My public service to the StyleForum... an update on Manhattan shopping (12/30/04). Saks
Shoe selection sucked. Â The ONLY Greens on sale were a pair of chestnut colored loafers subcontracted to an Italian firm. Â Sadly, the Greens are now jacked up to $850 from the $695 and $725 prices points enjoyed only a month earlier... Deal of the Day: A 16R H&K shirt marked down to around $75 after the 40% off discount. Â I left it on the rack. Barney's
I didn't head up stairs since the markdowns weren't that steep to merit temptation. Â I ran across a few $495 RRP Kiton shirts--nice, but who are they kidding? Â For that price, Kabbaz seems only like a modest step up. The WORST NEWS
of the day: Barney's will NO longer be carrying C&J Handgrade
. Â This makes me really sad since there are already so few places where you can buy quality English shoes in the US. Â Actually, does anyone know of a retailer for C&J Handgrade in the city aside from Barney's? BG
Just a quick visit. Â Nice selection of shirts, knitwear, etc. on the 1st floor. Â Not the greatest of discounts, but worth a visit if you have the disposable income to afford BG. Â Nice selection of Kiton shoes on sale, and a few stunners from Gravati and Peluso. Â My one highlight was that BG decided to stock this JL Naseby this season--too bad they only had it in black. Beretta
I've become a huge fan of their RTW for tweedy casual stuff. Â The nicer shirts are a bit pricey ($165) for their unremarkable construction, but I'm really digging the heavy weight twills. Â 30% off wasn't nearly tempting enough for me to pull the trigger. Dunhill & Asprey
They both have sales. Â Missed closing by 10 minutes. I'd really appreciate an update on both of these retailers. Â I actually like the fit on the Jodphurs at Dunhill more than the models sold at Paul Stuart. Â And yes, Asprey, stocks two or three models of EG. Brooks Brothers
Ironically, the Brooks shell cordovans are actually cheaper than those sold at the Alden store, a block away ($488 vs $500-525 on most of the Alden models). Â I might try to pick up a stray pair at the end of the season. Â BB is simply too huge for a comprehensive review... GF suits are $698, which is fair, but not great w/o the 15% off coupon. Â Quite a bit of the outwear was discounted 40% off. Â I didn't stay long enough to check out the Stormguard stuff I spotted in the catalog. Paul Stuart
The Chicago shipment came and went. Â A few gems for the fortunate souls. Â Shirtings sucked, knitwear was marginally better except for the smalls, while a few gems were mixed in with the suits. Â I would have been tempted to pick up a beautiful flannel, but resisted since I need a year-around rather than a winter weight. The shoes (does anyone notice a trend?) were great if you love loafers, and pretty competitive with the Bennie's bonanza in very limited sizes and styles. Â After having 0 luck with our friend in Atlanta, I managed to snag a pair of shell cordovan loafers that look almost identical to the signature JM Weston model with single instead of double soles for a very attractive price. Thank you Chicago. Whew, end post. EDIT: Bry, my boots are from C&J not Paul Stuart. Â The Stuart Grenson's were out of my price range and I prefer the thicker sole on the C&J's for Polo.
Thx for your comprehensive update. How did you learn Barneys will no long carry C&J Handgrade? Whenever a retailer discontinue a line, it usually deeply discount the remaining stock. There may be some real Handgrade bargain coming up. The EG Dover at Saks is now $955. A product of weak dollar. Asprey: Nothing of interest is on sale. Dunhill: 30% off all fall/winter collection. Including Poulsen Skones, a whole-cut and a loafer @ $595 and 2 cap-toes @$450, both original price. The whole-cut and loafer look like they're Grenson Masterpiece while the cap-toes C&J Benchgrade. Hopefully bulk of the tourists will be gone after new year. There will be less competition. It's hard to compete with their almighty Euro and Pound.