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Sales in the DC Beltway area?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NoVaguy, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. Duveen

    Duveen Senior member

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    Sadly, no (at least not that I saw). Kabert and I had the same reaction - that maybe there were some earlier... That said, I think that DC gets stuff after Boston, so I imagine our neighbors to the north got most of the Green shoes... An interesting note - the 'full price' at Mitchell's appears to be $725. Not the $675 of old, but not as bad as it might be, either.
     
  2. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Duveen, I saw that $725 price also and wondered how old the shoes were, as someone here a few days ago posted that the full retail price for EGs at Mitchell's/Richard's is now $850 (thanks to the lowly US dollar I suspect).

    By the way, the National Press Filene's did not get any of the Mitchell's stuff. They did get a decent shipment of very colorful Ralph Lauren (not RLPL) items, including lots of madras and some nice silk/linen blend shirts.
     
  3. Ambulance Chaser

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    I just got back from the Connecticut Avenue Store. Â As of 1:15 PM, the Greens are still there. Â If Boston got first dibs on shoes, it is no great surprise that these particular shoes have not sold. Â Not very attractive, in my opinion. Â Left unshined, however, they would fit in perfectly with the navy sack suit, white shirt, and red/blue tie aesthetic of DC. Â [​IMG] I can't add anything to previous reports except to note the presence of several pairs of Ferragamos. Â I'm willing to bet they sell before the Greens. Anyone been to Mazza Gallerie yet?
     
  4. petescolari

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    I believe what FB does is allocate to each store. To the best of my knowledge I have never seen unsold goods be there one day and then shipped to another locale like DC or NY the next. The original FB in Boston here uses the automatic markdown system for dated material. This time of year when goods from Mitchell's/Richard's/Sid's/Louis/Barney's comes in, most of it goes in the first week or so (shoes, suits, shirts). The rest of the inventory will remain in the store when it goes on markdown 25,50, then 75% off then to charity. I did see only one pair of Green's here in Boston on Monday morning. I don't think there were others being offered that were sold. I believe the Mitchell's price on the box was $750. I am not sure, but it could have been slightly lower than b/c the soles were not leather. DC's allocation of clothes seems to correspond to what Boston got as well. Really nothing great. I did see one Borrelli dark brown crocodile belt for 199. originally 800 or so. Beautiful.
     
  5. Earthmover

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    Hi, lurker here, but it seems like no one's given a report on the Mazza FB store, so here's a bit. I am still learning all the stuff, so my terminology and such may be off, but I will try to give good descriptions, to the best of my memory.

    A decent number of Hickey Freeman suits and shirts, shirts were at $60, and I can't remember the Suit prices, although I think it was $400.

    There were 4-5 Gieves & Hawkes RTW, as well as Armani Collezione suits. Armanis were either $800-900, and I think G&H were much less. They came from [Mitchell's?] in Westport. There were other stuff like RL and Ted Baker, but they were the highlights.

    In the shoes area, there was one Edward Green in 9EE, (a black captoe, with patterned holes and such instead of stitching on the cap border). There were a few pairs of ferragamos.

    There was a decent number of Allen Edmonds Lexington in black and brown; I think they were mostly Ds, although there were two Es that I remember (8.5, I think) and an 10.5A. There was another model of AE, but I can't remember at the moment.

    I tried on some of the stuff in my sizes from G&H and HF, but I didn't fall it love with it, so I left it be, so if you are 44L, they should be still there. There was an Armani Collezione 43L suit that fit me perfectly, except that the sleeves were too long and they had fake buttonwholes, which I assumed was unalterable.

    In the end, I picked up five RL shirts 16-16.5/35-36 (at $35 each marked down from $145-165, they seemed a good bargain), and two pairs of shoes, RL black calf captoe, and a Bruno Magli plain Blucher, at $150 and $160 respectively. Overall, I was pretty happy with the purchases.

    Anyway, sorry to babble for so long, but hope that helped a bit. One question: does anyone know who makes the Polo Ralph Lauren shirts and shoes that are made in Italy? What about RL shirts from Hong Kong?
     
