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Stel's has a new website

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by robin, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. chronoaug

    chronoaug Senior member

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    reposted from official sales thread since i didn't see this one here
    Not alot of competition locally, but on the web, things are quite a bit more competitive.
    Stel's actually has competition in boston these days. Barneys carries a few of the same brands they do and The Tannery in Cambridge has stepped their game up in the past 2 years a lot. A solid selection of R&B, shirt by shirt (ones i actually like i haven't seen before), steven alan, cdg shirt, yohji Y's, nico, saw BoO awhile back but haven't lately (still BoO x sperrys though), acne, barbour, common projects, pierre hardy, red wings, KMW, kzo, and a few others that forumites would like. Stel's is nice but their prices are just "ok" and beaten by some online retailers. Also, they seem kinda averse to sales. The staff is usually friendly though. I haven't bought anything from there but have walked through a few times. They still have 1 pair of W&H original black leather service boots (not the charcoal nubuck) in a size 10.5 or 11 (they fit like an 11.5 from what i remember) but they still are pricing them at original retail something like $775 Stel's is an alright store. It's pretty underwhelming in there at times as a lot of the pieces look kinda the same but in different brands. I remember talking to one of the guys there and it seems like they were getting some decent geller stuff in when i checked back late august. Not that exciting of a store but has a few items most forumites would enjoy. Although their terms, generally weak sales, and low stock/sizes will turn some off and i understand. Staff is nice and knowledgeable though. Much nicer than the Tannery which usually has a few douchebag looking guys or hot chicks roaming the floors who generally don't know a ton about the products (well the men's stuff at least). The Tannery will offer you deals if you talk to the fat guy with the goatee though. He seems to know the most. .I talked with him about a few pieces (these pierre hardys, this great CDG shirt blazer last spring and this unbelievable best m65 i've ever seen by Yohji Y's but is no longer there) and offered me 10% off the Y's jacket i kept eying.
     
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    Also, they seem kinda averse to sales...generally weak sales

    If I remember correctly, you haven't been in Boston long. I've shopped at Stel's a few times in the past few years and they've actually had quite a few sales. More than I would have expected from a small, boutique-style shop. Also, when they do have sales, they seem to go all out. I've been in there at least twice when they've told me that a few of their racks are 50 or even 70% off. It's not the best store in the world, but they do have some good stuff and they definitely have some nice sales every so often.
     
  3. chronoaug

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    I've been to stel's a few times a year the past 3 years about so i've been before and am somewhat familiar. I guess the times i was there i missed sales time or maybe they just didn't reflect sales on their old website very much. Maybe just unlucky
     
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    The last sale they had they started at 30% off current stuff, then went to 75% of what they had from previous seasons, then 50% off current season stuff. I got two pairs of Rachel Comeys and a pair of NdG pants for under $200 during the clearance.

    Also, they seem well aware that everyone hates the shoe pictures, and those'll probably be improved in the future.
     
  5. chronoaug

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    Good to know. Will definitely try to check it out soon. Does anyone know if the online stock is only partial what they carry in-store or is it complete?
     
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    I've been to stel's a few times a year the past 3 years about so i've been before and am somewhat familiar. I guess the times i was there i missed sales time or maybe they just didn't reflect sales on their old website very much. Maybe just unlucky

    Ahh, probably just unlucky. Their old website was horrible and never gave any indication of any sales they were having.
     
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    FWIW, I love this store. I do most of my shopping at Stel's. Jon and Tina are super nice, and they are very knowledgeable about the clothes. I don't always love Jon's buys, but I like what they are going for. The clothes they pick are very casual, hardly ever too fashionable, trendy, or gimmicky, and always of very high quality. The stuff I've bought from them is usually the stuff I wear years down the line, whereas I've made lots of purchases at Barneys or elsewhere that I regret later.

    If there's a weakness to the shop, it's that the clothes are *too* casual. It's a small space and they stick to their niche. But in person it all makes sense and everything looks great together.

    I agree with chronaug that it's not a great shop for sales. They don't buy much. A lot of the better pieces they'll pick up in a very limited run, and they're sold out by early in the season. My experience is that, by 70%, most of what's left is stuff from the weirder brands, like V:Room. If you want bargains, I think the best places in Boston are The Tannery and Alan Bilzerian.

    As for terms, the online ones seem a little crazy - I've never had any problems face-to-face. It's a *very* small shop and they only take returns for credit, but I can't say I mind when the clothes are so good. Anyway - stop in, that's great they have a webstore!
     
  8. chronoaug

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    FWIW, I love this store. I do most of my shopping at Stel's. Jon and Tina are super nice, and they are very knowledgeable about the clothes. I don't always love Jon's buys, but I like what they are going for. The clothes they pick are very casual, hardly ever too fashionable, trendy, or gimmicky, and always of very high quality. The stuff I've bought from them is usually the stuff I wear years down the line, whereas I've made lots of purchases at Barneys or elsewhere that I regret later.

    If there's a weakness to the shop, it's that the clothes are *too* casual. It's a small space and they stick to their niche. But in person it all makes sense and everything looks great together.

