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Nordstrom: What to buy & what to avoid?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dmoney90, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. dmoney90

    dmoney90 Active Member

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    I have about $200 worth of gift cards to Nordstrom and it's their anniversary sale right now. I have read a lot of poor reviews of Hugo Boss (which they seem to always try and push on their customers), Ted Baker, and a few other brands. I need a new suit and a sport coat, but have no idea what to get.

    Can someone tell me what brands are quality and which are crap at Nordstrom? They can be very pricey and if I'm spending a lot I want to be sure I'm getting something good. Please give me your reviews/experiences with their brands.
     
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  2. malat

    malat Senior member

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    Depends on the Nordstrom. The Nordstrom just south of my home carries mainline Zegna and Canali suits, shirts, etc. The Nordstrom a few miles north only carries Hugo Boss and their house brands. Your mileage may vary depending on your area. You may be able to grab a pair or two of the Allen Edmonds shoes left over from the half-yearly sale. I may put my money there.
     
  3. dmoney90

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    There are 2 Nordstroms near me and a Nordstrom Rack. They might as well rename their stores to Hugo Boss, it's practically all they carry. Went last night to see if they had anything semi-decent left during the sale and the salesperson immediately started pushing the Hugo Boss and Ted Baker sport coats on me. It's funny, in the 3 days i've searched through Style Forum i really think i know a hell of a lot more than the Nordstrom employees on men's suits.

    With that being said, I think I am going to order a suit from Suit Supply and save my Nordstrom gift card for shirts and ties. It's a shame that they sell mostly garbage for such high prices, i used to think much higher of their brand before joining this forum and really learning about quality.
     
  4. dmoney90

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    Also, I know Ted Baker isn't high quality (and prob not worth $300 for the sport coat below) but can anyone tell me where I can find a similar looking sport coat that is quality made? I really like the look of the Ted Baker "Judd" navy sport coat with the slanted pockets and trim look. For $300 there's gotta be a better one out there...

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    yeah,used to think much higher of their brand before joining this forum and really learning about quality.
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  7. smittycl

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    Nordstrom's near me carries Canali, Hickey Freeman Mahogany line and Burberry London. The suits are marked down 50% now. Boss has so many lines I never know what is decent and what is garbage. Nordstrom also has Zegna and Canali ties that are on sale sometimes.

    I bought a blue Ted Baker London "Endurance" suit there last year at semi-annual sale. Nice "workhorse" suit with herringbone pattern , slanted pockets and Etro-like lining. Fused and not expertly constructed but ready made for slogging to work on Metro.

    Nordstrom rack close to me has mostly Boss and other stuff that looks like it's made for outlets. Once in a while I can find mainline Canali, HF and Burberry in my size.
     
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    The Nordstrom's in Palo Alto, CA actually carries ( or carried) Samuelsohn.
    There's is not the selection that one would find at Paul Stuarts or o"Connells-
    More mid-market and "contemporary styles". All I buy at Nordstoms are socks
    and undershorts, which are now on sale.
     
  9. dmoney90

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    do you remember what you paid for the TB suit?
     
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    I paid $400. Pretty good price. TB is like Hugo Boss. Rakish cut, fused but you get lots of positive comments. Wear an expensive Canali and get no comments. Kind of weird but understandable. :)
     
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    Come to an SF Meet-up in San Francisco. The Boss will elicit a stoney silence.
    We are polite, after all.
     
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    Nordstrom: Bonobos, Calibrate and John W. Nordstrom Dress Shirts (both fit trim), Allen Edmonds, Hickey Freeman. That's about all I can think of.
     
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    Yelp -- Palo Alto was the one I was thinking of, though I can never find anything I like in there...
     
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    Honestly, I'd spent the gift cards on a replacement item like shoe trees, fragrances - it may not be on sale but assuming you will wear it not a bad way to burn gift card currency.

    I haven't bought a department store suit, shirt or sport coat in years (menswear specialist, at almost every price point, deliver much better quality/price). That being said they have a side selection of AE, even if you don't want to buy shoes they have discounts on belts (AE is the only widely available brand whose belts I find hold up well).
     
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    thanks, that's what I was looking for. think i may go check out their AE shoes and see if they have them for a decent price. what would be a good price for the AE Strand shoe? they're on sale for $240, is that a good discount?
     
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    $240 is a really good price. I have three Strands (black, brown and walnut). excellent shoes.
     
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    Look for AE shoes. I'd have a shirt made from their custom MTM dept. Make sure you haggle to get tailoring included. I have 2 shirts in Albini fabric that have held up quite nicely. A good deal as long as it's during the sale.
     
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    That ^ was my 666th post. Can't have that creepy shit beside my name. Here's 667!
     
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    I would say that's quite a good price for shoes that normally retail for $365 (though the Allen Edmonds website is actually showing $385 for the Strands and most other shoes that were just recently $365 - e.g. Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, etc.).

    When you add on the fact that they are not factory seconds, you get free shipping from Nordstrom (if you can't pick them up in store), and free returns via mail or in-store, I would argue it makes them an excellent deal.
     
  20. dmoney90

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    just ordered them off the website. $260 total ($20 tax) and free shipping. spent $95 after using gift card, not too bad! hope they'll last a while
     

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