each for 3 at present in Harvie and Hudson. Check out their website, it has been recently overhauled.
Laste year; shirts were at £60 and sales price was £100 for 3 shirts. Now regular price is at £50. They just give a discount if you buy 3 shirts in a row. But this is not the sales price I guess. Falling from £50 to £39 is not a sale price. Juts a new price. Probably because the original price of £60 was too hight comparing to H&K price. Sales price should be no higher than £30 logically.
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Hilditch and Key sale info has, I think, already been posted somewhere here, or Ask Andy's. It will I think be 10/11 Jan, with an extra 10% off if you arrive before 1400hrs.
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Hilditch and Key sale info has, I think, already been posted somewhere here, or Ask Andy's. It will I think be 10/11 Jan, with an extra 10% off if you arrive before 1400hrs.
It seems they have already started. I do not understand the issue of the 10% off. Is it only ONE day or from a day?
post #53 of 81
ernest-- Maybe London is the place to go for bargins. From this week London Times: "Perfect Weekend New York by JOANNA HUNTER Big bargains in the Big Apple SOME go for the shows, some for the galleries "” but fuhgeddaboudit: the real reason to go to New York at the moment is something far less cerebral . . . yup, shopping. With so many great weekend break offers about and the exchange rate at an incredible $1.93 to the pound, and, as a general rule "” for American brands at least "” goods priced at approximately the same number of dollars as they are in pounds, you're looking at saving almost 50 per cent. * Click here to find out more. Nowhere do you get more choice for your dollar than Manhattan. You might be tempted by the boutiques of SoHo or Madison Avenue, but at this time of year, when New York gets seriously cold, the department store comes into its own. In January this year, I visited Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue) for old school opulence; Barneys New York (660 Madison Avenue) if you consider Prada undies are a reasonable investment and Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave), for the New York equivalent of Harvey Nichols. For less OTT prices, try Bloomingdale's (1000, Third Avenue) and Macy's (151 W. 34th St) "” although be warned: Macy's claims to be the largest department store in the world, and it requires the kind of stamina that eludes jet-lagged weekend visitors. And it's at the department stores that you will find the best sales bargains. Offers of 75 per cent off at Barneys will still put many of its clothes beyond many budgets, but try Macy's for a great range in jeans (DKNY £26, Polo Ralph Lauren £38, Calvin Klein £27, Tommy Hilfiger £27) and Bloomingdale's for a fantastic sale on winter coats (one Guess sheepskin jacket, for example, was reduced by 40 per cent last January to £60). For year-round clothing bargains try Century 21 (22 Cortlandt St), but be prepared to rummage. It's worth looking for technical bargains, too. Try Circuit City (52-64 East 14th Street) for deals on computers and audio goods, and for photo and video goods, B&H Photo (420 Ninth Avenue) is the biggest and possibly the best."
post #54 of 81
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(Nonk @ 16 Dec. 2004, 3:21) Hilditch and Key sale info has, I think, already been posted somewhere here, or Ask Andy's. It will I think be 10/11 Jan, with an extra 10% off if you arrive before 1400hrs.
It seems they have already started. I do not understand the issue of the 10% off. Is it only ONE day or from a day?
hey ernest. We got your scarf right here. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW
post #55 of 81
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(ernest @ 16 Dec. 2004, 06:37)
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Originally Posted by Nonk,16 Dec. 2004, 3:21
Hilditch and Key sale info has, I think, already been posted somewhere here, or Ask Andy's. It will I think be 10/11 Jan, with an extra 10% off if you arrive before 1400hrs.
It seems they have already started. I do not understand the issue of the 10% off. Is it only ONE day or from a day?
hey ernest. We got your scarf right here. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW
It is not an HILDITCH. So I am not interested in.
post #56 of 81
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I do not understand the issue of the 10% off. Is it only ONE day or from a day?
Just to be clear, the flyer said: "WINTER SALE Commences Saturday 11th December 2004 9:00am to 6.00pm 37 Jermyn Street etc. 73 Jermyn Street etc. 131 Sloane Street etc. An extra 10% DISCOUNT will be given to customers arriving on Wednesday 29th December before 10.00 am CITY SALE MONDAY 10TH JANUARY 2005 8.30AM TO 5.30PM & TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY 2005 8.30AM TO 2.30PM St Botolph Church Hall, St Botolph Without Bishopsgate, London EC2 An extra 10% discount will be given to customers arriving before 2.00pm on the first day of the CITY SALE." So the extra 10% only applies on the one day of each sale.
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Originally Posted by ernest,16 Dec. 2004, 06:37
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Originally Posted by Nonk,16 Dec. 2004, 3:21
Hilditch and Key sale info has, I think, already been posted somewhere here, or Ask Andy's. It will I think be 10/11 Jan, with an extra 10% off if you arrive before 1400hrs.
It seems they have already started. I do not understand the issue of the 10% off. Is it only ONE day or from a day?
hey ernest. We got your scarf right here. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW
It is not an HILDITCH. So I am not interested in.
