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Sam Malouf

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dragon8, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    I got a postcard that Sam Malouf is opening a store in Burlingame, CA in the next month or so. Sam used to run his family business, Malouf's, in Burlingame before they closed.

    Sam is a very nice and knowledgeable person and will give a 20% discount on MTM clothes-at least he used to. Hope he makes it. www.sammalouf.com
     
  2. imatlas

    imatlas Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. Thanks for the heads up!
     
  3. calisanfran

    calisanfran Well-Known Member

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    yea, was at some family friend's last weekend who live in san mateo and have some stores in burlingame downtown. they also mentioned that malouf is going to be starting a clothing store in b'game downtown. curious to see what they carry.
     
  4. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

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    They just closed their store last fall.
    So they, or just Sam, is in effect re-opening.
    I never really liked the old place- too flashy
    for me. But they did carry better than average
    merchandise.
     
  5. meister

    meister Well-Known Member

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    Burlingame has a good rugby club ...from memory ..right
     
  6. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    They just closed their store last fall.
    So they, or just Sam, is in effect re-opening.
    I never really liked the old place- too flashy
    for me. But they did carry better than average
    merchandise.


    I thought the old place was a bit "old world charm." The yare going to carry Kiton, Loro Piana, Zegna, Cucinelli and others.
     
  7. kiya

    kiya Well-Known Member

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    It's open now, anybody visit?
     
  8. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    Going this weekend
     
  9. thatguymj

    thatguymj Well-Known Member

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    I had the pleasure of visting Sam Malouf recently and was VERY impressed with the store. Sam did an amazing job and if you live in the Bay Area and enjoy high end mens clothing brands, you have to go check it out. Sam is a great guy and is very knowledgable about fashion. He stocks Kiton, Zenga, Loro, Cucinelli, etc for high end shopper as well as a bunch of more contemporary brands like Disel, Nudie, Agave, etc

    I shopped at the old store for many years and now that this place opened, I will be back shopping with Sam again.
     
  10. comrade

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    I was not impressed. My remarks above about their previous store were basically
    confirmed. They seem to carry very little inventory and what they have in Zegna,
    Cucinelli, Kiton, and a house brand is not very different than the San Francisco
    Nieman Marcus and Saks. I call it "flashy Italian for the American market". Sam
    insisted that he carried "soft shoulder" jackets. I tried on a few with shoulders
    that seemed almost prosthetic. My visit was on the way to the Style Forum Meet-Up
    where understated good taste prevailed. I need only mention Binge, Pocketsquareguy,
    emptym, urbancomposition, sugarbutch, as well as others, who attended this time: A real
    contrast in style with Malouf's offerings.
     
  11. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Well-Known Member

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    I thought this was regarding the furniture designerer, Sam Maloof. Now I'm bummed.
     
  12. thatguymj

    thatguymj Well-Known Member

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    I was not impressed. My remarks above about their previous store were basically
    confirmed. They seem to carry very little inventory and what they have in Zegna,
    Cucinelli, Kiton, and a house brand is not very different than the San Francisco
    Nieman Marcus and Saks. I call it "flashy Italian for the American market". Sam
    insisted that he carried "soft shoulder" jackets. I tried on a few with shoulders
    that seemed almost prosthetic. My visit was on the way to the Style Forum Meet-Up
    where understated good taste prevailed. I need only mention Binge, Pocketsquareguy,
    emptym, urbancomposition, sugarbutch, as well as others, who attended this time: A real
    contrast in style with Malouf's offerings.


    This is hilarious!

    I was actually in the shop when you came in... I was the young-ish guy that was being helped by the young-ish SA there while you were bitching and complaining to Sam about how the Kiton SC he put on you was 'not soft shouldered' and if he had anything else, but I want to say you also tried on a Cucinelli decontstucted/un-lined blazer that I actually own, and complained about that being too stiff or something as well.

    I thought you came off as a prick, fwiw. Than again, maybe you just were having a bad day. As I've mentioned in this thread, I've shopped with Sam at the old store for years, and towards the end with Omar, and now back with Sam at the new shop, and have always found Sam to be VERY knowledgable about clothing. Now mind you, his selection for a pure mens botique is good, but not up to par with the big chain stores (Neimans, Wilkes, Barneys) but pretty damn good product for a small local shop. To say the clothes are flashy is one of the funniest things I've ever heard, they are about as conservative as they get, imo. Especially given the Napolese brands he carries.

    Anyways, Funny stuff to see something in person and then read about it a few days later, I can honestly say that this was a first.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Gong Tao

    Gong Tao Well-Known Member

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    This is hilarious!

    I was actually in the shop when you came in... I thought you came off as a prick


    Roger is not a prick, he is a curmudgeon.
     
