Luxury Fashion! (Favorite High-End Labels, Department Stores. Etc...)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by kylet3, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    All I did was return a blazer my husband's brother and wife gave me. It was too sparkly and too big. I got a nice top for Pilates, instead. They got it at Nordstroms and I like the Nordstrom's Zella brand. My daughter brought back a very nice Vince sweater that she got from my husband and I. she liked it, but wanted good sunglasses instead. And she wasn't keeping both! :lol: Her husband got 3 pair of good jeans on sale. I actually got 2 pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes last week. Bloomingdales had a sale and I had a 25% off shoe card. And the Stuart Weitzman store had a 40% off sale. http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/...STYLE=Sneakers&spp=5&ppp=96&sp=1&rid=77&spc=5
    and http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/prancing/?DepartmentId=508&DepartmentGroupId=-1&F_All=Y in black leather.

    Anyone get any great Christmas gifts?
    Got these from my husband. I picked them out, but he went and got them :) They are my Christmas, Anniversary, and Birthday present http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/...STONE_M=Onyx&spp=22&ppp=96&sp=1&rid=97&spc=42
    Got more Zella workout wear from my kids. :)
     
  2. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    15,586
    3,603
    113
    You were good to yourself!
    Those earrings are lovely.
     
  3. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    Yes, but I don't do it often and I didn't pay that much for the first pair of shoes. Sale + 25% off. And I've already worn both pair at least 3 or 4 times! COMFORTABLE! The earrings are really nice, weightless! Thank you! I usually do that for Christmas, I pick something really nice and have it be my gift for everything fro the year. I'd rather have one nice thing than a bunch of things.
     
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    15,586
    3,603
    113
    I wasn't criticizing you at all.
    I try to do the same.
     
  5. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    Boxing day coincidentally is the biggest shopping day in Canada during the year, people tend to line up outside of the big-box stores as early as 2 AM to get deals. Malls have hour long line ups plus just to get into the store! I know Alberta in particular with the weather being good, most malls and shopping areas were jammed.

    I didn't have anything to return since I knew what I was getting anyways. :lol: Those shoes and earrings are cute and if you were getting discounts on top of discounts then you really can't go wrong with that!

    I think it's safe to say that I'm Holt Renfrewed OUT after the last couple months. :lol: I will admire from afar for the next little while.
     
  6. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    Oh, I didn't think you were :). I took it as congratulations :)! We all need to treat/be good to ourselves, sometimes. It's good for the soul :)
     
  7. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    15,586
    3,603
    113
    I've only been to Holt Renfrew in Vancouver.
    I wish I were there now!
     
  8. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    Apparently the Holts in Vancouver is doing gangbusters in sales, and is now even outperforming the flagship on Bloor in Toronto overall now. :eek: I know that store isn't that old, but talking to the GM it looks like they're starting to be cramped for space and are looking for options to expand within where they are now. I've been through that store a couple of times and it really is a lovely store and the design of it is fantastic. If they can expand within the current space that they have, then the skies are the limit.

    The Calgary store is going to be opening it's fourth floor sometime next year with Holt's Cafe and the Holt's Common concept from what I've heard. I know when they opened it back in 2009 they didn't want to "overwhelm" the market and wanted to hold off. With the fourth floor finally being opened, the Calgary store will be the second largest Holts in the country behind Bloor, I was there a couple days ago and it really is a marvel to walk through. That store is kryptonite for me!

    Fortunately for me, I live in Edmonton, our space is only about 35,000 square feet (Calgary's is 146,000) and the new space (which will still only be 80,000-100,000 square feet) is still two years off it sounds like and they still haven't got a spaced picked out, though if they go with the same architect who designed the Calgary and Vancouver stores (and is designing the new location at Square One), then we really can't go wrong.

    I think Saks is treading VERY carefully after seeing how badly Target botched it's openings here. It sounds like they may be skipping Alberta altogether and carefully opening in Toronto and Vancouver.
     
  9. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    1,314
    254
    83
    How did Target botch their openings in Canada?

    That chain does incredibly well in the U.S. In Los Angeles, we have what's called City Targets -- smaller stores with limited merchandise -- and they are always still packed.

    Anyway, I didn't get anything for Christmas so I gifted myself some more Vince knits. And a great Levi's denim jacket from Nordstrom.

    But then I was doing my annual cleaning and realized I have way too many clothes. Yikes!
     
  10. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    The Vince website is running their Fall/Winter sale: http://www.vince.com/sale/sale-for-women/icat/saleforwomen
     
  11. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    22,883
    7,183
    113
    I spent half a day in Holt Renfrew in Toronto. :shuffle: I had never been in one before. That's one nice store, and somehow the expense and exclusivity is more welcoming than in Neiman Marcus in DC.

    However, since what I really needed was a good pair of snow boots, we headed down the mall (those underground tunnels are a good idea :cold:) and found some at Bay? Is that right? Nice store, more middling, good boots on sale.

    My companion did get sidetracked by the salesman selling Tom Ford perfume at Holt Renfrew and before I knew it I had a bottle of Plum Japonais. :swoon:
     
  12. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    Target vastly overestimated what they assumed was going to be Canadian Success when in fact their sales have been mediocre at best. There was also an expectation (though unrealistic) that we would be paying the same as American consumers when in fact we are paying more. The shelves are constantly understocked, customer service is virtually non-existent and the products they do carry aren't as good as the one in the US. The massive majority of people i talk to say they love Target in the States, but here it's absolutely abysmal and I agree.
     
