Century 21 and the squashed Barbera & Isaia Lapels

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  1. HeyYouItsMike

    HeyYouItsMike Well-Known Member

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    So I just got back from Century 21 (the one in Brooklyn) and they had a number of nice Luciano Barbera and Isaia suits for $600. Only problem is, the lapels have been squashed and basically have creases in them. It looks like a whole mess of suits were piled on top of each other. Would the lapels "bounce back" to the way they are normally if cleaned or pressed properly? Or should I stay away? (I'd wait for them to drop to $400 anyway)
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    A good steaming, or at most, a (good) professional pressing, would take care of this. I'd wait for the markdown, and then tr to convince the salesclerk that you should get an additional damage discount.
     


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    How does the Century 21 in Brooklyn compare to the one in lower Manhattan?
     


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    I went to the one in Brooklyn about two months ago. At the time it was filled with nothing but junk. I don't think they had a single suit with a retail over $1,000.
     


  5. HeyYouItsMike

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    It is very hit and miss, but it has less big-ticket shoppers than the downtown Manhattan one.  I live a few blocks away and used to go there quite frequently and would sometimes find good deals.

    Along with the suits I mentioned (which will sit there for a while), they have a mountain of Isaia shirts right now, and they usually get some Brionis that feel like they're made for wear in Siberia and others with weird patterns and colors.  Tie selection is awful, but they get a decent selection of shirts from YSL, Ferre, and similar brands.
     


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    chorse123 Senior member

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    (mack11211 @ April 26 2005,20:35) How does the Century 21 in Brooklyn compare to the one in lower Manhattan?
    It is very hit and miss, but it has less big-ticket shoppers than the downtown Manhattan one. Â I live a few blocks away and used to go there quite frequently and would sometimes find good deals. Along with the suits I mentioned (which will sit there for a while), they have a mountain of Isaia shirts right now, and they usually get some Brionis that feel like they're made for wear in Siberia and others with weird patterns and colors. Â Tie selection is awful, but they get a decent selection of shirts from YSL, Ferre, and similar brands.
    I actually like the tie selection there. They have the same number of awful ties as the Manhattan C21, but I think you have fewer tie-buying shoppers, so the good ones stick around for a while. At $40, they had a full rack of Zegnas, Battistonis, Etros, Churchs (actually very good ties), etc. Of course you have hundreds of Kenneth Cole ties and $80 Gucci monstrosities, but that's Century 21 for you.
     


  7. HeyYouItsMike

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    One good place in NYC for ties is Mario Caldi, on 57th and 7th, and they have another shop on 55th and 7th. They only have their house brand, but I've gotten a number of nice Italan ties there for ~$19. Another good place for ties is Riflessi on 57th and 6th. Incredibly annoying salespeople, but great ties and shirts at VERY reasonable prices.
     


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    von Rothbart Senior member

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    C21 priced their Isaia suits $999 last season.  Mike, are you sure they're not the cheaper diffusion lines GianLuca Napoli and Barbera Club?
     


  9. HeyYouItsMike

    HeyYouItsMike Well-Known Member

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    The Barbera's did say Club in the logo, I'm pretty sure the Isaia's just said Isaia but I can't be quite sure. The list price was $2895 on both if they help. But for $600 wouldn't they be a good deal and a steal at $400?
     


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    Don't touch the Club line, the suits are fused. It'd be a very good deal for a mainline Isaia suit at $600.
     


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    Yeah, the Barbera ones felt kind of crappy in my hands. I didn't get that, "wow, this feels too expensive for me" feeling when I picked it up.
     


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