Originally Posted by LARon
This is all very interesting, inasmuch as I just commissioned a lovely brown and bone cashmere houndstooth sport coat after concluding, over several weeks' deliberation, that the rumors of their imminent demise were greatly exagerated, and perhaps a bit of schadenfreude. To echo what has been said more than once, they have one of the best selections of fabrics, shoes, suits and accessories I've seen anywhere. Its just a fantastic place to shop for clothes; truly a sartorialist's haven -- if not heaven.
Yes, there's something in the make-up of SF and other clothing fora members that likes the search and destroy method of shopping, and I'm as guilty as others.
Based on our education that's superior to that of other consumers, we like finding deals that are otherwise passed over. Look at the love we extoll places like Bergdorfs on sale, Saks on sale, Paul Stuart's warehouse sale, Woodbury Commons, etc. We like picking through the wreckage, unencumbered by nosy salespeople telling us things we don't need to know. "Thanks, I'll pass on trying on your $2k Armani, and head to that branded jacket that happens to be made by Isaia and on sale for $500."
We'll also give a pass to places that sell known quality like T&A or Oxxford or Edward Green, especially if it can be bought at a discount.
It's the small, unique stores that sell at a premium that gets under our skins. These places subvert our independence and, not surprisingly, offer few deals or sales because they know their product in a way that the bean-counters at Barneys or Neiman's may not and often in a way that the customers do not (e.g., where the suits and shirts are made). Yet these are some very nice stores that deserve a substantial amount of support since they actually bring in products that the big boys miss and add a critical degree of style. Yes, it costs more, but it's a nice thing to have in the city.
The feelings about Venanzi remind me of Jay Kos, not to mention other rarely discussed and barely tolerated stores like Domenico Vacca or Duncan Quinn or Lord Willys.