• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 8: Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 8th auction is for a Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

WTF Nordstrom

binge

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 5, 2008
Messages
5,210
Reaction score
148
I received a Nordstrom catalog/look-book in the mail the other day. Not surprisingly, it was 80% women's clothes, 10% kids' and 10% men's. The few men's clothing pages were particularly atrocious. I've definitely had the sense that their styling is going down-market, trying pull up-shoppers from Macys, but this is ridiculous. Also, one of the pages in the kids' section cemented my opinion that the small-brimmed hat (trilby, etc.) fad has peaked. I mean, when it's something mass-marketed to 10 year-olds, it's no longer "hip" in any way. The horror...
 

hossoso

Coward and P*ssy
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
173
Yeah, looks like shit. I usually think their mail-outs look bad. They often have good stuff at the flagship downtown though. Cheap enough, at least.
 

stickonatree

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 8, 2006
Messages
3,068
Reaction score
2
^i think store #4 has way better stuff than the flagship...and bigger too.
 

hossoso

Coward and P*ssy
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
173
Originally Posted by stickonatree
^i think store #4 has way better stuff than the flagship...and bigger too.

Oh, you'd know way better than I do. Didn't you say you worked there at some point? I don't make it down to many of the Nordstrom stores outside of downtown but I would believe Bellevue beats it. I normally only shop there if I am buying stuff for my parents, I think they carry Spode.
 

unicornwarrior

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 12, 2008
Messages
459
Reaction score
0
Kurtz would have said it best "The horror...the horror"

honestly though, I recieved a neiman marcus catalog the other day (it was all men's stuff for some reason), it wasn't any better.

Most catalogs for any department store tend to be extremely subpar, but yes I would say they are trying to appeal to the Macy's crowd.

Honestly despite having prices that are just as high on some items as other department stores (i.e neiman marcus) I would place it a tier under Neiman's, Saks, etc. Their contemporary men's section is usually atrocious (mostly ed hardy, etc)
 

Cary Grant

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 8, 2008
Messages
9,674
Reaction score
411
Funny- I'm sure it varies by store but I -always- thought the catalog stuff looked like that but I never saw any of it in the store... 'cept maybe some things at the Rail.
 

gnatty8

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2006
Messages
9,929
Reaction score
2,010
I always suspected Nordstrom stocked based on shopping patterns or zip codes. For example, the shoe department of the Perimeter Nordstrom in Atlanta carries lower level Santoni and mainly Ferragamo Studio at best. Go to Phipps Plaza though, and they carry Canali shoes. Sounds like they are making a move downscale en masse.
 

Douglas

Stupid ass member
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
14,658
Reaction score
2,297
Originally Posted by Zenny
I kinda like that


I like the jacket. The shirt looks like it has the sort of boring Nordstrom house brand collar but it's not abysmal. The Talbott tie is what's killing it for me. I used to be a big RT tie guy but then I grew up a little. It's not a bad tie as Talbotts go but just seeing it and knowing it's a Talbott makes me edge towards the door a bit uncomfortably.
 

Spatlese

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
2,287
Reaction score
14
Originally Posted by gnatty8
I always suspected Nordstrom stocked based on shopping patterns or zip codes. For example, the shoe department of the Perimeter Nordstrom in Atlanta carries lower level Santoni and mainly Ferragamo Studio at best. Go to Phipps Plaza though, and they carry Canali shoes. Sounds like they are making a move downscale en masse.

Another example may be the stray Sartorio stuff that apparently made it into a few stores.
 

bluemagic

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 3, 2008
Messages
3,000
Reaction score
0
So Barney's is the only somewhat SF-approved department store?
 

gnatty8

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2006
Messages
9,929
Reaction score
2,010
Originally Posted by bluemagic
So Barney's is the only somewhat SF-approved department store?

I think you will find many also frequent Neiman Marcus, Saks, and probably Bergdorf Goodman as well.
 

james_gsx

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2008
Messages
45
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by gnatty8
I always suspected Nordstrom stocked based on shopping patterns or zip codes. For example, the shoe department of the Perimeter Nordstrom in Atlanta carries lower level Santoni and mainly Ferragamo Studio at best. Go to Phipps Plaza though, and they carry Canali shoes. Sounds like they are making a move downscale en masse.

The store managers talk to the buyers on a weekly basis, and the buyers have some pretty nice software to see what works and what doesn't. So each store carries completely different products based on the majority of customers that shop at that store.

But I will say for the most part, their mens selection is pretty bad. On the other hand, for most guys the selection is just fine as they don't view clothing the same way most people here do.
 

JR88

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2006
Messages
217
Reaction score
0
. . . and plenty who can bear Nordstrom, too. Keep in mind however that with all of these chains, the selection varies immensely depending on what city you're in. Different clientele, different tastes.
 

Douglas

Stupid ass member
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
14,658
Reaction score
2,297
Originally Posted by james_gsx
The store managers talk to the buyers on a weekly basis, and the buyers have some pretty nice software to see what works and what doesn't. So each store carries completely different products based on the majority of customers that shop at that store.

But I will say for the most part, their mens selection is pretty bad. On the other hand, for most guys the selection is just fine as they don't view clothing the same way most people here do.


+1 to all of this. It sounds like you're an insider, but I have noticed that Nordstroms stores vary dramatically from store to store, location to location. (As others have already posted.) I guess we at SF sort of scoff at this, but Nordstrom is a pretty finely tuned retailing machine and they know how to put stuff on shelves that's going to sell.

And for the vast majority of lawyers and doctors and businessmen who have a fair amount of money and want to stop in and find a blue blazer with more quality than they perceive can be found at Macy's, they reliably pop in to the local Nordy's.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 31 3.7%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 143 17.2%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 276 33.1%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 130 15.6%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.5%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.9%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.6%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 53 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,199
Messages
9,229,896
Members
193,751
Latest member
mvagrippa
Top