  14. comrade

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    This is hilarious! I was actually in the shop when you came in... I was the young-ish guy that was being helped by the young-ish SA there while you were bitching and complaining to Sam about how the Kiton SC he put on you was 'not soft shouldered' and if he had anything else, but I want to say you also tried on a Cucinelli decontstucted/un-lined blazer that I actually own, and complained about that being too stiff or something as well. I thought you came off as a prick, fwiw. Than again, maybe you just were having a bad day. As I've mentioned in this thread, I've shopped with Sam at the old store for years, and towards the end with Omar, and now back with Sam at the new shop, and have always found Sam to be very knowledgable about clothing. Now mind you, his selection for a pure mens botique is good, but not up to par with the big chain stores (Neimans, Wilkes, Barneys) but pretty damn good product for a small local shop. To say the clothes are flashy is one of the funniest things I've ever heard, they are about as conservative as they get, imo. Especially given the Napolese brands he carries. Anyways, Funny stuff to see something in person and then read about it a few days later, I can honestly say that this was a first. [​IMG]
    Touche'. You caught me . Yes, I did try on the Cucinelli and it was natural shouldered. But you probably didn't hear that I told Sam beforehand that I wasn't interested in Cucinelli . (I hate ticket pockets) and besides it didn't fit. Frankly, Sam may be very knowledgeable, but he prevaricates. He should know damn well that the clothing he was showing me did not meet my preference for a certain shoulder style. When I visited the then newly-opened Hickey Freeman shop in San Francisco and made the same request, I was told by the non-pushy salesman that they didn't have any jackets/suits in that style, period. Sam comes off as a high-end used car salesman. A guy who sells post-collision Lexus'. As for the overall style of Sam's selection, flashy may be an overstatement. I consider it unsubtle, country club provincial, Italian for the American market. Moreover, I see no rationale for this particular mens' boutique 20 minutes from San Francisco, except perhaps to keep Sam from having to return to Texas. As for me, I wasn't having a bad day. I was looking forward to meeting my fellow Style Forum friends . But, I cannot abide a salesman who willfully misrepresents his merchandise to someone who has already stated his preferences, and whose preferences the sales- man cannot meet.
     
  15. Imperator

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    Touche'. You caught me . Yes, I did try on the Cucinelli and it was natural shouldered. But you
    probably didn't hear that I told Sam beforehand that I wasn't interested in Cucinelli . (I hate
    ticket pockets) and besides it didn't fit. Frankly, Sam may be very knowledgeable, but he prevaricates.
    He should know damn well that the clothing he was showing me did not meet my preference
    for a certain shoulder style. When I visited the then newly-opened Hickey Freeman shop in
    San Francisco and made the same request, I was told by the non-pushy salesman that they didn't have
    any jackets/suits in that style, period. Sam comes off as a high-end used car salesman. A guy who sells
    post-collision Lexus'. As for the overall style of Sam's selection, flashy may be an overstatement.
    I consider it unsubtle, country club provincial, Italian for the American market. Moreover,
    I see no rationale for this particular mens' boutique 20 minutes from San Francisco, except
    perhaps to keep Sam from having to return to Texas.

    As for me, I wasn't having a bad day. I was looking forward to meeting my fellow Style Forum
    friends . But, I cannot abide a salesman who willfully misrepresents his merchandise
    to someone who has already stated his preferences, and whose preferences the sales-
    man cannot meet.


    [​IMG]

    This seems overwrought.
     
  16. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Well-Known Member

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    comrade, write a Yelp review.
     
  17. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    This seems overwrought.


    Not for me. I edited out most of the invective.
     
  18. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

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    comrade, write a Yelp review.
    Good idea. Although I'm not sure I want to "put the boot in" Already three reviews, one obviously from Sam.
     
  19. cazzo

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    All a very good selection of Zegna especially, but his prices are above the norm for many of the other lines he carries especially in Jeans . Spoke with a young guy there did not know much at all about anything and was a bit overdone trying to make as he knew everything about style. Then I spoke with Sam. Sam is an old retailer trying to get by. He knows his clothing well and if you can put up with his pushy nature and are willing to pay more than WB and NM this is the place. Bring your pricing and ask to match thats what another friend of mine who works in the area does there. He does have Kiton and Cucinelli both in smaller and spotty size selections. The store is great looking for sure.
     
  20. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

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    All a very good selection of Zegna especially, but his prices are above the norm for many of the other lines he carries especially in Jeans . Spoke with a young guy there did not know much at all about anything and was a bit overdone trying to make as he knew everything about style. Then I spoke with Sam. Sam is an old retailer trying to get by. He knows his clothing well and if you can put up with his pushy nature and are willing to pay more than WB and NM this is the place. Bring your pricing and ask to match thats what another friend of mine who works in the area does there. He does have Kiton and Cucinelli both in smaller and spotty size selections. The store is great looking for sure.

    I think you've "put the boot in"
     

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