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What is with the new Harry Magazine...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Zegnamtl, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Zegnamtl

    Zegnamtl Senior member

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    Have any of my fellow Canuks received the new Harry Magazine yet?

    What is going on with these guys, there is not a single great combo in the entire issue. It looks like crap.
     


  2. Omega Man

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    What is going on with these guys, there is not a single great combo in the entire issue. It looks like crap.

    +1. The layout and pictorials seems to be out of place. A lot of summer clothes, yacht wear and sport jackets. However, I do like one of the pages on the blue shirts with lime green and purple tie. Younger target market perhaps?
     


  3. Zegnamtl

    Zegnamtl Senior member

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    +1........ However, I do like one of the pages on the blue shirts with lime green and purple tie. Younger target market perhaps?

    Yes, there are some pieces, but no great overall looks, most look like are hitting the "out clubbing" market. The Coppley page....WTF! Agreed, very much targeting the younger crowd, the Canali page (which use to be the high light in over image quality) is weekend casual, the high light must be the mobile fone page (which encourages cell maniacs to leave their fone in the trunk while at restaurants).

    Overall, a real disappointment.
     


  4. Albern

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    Hey Guys,

    I completely agree with you both. I got my issue on Monday and nothing really inspired me. It's always the same formula; Armani inside back cover, splash of Canali and Zegna, and Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss everywhere. The B&S forum is much more exciting than this. I haven't had a chance to read any of the editorial yet but if photos are indicative of the overall quality of this issue this will be the first time I'll be really disappointed by the Harry issue.

    Oddly enough I was at the Bloor Street store on the weekend (first time since the major renovation) and absolutely nothing stood out for me. The Tom Ford section was interesting but $3,000 for shoes?!?
     


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    The forum has ruined Harry for me.
     


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    For what I paid for it, I thought it excellent.
     


  7. Albern

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    The forum has ruined Harry for me.

    haha.... Exactly the same thing for me now as well. I obviously still have much to learn on here but shockingly I probably know more than most of the sales staff at any given store. When I was there on Saturday I asked if they had any 7 fold ties and they couldn't even deliver.

    For what I paid for it, I thought it excellent.

    True, I guess for a free magazine like that you can't really complain but I still wouldn't call this issue excellent.
     


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    Why not email Larry Rosen himself.

    Tell him the mag sucks
    Tell him what he should be doing with the mag 'real estate'

    I totally agree.
    They are just in their own Harry-Larry world

    They waste farr too much space perpage on far too little.

    That is for the manufacturers to do...the full page of the blonde boy wearing clothes
    that no one his age can afford, and have nowhere to go in them anyway.

    imho,
    what they SHOULD do,
    is break the mag into sections

    Suits
    Shirts & Ties
    Shoes
    Shoes
    and a seasonal spread.

    How hard can that be?!
    Smaller pictures
    Prices beside everything
    and more product featured.

    Any primary school kid could do better.

    For me, whenever I see a Harry magazine,
    I am never sure what they are 'saying'.
    The only message coming through is 'aren't the pictures nice'

    Who can forget the last issue.
    Are they selling clothes, or promoting trips to Ireland?

    With the money it would take to actually GO to Ireland,
    one could buy a lot of new Clothes.

    I say Blame Larry.

    Someone has been giving him bad advice,
    or they refuse to listen to good advice.

    I don't think father Harry, who built his empire from the ground up,
    would teach his son to tear it all apart.

    Hey,
    next time you are in a Harry store,
    ask them who makes the Canali shoes.
    (we know it's Campinile (pronounced 'Campi-nelly')
    but apparently their staff does not know this.

    Heck...ask them who makes the Harry Rosen house brand for shoes,
    and watch how they have perfected the blank look & blinking eyes.

    Oh I gotta stop!!!

    Last year I asked to see the Burberry raincoats,
    and when looking at them,
    I remarked how using synthetic 'fabrics' has made them look like shower curtains.
    The salesman laughed and even agreed with me. [​IMG]

    Even that it is true, he should have at least made some effort to try to point out some viurtue it possesed.

    in closing....
    They do have GREAT product,
    but sadly most of the staff are not even qualified to sell any of it.
     


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    in closing....
    They do have GREAT product,
    but sadly most of the staff are not even qualified to sell any of it.


    I agree with most of your points but when you look at their target market, their staff are qualified enough to deal with those customers.

    Educated customers are probably 1% of the ppl who walk through the store.
     


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    Educated customers are probably 1% of the ppl who walk through the store.
    haha... Very true; I use to be part of that 99% until I discovered SF. My contribution to the pre-SF mistakes if you will.
     


  11. Albern

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    They waste farr too much space perpage on far too little.

    Hey Nexus6,

    I'm just going through the issue for the second time and what you had mentioned is quite intriguing. With respect to "real estate" space I was quite surprised that all of the paid ads were either full page or centre spread. I haven't had a chance to look through previous editions of Harry to see if they've ever placed smaller advertorial / modular sizes all on the same page but my guess is that the reason for the layout is probably a lack of interest to be published in the magazine. Since economic factors are tough right now, I wouldn't be surprised if there are fewer brands / manufactures willing to spend money to be in Harry and therefore we get these huge ads to fill in this issue.

    Even the editorial / product placement shots are stretched to plug up any holes.
     


  12. Albern

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    By the way if anyone is interested there is also an online version of the magazine http://www.harrymagazine.ca/en/home. It doesn't have the same look, feel, and overall layout per se but for those of you who didn't get a chance to go through it it is available.
     


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    I think that it is a valid point: Harry Rosen caters to men who feel the need to buy style, instead of cultivating it. I always admire their store windows, but rarely shop there any more. I look for the elements that I like, get some ideas, then look for the stuff on-line or through local MTM.

    Sorry Harry!
     


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    The Rosen and Holts catalogues from last season were excellent. A PS in every breast pocket and a wide variety of great looks.

    I got the Holt's magazine a few weeks ago and I was disappointed, many shots are missing PS and a lot of "shirt and tie" looks that seemed out of place in a high fashion magazine.

    I got the Harry magazine last week and it took me 15 pages to get past all the ads. What is with the outfit on the cover? It's awful.

    Rosen is just so commercial, I hate going in there anymore these days. To many guys in their early 30s wearing BOSS suits with too much pant break sans PS trying to sell me 7 Jeans. However, there are some very well dressed older gents working on the higher floors selling Brioni, Kiton, TF, etc.
     


  15. Albern

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    I just received my copy of the Fall-Winter issue. Much like Spring-Summer I wasn't really impressed; thanks a lot Styleforum!!

    Did anyone else get their copy yet?
     


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