Engineered Garments FW 15

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  1. El QUaG

    El QUaG Senior member

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    Having only visited the US on holidays a couple of years ago, what is the difference between Nordstrom and Bloomingdales? I was of the opinion both were typical department stores, Nordstrom being maybe a notch or two below in terms of quality/range of brands.

    At the time of my last trip in 2013, I thought it was interesting to note EG was carried in Bloomingdales SF and NYC. Only a small selection was stocked, but much to my surprise/amazement, I scored a couple of pieces at deep discount. Not sure if they're still carrying the brand?
     


  2. blue peter

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    you're spot on - they are pretty typical department stores, hence the surprise to find EG on their stock list...ah, well...
     


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  4. eluther

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    Nordstrom is in the business of selling "designer" clothes. EG is in the business of designing and making clothes that people want to sell to in the high-end market – to be surprised about something like this feels naive. If EG begun making clothes that catered to the Nordstrom consumer, rather than Nordstrom trying to direct their clientele to EG, I'd say something was amiss. But it's not. Nothing has changed for the brand's aesthetic nor the production quality, so handwringing over it being sold somewhere you find distasteful or tacky is really precious.

    Also, EG is already sold at Bloomingdales and they receive exclusive makeups no one else does. Last FW, they had the yellow floral print that was only available on the Lafayette shirt done up on tab collars. Yet, nothing that anyone's noticed has changed since then.

    And one last analogy: no one says anything about the deterioration of Alden because of some of the absolutely atrociously tacky stores that sell their shoes. Popularization means more choice and a greater chance for kopping jawnz on sale.
     


  5. Peter1

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    As has been pointed out, Bloomingdale's has carried EG in their SoHo store since 2011, I believe. Not sure how well it's doing, though. Nordie's isn't terrible, they have great customer service -- I used to buy all my "work" clothes there years ago when I lived in California. Their house brand suits and separates are good quality for money, tbh, and they have great sales on stuff like ties and dress shirts.

    Over the years they've tried to attract a hipper crowd, so having an EG account would fit into that. I also suspect that EG sells a lot more clothing than you might think. They probably have 250 accounts worldwide, maybe more (just look at how many Jpn sellers there are), and some of them probably move a huge amount of basics.

    Honestly, the blander EG offerings (chinos, jeans, work shirts, 19th c bds, andover/bedford in plain fabrics,flight jacket) are probably right in the typical Nordstrom customer's wheelhouse.

    One thing that has remained solid is the quality of the clothes -- the finishing is always tight, the seams and fabrics hold up, and buttons don't fall off -- any dropoff of that front would be a harbinger of something not good.
     
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  6. Peter1

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    I'd say Nordstrom caters to a less fashion-conscious, more conservative customer, but i wouldn't say they sell clothes of lesser quality than Bloomingdales. They carry Ervell, AMI, Yohji, Junya and a few other interesting, directional brands. They might tend toward buying items with broader appeal, though.
     


  7. NXNW

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    Not disagreeing with anyone here. My bias & feelings come from growing up with that specific Bellevue location and thinking/wishing it should be/was downtown. More conservative than Bloomingdales with crazy good customer service and return policy is a good way to describe them. DT flagship has been opening up though, comme des garcons, I saw huge selections of CPs and MMMs there while picking up shoe trees a few weeks ago.
     


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    interesting - my mind is -mostly- at ease! love eg and the fact that it's sold in a few select "chain" stores
    yeah - I guess what i'm now realizing is that I simply haven't been in a Nordstrom in a while! haha, I guess I should have done a bit of research before I posted...in fact, NXNW, the only Nordstrom experiences I can remember come from the dt seattle one (when I was a student at UW) back in the early 2000s and i just remember a lot of 7 for all mankind, ed hardy and crap of that ilk laying about...i guess Nordstrom's has upped its game (at some locations, at least). still, it's a "chain store" and carries with it certain "chain store stigmas" but that's mostly the snob in me talking and probably nothing more! haha - it's all good, my love for eg is no weaker than two days ago!

    relatedly, someone a few posts back speculate that eg had about 250 stockists ww - can that really be? i mean, i know there are a bunch in japan, but there can't be THAT many. certainly there are only a handful in N. America and Europe...I'd place my bet somewhere around 100...ah, well
     


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    This list is not exhaustive or up to date and there are about 120 here http://chrispacheco.com/brands/engineered-garments so who knows? There are always oddball places that stock it like this https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/CNE
     


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    Yeah, I speculated 250, because on the (admittedly rudimentary) EG web site I lost track around 150 or so, and that was pretty much just North America, a few countries in Europe, and Japan. But there are a lot more, and if Tools for Working Wood (where I bought all the supplies to renovate 2 apartments in New York a decade ago is selling EG, then you can buy it just about anywhere...
     


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    MAC in SF got their first delivery on Tuesday. Not a super exciting buy, IMO. Maybe 5 varieties of Button Shawl, BDU Shirt Jacket in Black Denim, painter pants in black, some blazers, cable knit shawl collar sweater, a few shirts. They did get a crazy overall-esque thing, but instead of the top being your typical overall strap set up, it buttons up the front, and is sleeveless. Almost a "pants with attached vest" look.
     


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    Man... when are the tweed bedford jackets dropping. Finally getting cold enough around Seattle to wear wool.
     


  13. NXNW

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    I think I remember John at Jackstraw telling me the deliveries were running really late this year and he expected his bedfords in mid to late Sept. I know he's waiting on some great blazers. But I agree, busted out my CPO yesterday.
     


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    Yeah he told me the same thing, I'm just want them to come now!!
     


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    if you see an andover 8.5oz twill in dark navy from this season size XS, let me know!!!

    or if you want to take the matching pants in a size 30 NWT off my hands, let me know!!!
     
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