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"Alan Flusser" at SteinMart

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Went to a SteinMart for the first (and likely last) time this afternoon. The place is drearier than a Marshalls. Imagine my surprise to come across a LOT of clothing with the brand label "Alan Flusser." It was actually the best stuff in the store, although that is NOT saying much. I thought it might be a different Flusser, but there was a display with an homage to the man and several copies of "Dressing the Man." I got the impression the line was exclusive to SteinMart. I don't fault anyone for making a buck, but I must say I was surprised to see his name there.
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As I understand the story, he has close personal ties with the family that owns SteinMart, hence the connection. It does seem like an odd match-up. As I once remarked in Andyland years ago, I doubt if one out of a thousand typical "mart" shoppers has the remotest idea who Alan Flusser might be.
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As I understand the story, he has close personal ties with the family that owns SteinMart, hence the connection. It does seem like an odd match-up. As I once remarked in Andyland years ago, I doubt if one out of a thousand typical "mart" shoppers has the remotest idea who Alan Flusser might be.
Probably the reverse is also true, only a tiny fraction of his regular customers have any idea what Steinmart is. Ive known about this licensing deal for some time and still i do not know what a Steinmart is or where it is located, and I think I am the better for it. It's all about the benjamins...
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I think the SteinMart nearest to me is up in La Habra, about 15 miles of urban driving from me. Were it closer, I'd check it out. I seem to remember someone posting that they actually had ascots for sale at one, which seems much more Flusserian than mart-like. I would rather doubt if any other "mart"-type store since these emporia came into existence (whenever that may have been) has ever sold a single ascot!
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i do not know what a Steinmart is or where it is located, and I think I am the better for it.

A Steinmart is . . . curiously interesting.

I've been to several, bought a few of their cheap flimsy ties, some colorful preppy Made in USA socks, and a copy of Flusser's book, and listened to a few of their investor conference calls.


Most of the men's stuff is discounted old man golf wear (I mean that in the kindest way). Occasionally they will have a club collar or tab collar shirt for sale. They do sell a few classicly styled ties for about $15 each. Sometimes have good socks. They are publicly traded but you can't buy merchandise online. On a conference call they said they try and locate retail space near the best grocery store, closest to the nicest neighborhood in town. My experience bears this out. I think their target shopper is a 55-65 year old woman who shops at that grocery store, who is either buying a few shirts for her husband or has drug him along with her.

They also have a corner of golf related office crap too. Like the snow globe with a golf ball in it, framed prints to hang on your wall, framed photos of Ben Hogan and Payne Stewart, golf books, golfy paperweights, umbrellas, etc. Occasionally I've seen straw boaters for sell. An ascot would not surprise me.
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Hmmm...I see they've got a store in Huntington Beach, which is no great distance from me. I'll have to check it out and maybe pick up a bargain ascot. If they are "old man" oriented, I should fit in just fine.
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I've been in a SteinMart once and wasn't too impressed. All of the brands had similar logos or names to more mainstream brands. Felt like a store of knockoffs to me.
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Actually my favorite tie is from there. Seersucker tie. I'll post a pic later on.

They march to their own beat. How you can be a retail chain without selling online, in 2008, is beyond me. . .


http://www.steinmart.com/website.nsf/webpages/Men I would say they have stolen many of JC Penny's customers. They are aimed at the mall department stores, but in a convienient, off-mall location. Rent is probably cheaper that way too.

I haven't paid attention to brands much, but I have seen a lot of Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Julian department-store level merchandise there. Not sure about Polo (haven't been in a while). This is mixed in with their Alan Flusser and "T.Harris" store-brands. It's not a store aimed at SF, but leagues ahead of Menswearhouse for, I guess, the same money.
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Yes, lots of Polo, Lauren, Alexander Julian, Calvin Klein, Geoffrey Beene, Van Heusen... plus a ton of other "off" brands that were not familiar to me.
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I encountered a "Cash a Mere" scarf made from man-fade fiber.
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Would anyone give two shits of interest if I went there tonight, took photos, and posted them in this thread?
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Would anyone give two shits of interest if I went there tonight, took photos, and posted them in this thread?

Knock yourself out. Any chance your cat will be in the pics?
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Knock yourself out. Any chance your cat will be in the pics?

Maybe I will put on my Ray-Bans, put my leash on Bailey, and use him as a "Seeing Eye Cat" I guess I would need a stick too though.



Not very iGentrified.
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post
Hmmm...I see they've got a store in Huntington Beach, which is no great distance from me. I'll have to check it out and maybe pick up a bargain ascot. If they are "old man" oriented, I should fit in just fine.

You're too stylish for SteinMart, Jan. And I'm not saying that to flatter you but to save you the trip.

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I haven't paid attention to brands much, but I have seen a lot of Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Julian department-store level merchandise there. Not sure about Polo (haven't been in a while). This is mixed in with their Alan Flusser and "T.Harris" store-brands. It's not a store aimed at SF, but leagues ahead of Menswearhouse for, I guess, the same money.

The Polo stuff is almost invariably the lower-end department store merch. Never seen anything from Ralph there that was not made in Micronesia or a third-world country. Now and then there's a decent item discounted enough to make it worthwhile, but you have to dig. In my experience, the effort required outweighs the infrequent rewards.

I love bargain hunting, but SteinMart doesn't make it into my regular rounds. It's like Marshall's, only with less potential. But I do agree that it's superior to Men's Wearhouse, for the wives of guys who just don't care.
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Maybe I will put on my Ray-Bans, put my leash on Bailey, and use him as a "Seeing Eye Cat" I guess I would need a stick too though. .
Have you seen the story of the seeing eye cat????

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