    I agree with chronaug that it's not a great shop for sales. They don't buy much. A lot of the better pieces they'll pick up in a very limited run, and they're sold out by early in the season. My experience is that, by 70%, most of what's left is stuff from the weirder brands, like V:Room. If you want bargains, I think the best places in Boston are The Tannery and Alan Bilzerian.

    As for terms, the online ones seem a little crazy - I've never had any problems face-to-face. It's a *very* small shop and they only take returns for credit, but I can't say I mind when the clothes are so good. Anyway - stop in, that's great they have a webstore!


    Eh, Sales at the Tannery aren't all that great either. Never go very low and i saw some spring stuff sitting at like 40-50% off into august and then come september the whole rack was cleared maybe to consignment shop or some other retailer.

    Too bad even at 80% off i probably couldn't afford Alan Bilzerian items [​IMG]
     
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    I agree that Jon is a very nice guy. I just stopped by and picked up a nice Relwen sweater that was 30% off, they definitely have stuff in store that is not on the site.
     
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    Eh, Sales at the Tannery aren't all that great either. Never go very low and i saw some spring stuff sitting at like 40-50% off into august and then come september the whole rack was cleared maybe to consignment shop or some other retailer.

    Too bad even at 80% off i probably couldn't afford Alan Bilzerian items [​IMG]


    You'd be surprised - AB gets really cheap towards the end of their sale. Last year (which I know was unusual, but still) they had a bunch of racks with $39.99 and $49.99 knits. I picked up a bunch of MMM dress shirts for $49 each earlier in that sale season.

    On another note - The Tannery stashes a bunch of el cheapo items in the old Tannery - the one underneath the Gap. Last time I was in they had a bunch of KMW sweatshirts for $49, some Acne raincoats for cheap, R&B Harringtons in smaller sizes - great deals, IMO.
     
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    Shit. Do you remember about when that happened? I'll definitely check that out. I don't go in there that often because i feel bad knowing i can't buy $700 morishita pants

    Yea, i never go into the old tannery since it just seems like a bunch of vans and dunks from the outside. Will check it out this week
     
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    Hey guys, I'm from Stel's in Boston. Thanks for all of your remarks about our new site. We're working really hard to make this site better with each shoot. So, your constructive criticism is much appreciated.

    We actually just updated the site with APC denim and a few other sale items. We experimented a bit with the lighting and positioning of the items. If any of you have any opinions on the photos of the latest shoot I'd love to hear your opinion.


    Just a quick word regarding our shipping policies: Some of you have mentioned that you think it's pricey. We are not making any money on shipping! I know it's high if you're buying a -shirt. But if you're buying anything heavier than a shirt, it really comes out pretty even. If you're buying more than one item, the flat rate is usually to your benefit.

    Take care!
     
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    thanks for the info Its been mentioned earlier in this thread you but really need profile/side shots of the shoes.
     
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    Yeah, that was an oversight on our part. Next season we'll do better. Ironically, the shoes are the best selling items on the site so far. But yeah, we're aware the pictures of the shoes could be better.
     
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    Yeah, that was an oversight on our part. Next season we'll do better. Ironically, the shoes are the best selling items on the site so far. But yeah, we're aware the pictures of the shoes could be better.

    I'm not surprised, you guys have a really well editted shoe collection.
     
  16. chronoaug

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    Yeah, that was an oversight on our part. Next season we'll do better. Ironically, the shoes are the best selling items on the site so far. But yeah, we're aware the pictures of the shoes could be better.

    Nice to see you guys with a styleforum presence. I do like coming in the store from time to time to check out the digs.

    Any kind of store update you can share? Maybe what stuff you're looking to carry in the coming months? Sales going on? Any other cool stuff Stel's related? I know Boston people and just SF people alike all appreciate any information just as it's nice to know what's going on.

    Take care
     
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    kinder, gentler chrono?
     
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    Nice to see you guys with a styleforum presence. I do like coming in the store from time to time to check out the digs. Any kind of store update you can share? Maybe what stuff you're looking to carry in the coming months? Sales going on? Any other cool stuff Stel's related? I know Boston people and just SF people alike all appreciate any information just as it's nice to know what's going on. Take care
    I'm glad you stop in. Thanks! I'll try to keep updating everybody about events and new lines. Right now we're at 50% off. As for next season, (Spring '10)we're adding the following lines for men: Craig Robinson Our Legacy Dunderdon I'm particularly excited about Craig Robinson. It's very different and a little more tailored than what we've had in the past. Most of you are probably familiar with Our Legacy. It's a great line, real quality. It's got an understated fashion edge to it, if that makes sense.
     
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    Don't know CR, but I love repping OL and Dunderdon, though OL has quite enough hype going for it these days. Dunderdon is great construction for the price range and great people.
     
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    Here's a link to the Craig Robinson site. He'd done suits for the band Interpol, if that gives you any idea as to his look. Go to the gallery section. There are three galleries with five or six pictures each. http://www.craigrobinsonnyc.com/
     

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