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My store adventure.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LabelKing, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Recently I went to a large and high-end department store that is known for stocking fine menswear and related items.

    The sales people were rather ignorant to my requests when I desired some scarves; they showed me some garish Burberry Nova check things, and such. I said I wanted scarves, and they still insisted on the Burberry, and then pushed some other logoed dross; those were mufflers.

    After that bit, I pointed to a pile of scarves, and announced that was what I wanted. Oh, they intoned, ties. Scarves.

    I felt like committing a John Morgan.
     
  2. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    so what kind of scarve were you looking for anyway?
     
  3. LabelKing

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    so what kind of scarve were you looking for anyway?
    Something that Admiral Byrd might have worn.
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    sorry - i am culturally dense would that be in silk or cashmere?? so do you have a picture?
     
  5. LabelKing

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    sorry - i am culturally dense would that be in silk or cashmere?? so do you have a picture?
    Perhaps something Joseph Rock would have worn:

    [​IMG]
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i love the pic! but i am assuming that it is a neck scarve?? i have been gettng cheap pashminas for the ladies market in HK - they are great and not to thick too can change them every year as they dont take a great washing!
     
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    Did you actually do this? -_-
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    yep coz for HK $25 and delicate cold wash my wife will bung anything in the damm washing mashine - but it was ok![​IMG] it lived to die another day!
     
  9. LabelKing

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    Did you actually do this? -_-
    It was a very natural action.
     
  10. kitonbrioni

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    You should have gone directly to the Loro Piana section and skipped the unhelpful hired help.
     
  11. LabelKing

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    You should have gone directly to the Loro Piana section and skipped the unhelpful hired help.
    There is a Loro Piana shop where it used to be an Hermes.
     
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    Perhaps something Joseph Rock would have worn:

    [​IMG]

    Is he burying the Burberry dreck?
     
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    According to the pictures posted, you mean a tie.

    In that case, why would you feel the need to be a difficult customer and push an antiquated term on a salesperson? Of course they're going to show you a Burberry nova check or cashmere tartan when you ask for a scarf. Not everyone has the time to sit around, learn trite little synonyms and pretend they live in a bygone era. People who live in the 21st century call those silly ol' things scarves.

    Sounds like you were just being a cavalier asshole.
     
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    According to the pictures posted, you mean a tie.

    In that case, why would you feel the need to be a difficult customer and push an antiquated term on a salesperson? Of course they're going to show you a Burberry nova check or cashmere tartan when you ask for a scarf. Not everyone has the time to sit around, learn trite little synonyms and pretend they live in a bygone era. People who live in the 21st century call those silly ol' things scarves.

    Sounds like you were just being a cavalier asshole.


    Agreed.

    [The New Yorker
    March 2, 1946


    A patron of Brooks Brothers got his statement this month and found that he was billed for two scarves. He called the store and protested that he hadn't bought any scarves. The store said he had, tossing in the word "four-in-hands" by way of explanation. "Oh, ties!" said the customer. "Ties", said Brooks brothers, "are bow ties." What if he came in and bought what he would consider a couple of scarves - what would Brooks Brothers call them? "What you refer to as scarves", the voice said, "are mufflers."]
     
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    I also agree with Connemara.
     
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    Agreed.

    [The New Yorker
    March 2, 1946


    A patron of Brooks Brothers got his statement this month and found that he was billed for two scarves. He called the store and protested that he hadn't bought any scarves. The store said he had, tossing in the word "four-in-hands" by way of explanation. "Oh, ties!" said the customer. "Ties", said Brooks brothers, "are bow ties." What if he came in and bought what he would consider a couple of scarves - what would Brooks Brothers call them? "What you refer to as scarves", the voice said, "are mufflers."]



    Hard to imagine BB doing that today...
     
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    Though on the one hand I feel sorry for the bewildered salespeople, on the other hand I'm glad that there are people like LK around whose refusal to live wholly in the 21st century is staunch enough to be reflected in their actions.
     
  18. LabelKing

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    Well, that's what they get for poor assistance the last time I was there.
     
  19. LabelKing

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    Is he burying the Burberry dreck?
    He used to travel in China's Yunnan province with a rubber bathtub, full photographic studio, a sedan chair, wardrobe, numerous tents, and a gramaphone with opera records.
    “For nearly twelve years prior to the outbreak of World War II, I had been engaged upon the special project of studying and translating the religious texts of the Na-khi [or Naxi] tribe of northwest Yünnan. When it became impossible for me to stay in Likiang for economic reasons, I gathered my material and shipped it from Calcutta on the S.S. Richard Hovey to the United States. This ship was sunk in 1944 by the Japanese and all my work was lost. I then determined to return to China to do the work over again."
    This man is very admirable.
     
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    According to the pictures posted, you mean a tie.

    In that case, why would you feel the need to be a difficult customer and push an antiquated term on a salesperson? Of course they're going to show you a Burberry nova check or cashmere tartan when you ask for a scarf. Not everyone has the time to sit around, learn trite little synonyms and pretend they live in a bygone era. People who live in the 21st century call those silly ol' things scarves.

    Sounds like you were just being a cavalier asshole.



    If you read LK's post (who IMO is a valued contributor to SF) he never said anything insulting or the like to the salesperson. He was at worst using an out-of-date expression.

    Thus, I suggest playing nice. Your language is at best an over-reaction and at worst ...
     

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