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a different kind of Brooks Brothers Clearance

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Right now there is a warehouse sale going on at 346 Madison.

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However, after that sale, when Manhattanites finally pick over sale items for the last time, the goods will take one more trip before being disposed of.

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575 miles south of 346 Madison is 15 East Front Street, Garland, NC.

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In the red-brick storefront, note the gentlemen mannequins wearing plus 4s.

So, while everyone in Manhattan was crowded into 346 yesterday, I set off to 15 East Front Street. The first thing I did was buy a Sun Drop, a regional soft drink that's hard to find outside the Carolinas.

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Eventually after a long drive down some two-lane highways, through the middle of eastern North Carolina, you reach Garland. Garland is a small town of about 1 sq mile, with 800 people, and it's as flat as a card table. There is no stoplight in town, but there is one intersection where the traffic on Hwy 701 was a flashing caution light, and crossing traffic has a flashing stop light. The per capita income is $13,500 and a quarter of the residents live below the poverty level. There was a Dollar General store but it went out of business last year. OTOH, there is a new Piggly Wiggly, which you can see on the edge of the picture of the Brooks store I took yesterday. At the end of the street you're looking down is the Garland Shirt Company.

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Here's a barbershop also on East Front Street, the only other business I saw in town with any lights on. It's in the same block of buildings as the Brooks Clearance Center.

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Here's a picture of the suit room. Most of those jackets are orphaned suitcoats, although there is a good smattering of cord and madras odd jackets. In fact, there were probably less than 10 suits.

In the middle you'll see a long line of trouser racks, mostly pastel, paisley, white, orange cords, etc. Outerwear at the end, and some of it is pretty nice if you like Brook's casual outerwear, fake-Barbours, quilted coats, Barracuda-style jackets, etc. Then you have women's clothes on the right of the screen.

You enter the building under the Brooks Bros script, and find a room of almost nothing but shirts in two long rows down the middle, with ties lining one wall. Most are geometrics or prints that didn't sell well. There were a few ancient madder ties, some seersucker, a box of knits, and (surprisingly) some traditional rep ties that were wearable and didn't look like crap. Also there were a few decent printed ties (usually they are all crappy).

If you've ever bought on ebay from armyhardhat, most likely the goods came from here.

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Garland Shirt Company is the largest employer in town of about 800 people. This happens to be where most, if not all, the USA-made Brooks Brothers shirts come from. I did find some pretty large turkey and chicken farms outside of town though. In case you're wondering where your MTM Brooks shirt comes from, it's here:

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You can see this building from the Brooks store if you know where to look. They are about 400 yards apart probably.

Of course, I didn't drive to bumfizzle eastern NC just to take photos for styleforum
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Aside from 5 ribbon watchbands for $5, some embroidered cords, and a few shirts, I picked up a new pair of formal captoes. The store almost never has men's shoes. There are usually Brooks women's shoes, one time they had a nice pair of Italian wingtips, another trip they had some formal pumps, and this time they had about 6 pairs of these formal captoes, which were made in Spain and feel sort of like ballroom dance shoes. They also had one pair of white bucks.

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Wow,that's a good review,thanks crazyquick.That store looks awful though,I wonder why Brooks sends its stuff there,why couldn't they have a store in a bigger city?
 

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I think they used to have one near Kansas City.
 

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I bet Black Fleece OCBDs come from Garland as well,I just noticed that the factory is located there,that's probably why they have their clearance store there.
 

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Originally Posted by forex
I bet Black Fleece OCBDs come from Garland as well,I just noticed that the factory is located there,that's probably why they have their clearance store there.

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Certain OCBDs with locker loops, with the tags mysteriously cut out, coming to a B&S near you soon
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Wow, that's a good review,thanks!
 

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Great post. Thanks, quick.
 

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Originally Posted by crazyquik
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Certain OCBDs with locker loops, with the tags mysteriously cut out, coming to a B&S near you soon
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You got sizes?What you have?
 

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Originally Posted by forex
I bet Black Fleece OCBDs come from Garland as well,I just noticed that the factory is located there,that's probably why they have their clearance store there.

I thought Gitman Bros. made the Black Fleece shirts.
 

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Awesome!
 

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well ****, I know where I'm going next time I'm near Wilmington..... thanks
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It's about 50-60 miles from Wilmington.

If you go in the summer, watch out. The building is basically un-air conditioned, but they do have some ceiling fans. Plus, a lot of the merchandise is counter-seasonal. So in the summer you'll be trying on flannel-lined khakis, thick cords, and wool sweaters while it's 80 degrees inside
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This is actually a pretty depressing thread.... unwanted clothes, being sent somewhere quiet, dilapidated and out-of-sight to slowly die.

At least you rescued some from their premature demise!
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Originally Posted by Holdfast
This is actually a pretty depressing thread.... unwanted clothes, being sent somewhere quiet, dilapidated and out-of-sight to slowly die.

At least you rescued some from their premature demise!
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If we could only figure out where Brooks sends it's Peal shoes when they can't be sold
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