So, here's my thought -- getting incredible deals on suits are, while not a dime a dozen, not an incredibly rare thing. It happens at least on a regular basis. However, very rarely can you find Grensons for $180 what appears to be an incredible range of sizes, colors, and styles. We've seen something like this twice in the past 9 months -- Bennies and this event. How often can we hope for something like this to come along?
On suitings... I envy the big people on this forum who speak of their $400-600 Isaia suits and the ease of finding Zegna in a variety of colors and fabrics for less than $700. For all the 38s, and especially the 36s, finding ANYTHING that is either half-canvas or canvassed on sale is a chore. In fact, this is the first time I've found decent quality RTW in the past 18 months. On shoes... The Paul Stuart sale at the flagship was almost as good. The prices were definitely a little higher, but I didn't see any shell cordovan today (and I went early). At the last sale, I came across 3 pairs in shell cordovan marked down to less than $150. Luckily, a pair of loafers was in my size. So lighting strikes three times. The end of the Barney's warehouse sale used to have a couple of C&J Handgrades approach the $150 mark. I haven't seen that in awhile, and the Hermes sales at the French Institue routinely has Lobbs offered for $300-450, which isn't a bad price. According to the two gentlemen who were waiting in the line in front of me, the last sale was 3-4 years ago... so you probably need to wait until the next presidential election to drive/fly/train to NYC for this type of sale. Cheers, NCT