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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a $200 GC to BrooksBros that's burning a hole in my pocket. What should I get? I was thinking of just getting all the shirts I can. Re: the Brooks outlet store, I haven't been before. How are the prices compared to the regular BrooksBros stores or the website?
post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 
Do you know how much differently priced the shirts are? I know online I can get like some "brooks buy" where 3 shirts are $150, and I guess they are normally $60 each. Are the outlet's shirts that much cheaper? and is the discount worth it for the quality level?
post #3 of 14
Anything marked "346" or just "Brooks" without the Bros is made for the outlets. However, the stuff there looks a lot like the stuff at the stores -- is quality much worse? I'm pretty sure it is made (or labelled) just for the outlets -- only about 2-5% of what's in the outlets actually came from a real Brooks Bros.
post #4 of 14
The 346 line is made for the outlet. Some outlet goods are of comparable quality (and nearly the same price) as the retail store -- the merino sweaters for instance. For the most part, stay away from the suits at the outlet. FYI, the 25% sale is coming up in about a month. IMO the best thing at Brooks are the shoes (the Golden Fleece suits coming in a close second), and $200 will get you about 3/4 of the way to a nice pair of Aldens, Sargents, or CJs.
post #5 of 14
I agree with JN3. Go for shoes or get a boat load of socks, boxers, undershirts.
post #6 of 14
I would wait for the Friends and Family 25% off sale and buy a pair of the Peal shoes for $100.  Head a block south on Connecticut Avenue from the Brooks Brothers store to buy Polo Phillip Collection shirts at Filene's Basement.
post #7 of 14
The storewide sale is equivalent to Friends and Family -- only the former is fast approaching, whereas FandF just passed. I'll second the Polo Collection shirt plug -- pretty tapered body, good shoulder width, excellent fabrics, and thick-arse MOPs. Only problem is the cuffs are too wide -- an annoying trait common to Polo shirts, but that can be fixed by moving the button a bit.
post #8 of 14
If you need/want the classic Brooks button down then that would be a good option. Otherwise, since you have a big chunk of money together I would side with the advice given: wait for the next sale and get some Aldens or Peals.
post #9 of 14
I agree with what everyone has said: I almost never find anything in the BB outlets. That said, my last visit was phenomenal. Outerwear had an extra 40% off, plus I had a 20% off early bird special, plus there was some loose thred on one coat so I got them to take an extra 10% off that one. I ended up getting absolutely beautiful real Brooks Brothers coat (ladies, a gift) for a steal, and a bunch of other BB shirts (real) for cheap.
post #10 of 14
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The storewide sale is equivalent to Friends and Family -- only the former is fast approaching, whereas FandF just passed. I'll second the Polo Collection shirt plug -- pretty tapered body, good shoulder width, excellent fabrics, and thick-arse MOPs. Only problem is the cuffs are too wide -- an annoying trait common to Polo shirts, but that can be fixed by moving the button a bit.
Can someone provide more precise dates for the store-wide and friends & family sales? Are we talking mid-June and mid-January for the store-wide and Thanksgiving time for F&F?
post #11 of 14
You could always just sell the gift card on ebay for about 80% of the balance. That seems to be about the 'exchange rate' so to speak. If you keep it, the C&J (under the Peal label) monstraps are great.
post #12 of 14
Most outlets have just a handful of items from the regular retail line; best buys there are often the Polo collar (non-fused) pinpoint button-downs that the regular stores no longer carry (theirs are all Maylasian made; mostly no-iron) and often some Country-club club ties-the $95 ones.
post #13 of 14
W/ a $200 gift card, I'd open up a BB credit card and when there is a "25% off sale using the BB credit card" deal (which is coming on Dec. 26), i'd go in and use the credit card, and then make a payment on the card w/ the gift card. I've found that most of the biggest sales take place only when you use their credit card, so i've done this a few times. btw..i picked up one of their Golden Fleece navy pinstipe suits yesterday....Loro Piana 120's, great tailoring (which surprised me), and overall great fit and quality (equal or better than my Hickey Freeman suits)....Being partial to the classic, timeless American cut, i'm thoroughly impressed.
post #14 of 14
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I agree with what everyone has said: I almost never find anything in the BB outlets.  That said, my last visit was phenomenal.  Outerwear had an extra 40% off, plus I had a 20% off early bird special, plus there was some loose thred on one coat so I got them to take an extra 10% off that one.  I ended up getting absolutely beautiful real Brooks Brothers coat (ladies, a gift) for a steal, and a bunch of other BB shirts (real) for cheap.
And old chum just bought a camel hair sportcoat from a Brooks outlet. The quality was sub-par. I really like the camel hair jacket from Brooks itself-- retails in the $300's range, and is the American-made version. They also have an Italian version for a bit more -- but I don't like the stiching on it.
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