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The deal that wasn't

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by regularjoe, May 3, 2004.

  1. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    Out of town and ended up in the local outlet mall. Wasn't really shopping, but wanted to see what was out there.

    Found a Canali in my size at Off 5th for $600: gray Prince of Wales plaid pattern.

    The find of the day was at Burlington Coat Factory though. A Corneliani Linea Sartoria for $250. It was a very neutral brown-black tic weave that would have gone with most anything. It's a shame I was travelling light and couldn't pick it up.

    Just had to get the wistfulness out of me...
     
  2. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    "Traveling light" is no excuse.

    You should be ashamed.
     
  3. AlanC

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    The solution would be to head down to the nearby packing store, box it up and ship it to yourself. The deal is made and traveling light is maintained.
     
  4. Pink22m

    Pink22m Senior member

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    Speaking of Burlington Coat Factory, I have never actually been inside of one. What kind of brands to they carry? Do they have an in house label as well as an accountrement of others?
     
  5. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Burlington Coat Factory sells mainly crap, though occassionally they have some decent jeans (DKNY, Polo) and they do carry the typical Polo stuff like Yarmouth button downs.

    I am SHOCKED that they had a Corneliani. That is INCREDIBLE. Where, might I ask, was this Burlington Coat Factory?

    As a general matter, your shopping trip should not be centered around Burlington Coat Factory if you are looking for quality clothing. I have bought 2 things there in my life: (1) A barn jacket that I really did love [it was my first time in a cool weather place and needed a cheap coat] and some cheap sunglasses because I lost mine right before going on vacation.
     
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    They carry Polo, Guess, Nautica. Nothing noteworthy at all.

    I don't like their return policy.

    Once they have your money, you can only exchange or get a store credit (unless this has changed). No refunds. I can't shop at stores like that. I find their merchandise below average, sometimes similar to Marshall's
     
  7. VMan

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    This is one weird store, I'll tell you that much.

    They carry a large assortment of urban brands, like Sean John, Ecko, FUBU, Enyce, etc. 90% of the stuff is garbage. Lots of cheap suits, cheap shirts, and cheap belts/ties. However, this is what I've seen there:

    -100% Cashmere Gianfranco Ferre (not one of the cheaper lines) overcoats for $399 - retail was around $1800.

    -Gianfranco Ferre leather belts

    -Versace/Versace Jeans Couture leather belts

    -Versace jeans

    -Diesel Jeans

    -Diesel shirts
     
  8. AlanC

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    In my experience Burlington's overall merchandise is substantially inferior to Marshall's. Marshall's (and TJ Maxx) on occasion has some pretty decent stuff.
     
  9. regularjoe

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    Burlington doesn't have much: mostly fused stuff. The only things I would consider buying are the woven ties from no-names for about $10-20. They felt pretty thick and tied a decent half Windsor.

    The Corneliani was a diamond in the rough. Anyone looking for a 38R and lives by Arundel Mills in Maryland ought to go take a look.

    Also, I had a chance to buy the Canali at 25% off and passed on that. Sigh.
     
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    Oh Great, another store that I will have to walk through if I see one. I guess the good thing is that you should be able to pick out a corneliani from a good distance compared to the typical fare.
     
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    Yikes, I wasn't very impressed with the Marshall's back home when I wandered in.
     
  12. VMan

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    In my experience Burlington's overall merchandise is substantially inferior to Marshall's.
    Yikes, I wasn't very impressed with the Marshall's back home when I wandered in.
    Like any of those stores, it's hit or miss. This is what I've found at Marshalls: - Diesel Jeans - Seven for All Mankind jeans - PDC Jeans - Replay jeans - Joe's Jeans - AG Jeans - Earl Jeans - Ted Baker shirts/pants - Talbott shirts - Bruno Magli shoes - Bruno Magli leather jacket for $150 (retail $1500), I saw it and came back an hour later with more money and it was already gone. - Joseph Abboud shirts/pants/suits/overcoats - Ike Behar shirts/overcoats - Katherine Hamnett shirts - Cole Haan belts, retail $125 for $25 You really need to check weekly to pick up the good deals.
     
  13. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I took my 12 year old son to Burlington coat factory on 6th Ave in NYC, to buy a sport coat or suit for an minor event.(I had Mr. Ned make his Bar MItzvah suit).

    There was nothing in the Men's department in his size, so we went to the boys DEPT. For fun he tried on a Burgandy texturized polyester Go to Church outfit. He was a good sport about it. We ended up at Today's man.

    I know you can find good deals at stores like TJ Maxx, Bulington coat factory, etc, but the clothes just usually look as if they have been pawed over by too many people.

    I shop at Daffy's or Century 21 if I am looking for deals.
     
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    what would you have done with a brown suit?
     
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    Out of town and ended up in the local outlet mall. Â Wasn't really shopping, but wanted to see what was out there. Found a Canali in my size at Off 5th for $600: Â gray Prince of Wales plaid pattern. The find of the day was at Burlington Coat Factory though. Â A Corneliani Linea Sartoria for $250. Â It was a very neutral brown-black tic weave that would have gone with most anything. Â It's a shame I was travelling light and couldn't pick it up. Just had to get the wistfulness out of me...
    what would you have done with a brown suit?
    I'm going to take a wild guess here and say he would have worn it. Probably with a shirt. Most likely with shoes. Possibly also with a tie.
     
  17. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I've heard that Brown suits make excellent window treatments. But seriously, I love Brown suits. But I think that they are limited to Fall and Winter for the most part.
    Marshall's can be great. I've gotten Ike Behar shirts there for 15 bucks. They regularly carry Polo blue label for $350 as well. Sometimes they have some great ties.

    How is Century 21 by the way? What brands do they carry in suits, and what are the prices? Do they usually have normal sizes, or just big sizes?
     
  18. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    JN,

    As far as brown suits go, last season's Sak's catalog had a nice look:

    Brown Dolce & Gabbana 3-button suit, shirt made up of a white ground with light blue, medium blue, brown, and tan stripes. I can't remember if there was a tie or not. It was a sharp look.
     
  19. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    My favorite type of Brown suit = Medium brown with almost imperceptible tan and light blue windowpanes, low three button stance. Some brown cordovans would go nicely. Too bad I can't afford that look.
     
  20. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    The pattern was brown-black weave, but it seemed more tan-black to me. It had a nice conservative look to it (from my POV). I couldn't see myself wearing it for evening affairs, but it'd be a great workday staple.
     

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