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What would be your ideal RTW shop?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have very little desire to shop--mostly because there's no one store I really like for all non-bespoke things. I find that I have to scour about a long time before I find a pair of cufflinks or a pocket square that I really like. I don't think my taste is all that incohesive, so I wonder why I can't find more of what I want in one place. Rubinacci is a lot of fun for me, but it's in Naples, and their RTW selection and accessories are not that expansive. So, I'm really talking about chiefly RTW stores, something more like J. Press. What would your ideal be?
     
  2. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    For my style taste and, assuming I had the budget, I could do very well at Paul Stuart for most of my needs
     
  3. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    I consider RTW a four letter word
     
  4. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I don't understand the question.

    Are you asking:

    1. What is the best RTW shop available now?

    or

    2. If you could design one, what would that be like?
     
  5. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Would BG be considered a "shop"? Can't see why you can't find at least most of what you want there that is not MTM or bespoke.

    But I suppose it's not "ideal" because it is so damn expensive.
     
  6. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I consider RTW a four letter word

    I think you and foo should start a bespoke consultancy business. You can concentrate on the top half of the client (shirts/jackets/ties) and foo on the bottom half (pants/shoes/socks). Would generate a lot of buzz.
     
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    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    One duped foobuff client would be a tragedy. Two or three a footnote.

    Will you have sales, or will you be like the evil Herzfield? Smiling? Yes or no? Big decisions.
     
  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For my style taste and, assuming I had the budget, I could do very well at Paul Stuart for most of my needs

    I like many of the things there, but they are rarely my favorite, and I hate the overall 'look'. I know that's just me, but there it is.

    I consider RTW a four letter word

    Are your cufflinks and pocket squares all bespoke and MTM, or do you settle for *cringe* MTO?

    I don't understand the question.

    Are you asking:

    1. What is the best RTW shop available now?

    or

    2. If you could design one, what would that be like?


    It can be an existing store or an imaginary one--whatever would be ideal to you.

    Would BG be considered a "shop"? Can't see why you can't find at least most of what you want there that is not MTM or bespoke.

    But I suppose it's not "ideal" because it is so damn expensive.


    I don't consider BG ideal because very little of what they carry is unique and can be found elsewhere. They carry too many big international brand names.
     
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    BEAMS or (are department stores allowed?) Isetan Men's.
     
  10. whnay.

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    Old England was pretty damn good the last time I visited.
     
  11. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Old England was pretty damn good the last time I visited.

    Is that the store in Paris that stocks Edward Green?
     
  12. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Jay Kos is known for his belts.


    - B
     
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    I want Paul Staurt clothing at BB pricing and availability (network of stores).
     
  14. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is that the store in Paris that stocks Edward Green?

    Yes among others including Alden and John Lobb. Brigg umbrellas, Locke hats, above average house line, Kiton, so on and so on...I'll post pics of the window displays tonight.
     
  15. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    I don't consider BG ideal because very little of what they carry is unique and can be found elsewhere. They carry too many big international brand names.

    Sort of, and I suppose it depends where you are. Except for Saks in NY, I don't know what other stores would rival the expanse of offerings at BG. And except for items that may be duplicative of those at the actual brand store (i.e. Kiton, Isaia, BC), you'll find a significant number of things at BG that aren't found elsewhere - even at Saks NY or other Neiman stores. If uniqueness is at the top of your list, then I can't think of any RTW "shop" that would fit the bill while having a sufficiently expansive offering.

    Just saw the reference to Old England in Paris. Definitely a great place.
     
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    Jay Kos is known for his belts.


    - B


    And his $6K sportcoats and $1K leather pants.
     
  17. cipofan

    cipofan Well-Known Member

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    I've always considered the "scouring around" to be part of the fun of style. Finding something that's unique and not everyone has is really the fun part of finding accessories IMHO. Of course being in proximity to NYC is always a good thing.
     
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    It would be a lot like the B&S Forums. Lots of surprising deals, you'd have to spend days there bargain hunting to find the right size, the place would be full of strange and bizarre characters, with fights breaking out every once in a while, cat-pee-soaked accessories, and the occasional studded panther shirt. Returns would be a bitch, merchants would grouse about the customers, and goods would be packed in grocery bags and cheap secondhand cardboard boxes.
     
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    Mine would be Sid Mashburn in Atlanta. I could very easily outfit myself completely - from boardroom to beach house at that wonderful establishment. As it is I get there on business two or three times a year.
     

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