Okay, let's start with what I got: lightweight casual button up (not button down) shirt by Age in a deep indigo color for $95; Paper Denim 2-year LTD for $95 (best jean I've ever tried on, BTW -- totally worth the money); lightweight Belvest flat front trousers in a charcoal mini-herringbone weave for $212. Â I would say no regrets at all. Â I was close to buying a pair of Barbera mid-weight flannel pants, but figured I'd wait until the 60% days because I already have about four or five pairs of flannel pants that I really like. Â Kind of regretting that decision, though. Â What I liked: Â (1) Vass shoes -- incredible fit. Â Comfort factor blows Green away, in my opinion, and I love my Greens. Â I wish the leather were a little more English (thicker), but on the U last the more supple leather probably works better. Â Totally worth the money, but I'm waiting until 60% off to bite. Â (2) Â Age shirts -- double needle stitching, but pretty good stitching. Â Great fabrics, and great fit (close to the body, shorter hem, but arms still long enough to cover the wrists properly). Â Buttons seem to be dark MOP or troca -- if they are plastic, they sure fooled me. Â (3) Â The selection of trousers -- this was the highlight of the sale in my opinion. Â (4) Â The shoe selection -- they had a lot to choose from. Â (5) Â Dries van Noten shirts -- I loved the styling, though they were overpriced (double needle stitching, average buttons at best) and the arms too short for me. Â (5) Â Truzzi shirts -- awesome fit at a price much less than Kiton and Fray. Â Good fabrics too. Â I'll be looking for Truzzi on Ebay. Â I liked Fray a lot, but Truzzi was better. Â I couldn't find anything left in my size though, because it took me a couple of hours to make my way to dress shirts. Â Things I didn't like: Â (1) Â Steven Alan shirts -- you've gotta be kidding me with these. Â Double needle stitching, average fabrics at best, and the most hideous looking plastic buttons I've ever seen. Â Collar is ridiculously short on the neck, making your head look huge and your neck too long. Â I don't get the attraction of these -- Abercrombie gives you the same styling and quality at about 1/3 of the price. Â (2) Â Suit selection in 40R -- I literally saw ZERO fully canvassed pieces in this size. Â Was I looking in the wrong place? Â (3) Â Knitwear -- Maybe I judged too quickly, but I didn't see any knitwear that I'd like. Â Everything seemed to be thin fabrics in horizontal stripes. Â (4) Â Customer service -- a bit hit or miss. Â I had some great help with shirts, but the dressing room attendants were rushing people out. Final grade -- A+. Great deals to be had on staple pieces, and just a sensory overload of great cuts and fabrics.
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1/9/05 at 3:20pm