  6. kabert

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    EM, thanks for the Mazza report. It sounds like you got some nice items for great prices. Interesting that Mazza received a pair of size 9 black EG captoes too. One can only wonder I suppose whether there were other Edward Green shoes at the start of the sale, also selling for $299. As for RL made in Italy shirts/shoes. If it was RL "purple label" that you bought, then I believe Lorenzini made the shirts. If not purple label, then I don't know who made them. As for the Italian-made RL (non-purple label) shoes, the question of who makes them has been asked previously here and I don't recall a definitive answer. Ferragamo perhaps? Gravati? By the way, was there a mountain of Borrelli items at Mazza, like there was/is at the Connecticut Ave. store?
     
  7. Earthmover

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    Ah, forgot to mention Borrelli shirts. I saw about 15 on display, and they ran a gamut of sizes, priced at either $159 or $189. I didn't look too closely at them since they were lacking in 16/36s, but they were fairly conservative colours and patterns. I guess 15 shirts do not equal a mountain...

    The ones I got weren't RLPL, but rather their standard Polo Ralph Lauren stuff. Hopefully someone will know who makes them. I'm rather curious.
     
  8. Duveen

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    Hi,

    Were the RL shirts that were made in Italy buttondown oxfords? If so, they are really nice this year. I picked up one at Conn Ave earlier and actually paid a bit more than I ought to for one at the actual Polo store. The $165 Made in Italy shirts that I've seen are somewhat fitted (not terribly so, but certainly not tentlike), have gorgeous MOP buttons and cross-stitching on the button application. Overall quite nice.
     
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    I agree. I didn't get any of the button down oxfords, but I examined the shirts some more (I got three of the Made in Italy ones) and I really like their styling. The MOP buttons, the triangular cut cuffs, slightly wider than normal, and as you mentioned, they don't fit like parachutes. While I used to look at a lot of different shirts (used to iron shirts for my parents' drycleaner back in high school), I've never really needed to get nice clothes until now, and these are definitely the first with MOP buttons, so I am fairly excited. While many of you already working may disagree, I'm very much looking forward to starting work after graduating this spring, and the process of slowly acquiring what I would consider a relatively decent quality work wardrobe has been fun and educational. By the way, thanks to the person who started this thread, as I probably would not have known about the deals at FB otherwise.
     
  10. kabert

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    Even though NM's Last Call sale is now over, does anyone know if Saks' sale is still going on at Mazza Gallerie?
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ha ha . . . when can we expect to see Borrelli shirts selling for $250?
     
  13. kabert

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    Definitely a flip, but I'd be surprised if the seller got someone to bid at that price -- it seems a little high as an opening bid. I wonder what the story is with the Elmsley's in size 9? Why there's an excess of them.
     
  14. Ambulance Chaser

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    This looks like the pair from Mazza Gallerie.  The pair at Connecticut Avenue was labeled 9/9 1/2 on the inside.  The story behind the Elmsley is that they are so . . . blah.  I wouldn't pay $300 for them, much less $450.  For that money, I'd much rather get Marteganis from Francos.  Or two pairs of Grensons from Bennies.
     
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    Kabert,

    I was at the Mazza Gallery Saks a couple of days ago. There were two long racks of winter shirts and pullovers with an additional 25% taken off the earlier markdowns. Worth picking through if you are there, IMO, but not worth a special trip. You might find a Borelli shirt.
     
  16. Ambulance Chaser

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    Apparently not . . .
     
  17. johnnynorman3

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    That's a pretty fair opening price, actually. English Shoes used to start his auctions between $455 and $500.
     
  18. Ambulance Chaser

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    For shoes as pedestrian looking as the pair in the auction at issue?
     
  19. kabert

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    See who the bidder is? "Edward_Green" His feedback suggests he's in Germany. Hmmm, I wonder if those EGs are still at the CT Ave. Filenes....
     
  20. Ambulance Chaser

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    The selection was pretty picked over the last time I went, which was this past Tuesday.  Good thing for my credit card that the next wave of sales isn't until July or so.
     

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