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Washington, dc filenes basement

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kabert, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    NOTE: THIS IS AN OLD POST - from 2004 ...

    Anyone in DC, the Filenes on Connecticut Ave. has an unbelievable selection of Barney's stuff.  I just walked away with one each of perfect Lorenzini and Battestoni shirts for $49.95 each, as well as several Barney's sweaters -- two were $29 each; a spectacular buttery soft navy cashmere was $49.  Also got a John Smedley Sea Island cotton shirt and a Barney's label silk/cotton shirt for $19.95 each.  Total cost was $239 for easily $2500 retail.

    I almost got several other Battistoni sweaters and a Luciano Barbera jacket but couldn't quite justify it.  Must've been 200+ Barney's label dress shirts, all for $19.95 each..  

    No suits or blazers though, at least at the Conn. Ave store.
     


  2. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    I was in that store yesterday -- where is all that good stuff?
     


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    Could be a new shipment. They seem to get new stuff almost every week.

    Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check it out.
     


  4. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    The sale started today. Two large Barney's-only racks upstairs, plus some Barney's stuff sprinkled in with the Bergdorf Goodman sale items.
     


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    discostu004 Affiliate vendor

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    jeez, i called filene's and asked if they were running a sale and the person didn't know, then later found out they were, then found me a lorenzini shirt for $49.99, then said they didn't ship, even though i told her i was in texas. i've never been to filenes, who is working there? i'm picturing a person wearing a burger king visor
     


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    regularjoe Senior member

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    That's not too far off. Some people there are genuinely helpful if not knowledgeable, but the rest I get the feeling would rather be somewhere else.
     


  7. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Burger King isn't too far off the mark for some of the employees. The manager-types seem to be pretty on-the-ball. The low-level ones though, the ones who pricing and do stocking, etc., can be pretty horrific. I've overheard them talk ceaselessly about "when's your next break" and about how many sick days they get, etc. An employer's basic nightmare.

    But, I'm not surprised they wouldn't want to deal w/shipping. The good stuff like Lorenzini moves pretty quickly.
     


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    kabert Senior member

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    Just reviving an old thread. Has anyone been to the Mazza or CT Ave. stores lately? If so, is there anything new?

    Last time I went to the Connecticut Ave store (about a month ago), they had a bunch of the "bin ends" from their many-months-ago Borrelli haul and some other things on super markdown, but nothing of much interest. (By the way, about two weeks ago I went to the crappy National Press Filene's and happened to look at one of their racks labeled as "designer clothes." Usually this means there'll be garbage there, but this time I could see some remains from their Barney's stuff. What should I find, but a perfect linen/cotton Kiton shirt in my size for $99.)
     


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    I spoke to an employee at Conn. Ave a few months ago and he told me there would be no more Oxxford at Mazza Gallerie.  Reason was that Neiman Marcis is at the other end of the MG mall and N-M was mad that Filene's was offering OXX suits for about $880 when N-M had 'em on the floor for $2495.  One day a N-M rep showed up with cash and bought the enrtire OXX inventory.
     


  10. Ambulance Chaser

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    I went to the Conn. Ave. location on Wednesday.  No sales, and the merchandise is all the junk FB hasn't been able to sell for the past several months.  Definitely at "low tide" right now.
     


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