Another thing, Louis' markup is modest, compared to other stores. I was surprised to find a lot of items selling for substantially less at retail than items of the same line/label at Saks, Neimans tec, though the Louis merchandise is almost always superior. Also, got to look at it from Louis perspective - at 50-60% off, you are likely buying at cost or only slightly above it. Those salesmen are there to sell at full price, not cost, or else Louis would cease to exist. If you only shop sales, you are not going to be the customer they are going to want to cultivate. No worries, just make your purchases and leave happily.. If service is important to you, John is right, it is going to cost you. Nothing is free.
there are such things as knowledgable customers who realize that retail prices are inflated and understand clothing enough to shop without heavy assistance, and that customers shouldn't be condescended for trying to maximize their utility at a cost within their means.
John agrees with you. From one of his articles:
TWO. Shop sales at finer stores. Most department stores have good season-end sales and frequently at 50% off. If you want guidance for your sale purchases, befriend a salesperson beforehand to discuss your needs and limits. Be upfront with them and they should do likewise. (Some salespeople won't want anything to do with you and they'll make it clear. It is rude, yes, but move on. Someone in the store would like to deal with you; find them.) A better salesperson will work within the limits you impose, financial or stylistic or otherwise, and sometimes will give you advance notice of sales or special promotions.
The key here is being upfront with the salesman, and being realistic. Don't expect him to give you priority of you are a sale-only customer. Respect that and he will probably respect you. I first spoke with John about two years ago when I called Louis asking for Lattanzi shoes on sale. I was upfront about the fact that I only buy at steep discounts, and he was still very helpful. In fact, a year and a half later when Gabor mentioned my name to him, he remembered exactly who I was from that one phone call..