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Harry Rosen Economic Crisis Sale?

micbain

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They're running an upto 40% off sale. Anyone know if anything good is actually on sale? Better to wait until after xmas? I don't want to deal with boxing day though so I wonder if its better to buy a suit now or after.

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I've been to a few of Harry's sales, and they've all been busts. The only stuff reduced has been crap I couldn't see anyone buying. In my opinion--based on a number of years shopping there--you'll seldom get a really good deal at Harry Rosen. I haven't set foot in either the Oakridge or Pacific Centre store for over a year now. Long-term forumers will perhaps remember my earlier posts decrying the slippage-into-mediocrity of this firm. Whether or not it is the replacement of Harry by Larry I don't really know, but for me it has ceased to be a place of much interest.
 

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Have to admit I'm in the same boat. I used to shop there frequently, mainly the Pacific Centre store, but haven't bought more than the occasional accessory in years. Part of it is that I've just become a more savvy shopper, so paying $1100 for a 'sale' Canali just doesn't sound like as a big a deal while the other part is that they just don't seem to have as good a selection these days. Seems to be more of a focus on brand name over quality - opening the "Hugo Boss" inserts is a good demonstration of that.
 

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Bah humbug!
 

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Well Harry isn't the best but there aren't a lot of alternatives in Vancity. You can get a much better deal online but if you need it in a pinch or are looking for something specific then your out of luck. You can get a bespoke suit for better construction but that takes awhile so if you can get an off the rack Canali suit for $500-$600 which looks good on you....then I don't think its that bad of a deal.
 

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Originally Posted by micbain
Well Harry isn't the best but there aren't a lot of alternatives in Vancity. You can get a much better deal online but if you need it in a pinch or are looking for something specific then your out of luck. You can get a bespoke suit for better construction but that takes awhile so if you can get an off the rack Canali suit for $500-$600 which looks good on you....then I don't think its that bad of a deal.


We really don't have a lot here do we? Toronto at least has a few outlets and other options, can't say I know of anywhere in Vancouver where you can get a real deal. "Monsieur Parviz" on Howe looks like there'd be a deal, but considering they've been running a 'going out of business' sale for about the last 6 years I'm not so sure ...
 

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BTY they just anounced that it is now a 50% off sale. Unlike the other guys I do buy at Harry's from time to time.

The 50% off sale is worth a look for shirts and ties. They have several Canali and Zegna ties marked down. At 50% off they still sell for around $50+ but if you find one you like the price is about the same many of the deals on these tie on the B & S forum when you factor in the exchange rate etc. You can also find a Canali shirt or two fro aorund $100. Again not a great deal but also not too far off what you would pay for a new Canali shirt on the net.

Suits don't seem to be a great deal and I didn't notice many of the marked down that much.

Holts also has some stuff getting marked down, so you mise well check both places out at once.
 

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Their JP Tilford shirts were on sale for 40-60% off a couple days ago. Some nice stuff. Other shirts were being sold at a flat rate, either $75 or $95 each. Not sure what the logic is behind the pricing.

Nearly all of their ties are 50% off, too. So Talbott Best of Class which retail for $145 are now around $75, etc.

I'm wondering whether to wait until boxing day, or whether I should go now in case they run out of my size in shirts.
 

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Originally Posted by EL72
Bah humbug!
Well spoken sir! Fully agreed on. 40 percent off the already highest price in town does not make an Economic Crisis Sale. I will pop in on Boxing Day and see what is there.
 

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Well I just bought an etro scarf for 25 percent off. Not sure about how good the rest is.
 

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Originally Posted by Roger
I've been to a few of Harry's sales, and they've all been busts. The only stuff reduced has been crap I couldn't see anyone buying. In my opinion--based on a number of years shopping there--you'll seldom get a really good deal at Harry Rosen. I haven't set foot in either the Oakridge or Pacific Centre store for over a year now. Long-term forumers will perhaps remember my earlier posts decrying the slippage-into-mediocrity of this firm. Whether or not it is the replacement of Harry by Larry I don't really know, but for me it has ceased to be a place of much interest.

Funny, I still drop by occasionally (the stores in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto) but haven't actually bought anything in years. I can't say the same about Holts, where I have purchased items during their now or never sales.
 

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Just so you know, the 40% (and I'm assuming now 50% off) applied to some of the Tom Ford suits at the Bloor St. location.

 

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It depends how you are planning to shop. If you're looking for something in particular, I wouldn't count on it sticking around too much longer, especially if it is something that most people would like (ie. not something bizarre/too unique).

It seems like you're looking for a bargain though, and if that's the case, I would wait till after Christmas, and maybe even longer. Harry's does seem to be pretty busy recently, so I don't know how the sale is going to progress. I would expect some good deals to start popping up in the first couple of weeks of January. ** I talked to my SA at harry's, and she said I should "make sure" to stop by on boxing day. Take that for what it's worth, I guess.

I prefer the sales at Holt Renfrew, most of the time. Holt's is going to have another price drop relatively soon (before boxing day, I was told..) Another SA told me the Now or Never sale would be starting on boxing day (ie. up to 60% off), but really, I don't think I'll do the bulk of my shopping until the sales are at 75+% off.. Unless there is something you really want, I would hold off for a while if you're just looking for a good deal.
 

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Well...I walked in....then walked out a little poorer. Picked up a suit and a couple of ties, all 40-50% off. I know, the SF gods will strike me down for not buying online but whatever. Looked good off the rack so I bought it. I would have waited for wwchan but that guy doesn't come to this neck of the woods until march (and by this neck of the woods I mean Seattle) and he only comes once a year so you'll have to wait another year for a second fitting.

How are Holts sales? I may take a look this week. Being 6 foot 2, the selection usually sucks at most stores so I usually grab something if it fits.
 

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