Even though, as I mentioned previously, I am in the April 2013 No Purchase Club I stopped over at the new Savers during lunch today to see if they had turned their stock over and to search for a tie for the young teenaged son of one of my department managers. Seems he attends a private school in which ties are required but apparently can be of any style, pattern or color. The lad has already professed hatred for his Dad's entire collection of ties but I've seen how his Dad dresses so he may well be correct.
Anyhow, I was looking through the skimpy tie rack and came across this slender Ben Sherman for him. Chinese made but, hey...they invented silk, right? I'm telling her that if the kid hates it, she has to give it back to me!
Then it was bucket list time. The No Purchase Club went out the window on this one. Since it was an "unknown brand, it was only $2.99 instead of the upscale price like the Ben Sherman.
As I picked up the Marinella, one of the Savers staff looked at the tie (she couldn't see the brand) and then looked at what I was wearing (standard dress code work wear, JAB black shirt, Gap khaki dual vent sport coat and dark brown D2 dockers) and asked me...
"So, what brands of ties are popular?"
I was tempted to say, "Oh, Stafford, Nautica, Bert Pulitzer, etc..." but she seemed so sincere that I told her all aboutBrioni, Kiton, Barbera, Drakes, and so on... (Click to show)
Instead, I just smiled and said that the ties that I liked probably were not the popular selling ties that people were looking for and eased away to go check out the men's underwear rack.
I went on to locate 2 pairs of flat front Brooks Brothers (346) cords in medium and dark brown in my size but the 4/13 NPC was gnawing at my conscience so I hung them back up and I'm gambling that they will be there on the 1st of May.
Also, I found a pair of sleek, chisel toe, side zip, brown GR by Gordon Rush Chinese made (Not Italian
) ankle boots that fit wonderfully and were priced under $10. Glued on soles and I couldn't find enough info about them on short notice so I passed. I wish now that I hadn't as they would look quite good under any of the several pairs of slim fitting Levis that I have collected.
Oh well. Maybe next month.