Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Medtech71, Jan 25, 2012.
The high end menswear landscape in Canada has been dominated by Harry's and Holt's for what seem like eternity. I think most consumers would welcome Nordstrom with open arms. Hopefully better selection and better pricing will follow.
The comments section of that article was pretty awesome.
My experience at HR: Uneducatead, snobby sales folk and crazy markups. I think I'll stick to buying online.
for myself, I do not think it matters.
I have never purchased anything at Harry's main store. Only a few items if that at his outlet.
I am an educated consumer and price is important. It would be very difficult to wean someone like
myself from stop shopping at the US based outlets.
As for the Canadian marketplace, Harry's name comes up each time when one considers
high end goods for men. The rest of the market is fragmented amongst mom and pop
stores. Ripe fo picking in my opinion. However, I do not know how well brooks brothers
is doing in downtown toronto. I do know they are opening up another store in Bayview
village, must be some sign of success.
What on earth are Denham jeans and how can they cost $800?
I visit the Harry Rosen flagship store in Yorkville not infrequently -- was there browsing TF sale shirts less than 48 hours ago, in fact -- and I've never seen or heard of this brand.
I also didn't know anyone priced jeans that high except Dior and Balmain, so how is a label I've never heard of charging the same premium?
EDIT: found an online retailer and they seem to average about $200 a pair (topping out under $250), so it looks like the Globe is full of shit.
while many of their goals and offerings might be the same, Nordstrom and Harry Rosen are very different animals on paper.
Nordstrom is a publicly traded corporation that could crush Harry Rosen if it truly leverages their economic power.
HR is still a family-owned business......not really sure how they have lasted all these years, but I give them credit for doing so.
I guess time will tell how this pans out...........
I buy a few things from Harry's but would rather buy online or in the US. The only real competition for them around here is Holts, BB and a couple of independents. Holt Renfrew is just as ridiculous for pricing but they have much better sales than Harry Rosen.
I welcome the competition for sure as I agree with most, Harry Rosen pricing is marked up too high. Although I have always found their customer service (while at times comparable to stalking) pretty good.
The only thing one might want to consider buying at Harry is their JP Tilford Samuelsohn offering.
I hate the HR salesperson species as a rule.
I can get better stuff for less $ at nearly any big-name US store than at HR. I never buy anything at HR and I don't think I'd miss them any if they were gone.
Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that a US company hasn't just swooped in and eaten HR's lunch. I doubt that it could be that hard.
I have never actually bought anything at Harry's. The last time I was in there I saw a pair of AE Mctavish's that I liked....I turned them over and the price tag read $399.00...
Needless to say I left empty handed. I plan on picking up a pair of seconds next month for under $200 from an outlet.
Nordstrom Rack on the other hand....veeeeeeeeeeeery interesting. I wonder how long it will take to go from store to outlet?
I don't know that Canada is the most attractive place for higher market US retailers to open brick and mortar stores.
I think the larger discussion about the menswear landscape in Canada is that it seems whether I go into Harry's or the local independent menswear shop it's all the same stuff at all the same prices. I have any number of places to go to spend $450 on a pair of AEs, but nowhere to go for C&Js. The pricing wouldn't bother me so much if there were more selection.
Brooks Brothers is here and they aren't doing a damm thing to encourage competition since their prices "reflect the Canadian market environment" (whatever that means).
Bottom line, American stores will come up here and charge typical (overinflated) Canadian prices and stores like Harry etc. will go along business as usual.
I thought BB prices in Canada were in line with US prices?
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