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decent shoes in San Fran

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RedDC5R, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. jk2317

    jk2317 Well-Known Member

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    I also happened to be visiting SF this weekend, and went to visit Wilkes Bashford on the recommendation of this thread. I am staying only about three blocks away, so it's easy.

    Friday afternoon, I stopped by and was greeted by a friendly salesman near the front. I told him I had no specific shopping list, but just wanted to see the store and browse the merchandise. For well over an hour, he showed me all three (or was it four?) floors of men's merchandise. There were (obviously) some very nice pieces. I tried on one pair of Kiton wool jeans that were on sale. They were clearly the correct size, and fit well everywhere except for the crotch. I couldn't even leave the dressing room in those pants. I described the fit in that area as "immodest bordering on indecent." Too bad, because they were great pants in every other way.

    I tried (and loved) a beautiful tan suede Brioni jacket, but just couldn't justify its $3,000 price tag, especially since I wasn't there for a new jacket!

    After my tour and trying on just a few pieces (mostly coats that are easy to pull off the rack and put on), I left without buying anything. On my way out, I looked through the cufflinks, and identified one pair that would look great with an outfit I'm wearing tonight to a wedding.

    Then on Saturday, I returned to the store, met the same salesman and purchased those cufflinks.

    Overall, a very pleasant experience, and a great way to entertain oneself for a couple of hours. Great store, IMHO.
     
  2. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    You will be seeing a lot more private label and a variety of price points at Wilkes in the coming seasons. The high priced Kiton and Brioni will be on an upper floor is what I am told and a fresh range of new looks and more affordable items will be on the first few levels. They recognize that they need to change and adapt but that takes time. It will be interesting to see how it goes. After all, it just doesn't make sense for them to carry all the same stuff as Neimans or Saks, they need to go back to finding interesting new things that aren't mass affluent brands IMO.
     
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  3. HORNS

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  4. comrade

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    I agree completely. Even before the change of ownership, Wilkes carried distinctive merchandise,
    compared to Saks and Niemans from the same brands. Except for the dreadful earth-tone period
    in the 90s, I always thought that Wilkes was more tasteful. Probably a function of there actually
    being Wilkes Bashford running things. I hope that he is more than a figure-head going forward.
     
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  5. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    Tyler Mitchell seems to be the one crafting the new image moving forward. He has been very candid that the WB model they purchased wasn't working and that the Mitchell model they used in CT didn't work in SF and now they will adapt to changes in retail and consumer demands.

    I am in touch with retailers all over the country and there is no going back to the way things used to be. The winners will be those who come up with compelling new retail models, service and selection.

    The Mitchell's will begin remodeling the place soon including letting in natural light on all floors (imagine actually using the windows!) adding chairs, creating more of a club like setting. I wish them well. It could be a cool place once again with the right changes.
     
  6. lefty

    lefty Well-Known Member

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    The place could use a make over. It's like entering a mausoleum right now.

    lefty
     
  7. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    I've been in WB twice. My first time was probably in 1999 or 2000, and the atmosphere was distinctly chilly and unwelcoming. Enough so that I didn't go back until this year. Everyone I encountered on the second visit was friendly and were prepared to help or leave me alone as I preferred. I'll definitely be going back—with money in hand, too!
     
  8. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    You need to actually talk to the SA at NM, you can get anything you want.
     
  9. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I would say the two SA's that work at NM in SF are as good as anywhere. Good guys, excellent service.
     

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