Ernest: Would you still be interested in a Hilditch shirt if you knew it had been worn like this?
post #58 of 81
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Originally Posted by Kaga,17 Dec. 2004, 04:54
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Originally Posted by ernest,16 Dec. 2004, 06:37
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Originally Posted by Nonk,16 Dec. 2004, 3:21
Hilditch and Key sale info has, I think, already been posted somewhere here, or Ask Andy's. It will I think be 10/11 Jan, with an extra 10% off if you arrive before 1400hrs.
It seems they have already started. I do not understand the issue of the 10% off. Is it only ONE day or from a day?
hey ernest. We got your scarf right here. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....me=WDVW
It is not an HILDITCH. So I am not interested in.
Ernest: Would you still be interested in a Hilditch shirt if you knew it had been worn like this?
This guy seems to inspire the forum very much. This is not an H&K.......
post #59 of 81
ernest--Here's another article from your own local newspaper International Herald Tribune on why you should go to New York City to shop next month. "Crossing the ocean for bargains \t By Thomas Crampton International Herald Tribune \t Saturday, December 18, 2004 NEW YORK For his first trip to New York, Michael Upton, 42, an electrician's assistant from Birmingham, England, wanted to make the most of his four-day pre-Christmas visit. . Like others on his flight, Upton and his girlfriend scheduled time for an activity that is proving increasingly popular this season among Europeans: crossing the Atlantic to shop in America for European luxury goods. . "I can't say we would buy these things back home too often," Upton said, appearing mildly uncomfortable as he looked around the Lacoste boutique on Fifth Avenue. "But with these prices it would seem mad not to look." . His girlfriend paid $179 for a zippered cardigan - by comparison, a similar Lacoste cardigan in London retails for £130, or about $250. . The fall of the dollar against euro - more than 50 percent since February 2002 - has turned the United States into a euro-shopper's paradise. As of September, inbound tourism from Western Europe was outpacing the previous year by more than 15 percent, with 6.9 million visitors, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. . With the approach of the holiday season, European visitors have been drawn to America by the prospect of buying homegrown items far more cheaply than they could at home. . "In London, I'd never buy British luxury goods," said Claerwin James, 34, a painter visiting for a few days. "But this morning when I saw that Paul Smith handbag I've been eyeing for the last nine months, I really felt tempted." . A London resident flying to New York will pay $1,395 for a lined Burberry trench coat, compared with a London price of £855, or $1,650. . At the Colette Boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, a shopper will pay about €1,000, or about $1,325, for a Prada leather handbag, while a shopper in New York will pay about $1,000 at Saks Fifth Avenue. . Sales clerks at the Burberry, Prada, and Gucci boutiques on Fifth Avenue said they had been serving more Europeans this year than in any year in recent memory. The Europeans are also helping other New York businesses. Upscale French restaurants are reporting an influx of European clients. . "A few years ago we would have 2 European clients per night at most," said Ronan Henaff, general manager of Atelier, the modern Provençal-style restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. "Now we have 10 or more." . Dining in New York has always been relatively inexpensive compared with Paris, Henaff said, but now diners from Europe get an additional discount. . Alain Ducasse, the multi-Michelin-starred French chef, operates luxury restaurants in top-scale hotels on both sides of the Atlantic. The three-course set menu at Ducasse's Essex House in New York costs $150, or about €110, an amount that would not cover the least expensive appetizer-plus-main-course on the menu of his restaurant in the Hôtel Plaza-Athenée in Paris. . Some Europeans who live in New York are sniffy about the "invasion." . "Personally, I prefer to serve Americans over the French," said Henaff, a Frenchman who has live in New York for six years. "The French complain nonstop because they cannot smoke, and then they do not even leave a tip." . For their part, Europeans can get confused shopping in a country where sales tax is not included in the price on the tag, as it is at home, but added on at the register. Upton, the electrician, said he found it strange that while Lacoste tagged his girlfriend's cardigan at $165, sales tax pushed the price to $179.23. . While tempted by European brands, some visitors fear counterfeits. . "We will buy some Ralph Lauren here, but not a French or European brand," said Annie Mitton, a Parisian shopping at Prada in Greenwich Village. "There are so many fakes in this country you may not buy the real thing, right?" . Other visitors groused that the lower cost of luxury goods had actually increased their bills this season. . "It is true that our purchases of luxury goods may have been €600 cheaper by coming to New York," said Thomas Angerer, 34, a sales manager from Regensburg, Germany. "But my wife would never have made so many purchases if we stayed in Bavaria." . Of course, not every European luxury product is a bargain in New York. . The Karl Lagerfeld clothing collection that caused a stir at worldwide outlets of the German retailer H&M, for example, sells for comparable prices on both sides of the Atlantic. A black cocktail dress in the collection that sells for €79.90, or about $105, at H&M in Berlin, retails for $99.90 in New York. Including sales tax, the prices are virtually identical. . But even slim savings are not discourage Europeans this season. . "I'll buy something if I see it and not worry too much if the price is the same," said Samantha Maquin, a nurse from Quimperlé, France, who was browsing the Gucci store before going to Chanel. . "I love European brands, and shopping for them in New York is fun.""
post #60 of 81
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One must be stupid to pay £855 for a trenchcoat. I can buy a Burberry one for 450 euros in an outlet shop.
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