  13. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    The Holt Renfrew in Toronto is the main flagship store. That's the biggest of all Holt Renfrew stores at about 185,000 square feet. I actually haven't been to that one, but they're looking at an expansion of that one because the Bay that you refer to (across and/or down the street) is going to be turning into a Saks Fifth Avenue, and once its done is going to be the second biggest of all Saks store including in the US, but yes, you are right, Hudson's Bay is more of a mid-market store that is trying incrementally to include more upper level market stuff, but they cant risk alienating their core shoppers either.

    I don't shop there that often anymore, but they have the odd nice line/item.
     
  14. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    Is it like Macy's? Macy's used to be much better. But, when Federated Department Stores (AKA Macy's) bought Bloomingdales, Macy's went downhill. All of the Bloomingdales got renovations and the merchandise went even more upscale. Macy's dropped all of their higher end labels.
     
  15. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    22,883
    7,183
    113
    Based on what I saw, cruisin, the merchandise at Hudson's Bay was nicer than at Macy's. I agree with you about their clothing, I can't find anything there I would wear and I'm really not that upscale in my tastes. Every now and then the Ralph Lauren boutique has something nice, and cosmetics are less there than at Bloomie's or Nordstrom for some of the same lines. Other than that, they really pirated Macy's higher-end merchandise and made it a dowdy store. :(
     
  16. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    I suppose that Macy's dumped their higher end merchandise so that they would not compete with themselves (Bloomingdales). But, I think they shot themselves in the foot. I used to go there, now I almost never do. Another part of why, is that the help there is terrible. Even in the Mall at Short Hills. Clothes are thrown all over the dressing rooms, no one bothers to put them away or clean up. You can never find a sales person, and when you do, they don't know where anything is. The sales personnel at Bloomingdales is as opposite from that as it can be. They go out of their way to be helpful but not intrusive. If you work with a certain person frequently, they help you on a whole other level (I mean hugs :)).
     
  17. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    To be honest, I'm not that entirely familiar with the products that Macy's and Bloomingdales carry. I've never once been inside either that I can remember. Either that or I was too young to remember. The only department store I was in when I went to Los Angeles was Barney's just off Rodeo Drive and that was to pick up my purple Prada shoes because the Prada boutique on Rodeo didn't have them.

    I've heard mixed things about Macy's and more positive things about Bloomingdales but for me, they just don't have what I'm looking for. My tastes have gotten a wee-bit high-end beyond those stores. :lol: I'm sure both have lovely items, but when I had a browse through, nothing really caught my eye.

    I just ordered Men's Manolo Blahnik purple suede drivers and a Gucci t-shirt from Bergdorf Goodman. They are the first men's shoe that I believe Manolo has made and are very hard to come by it seems. Only available in major markets and limited at that.

    I can't wait to see the fashion trainwrecks at the Golden Globes! We can always count on a few fashion disasters.
     
  18. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    Kylet, you really should look at some of the Bridge lines. Vince and Theory make really great things for men. Theory makes beautiful suits, if you need them. They are a European cut and tailored beautifully. Vince is more casual. But, very unique sweaters, shirts, etc. DVF doesn't do menswear, but for me, I love it. I love the fabrics, the prints, the styling. I have an off-white Burberry leather motorcycle jacket. I love it, it's gorgeous! But, I also have a dark brown Theory motorcycle jacket (with a raccoon collar) which is just as well made and the leather is actually softer. My daughter got a Burberry down coat last year. Within a week, half of the quilting stitches were breaking and pilling. Also, it said machine washable and dryable. Personally, I would have taken it to the cleaners, but she washed it. It melted in the dryer! Bloomingdales took it back. However, name doesn't always mean great quality. I have a LV handbag that after 6 months, the clasp fell apart. Yes, they stand behind their products and fixed it free of charge. But, again… You can buy some excellent products without going for the absolute highest end. FYI, J. Crew's cashmere is made in the same mill (in Italy) as Loro Piana. The Loro Piana is finished in Italy, the j. Crew elsewhere. However, the ply is the same, the feel is the same, and the excessive pilling is the same. the J. Crew is about $250, the Loro Piana is about $950. I also find that I will spend more on less trendy things and things that I will get more wear out of. I will spend more on a great pair of jeans than a funky jumpsuit that will be in style for 5 minutes.

    But, check out Vince, I think you'll like it.
     
  19. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    For me, As much as I seem like it, I don't buy things that are only in season and then not wear them again. I still have shirts from Gucci and Versace that I bought five or six years ago and of course I still wear them. That being said I am very careful about the way I wash things, I only wash things in super cold water and air dry things (we are in the middle of winter here so hanging them out on a clothes line in -20 isn't an option) so I make sure to take care the best care of things that I can. I have a Holt's cashmere sweater and I will not take any chances, that gets dry-cleaned. I have one Dolce & Gabbana suit that I wore when I had dinner at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but other than that I don't really need a suit or anything like that. Mine are mostly polos and hoodies and such. I have a few pairs of jeans. I also have lots of things from Roots, and Olympic line wear, etc. I don't always wear super high-end stuff, only sometimes when I feel like styling it up for work or what have you. The bottoms of my Prada shoes have become quite worn but I don't wear them very often and that's just the type of shoe they are with the bottoms, the shoe itself is just fine :) It's about picking and choosing for me. I don't do it very often, but when I do I pick something I know that's going to last years :)
     
  20. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    22,883
    7,183
    113
    I'm with cruisin on the bridge lines. Elie Tahari, Trina Turk and Theory all fit me better than the real high-end stuff (and even then I try to wait for the sales.) The ultra-high-fashion designers generally design for a body I don't have and the bridge lines are also more realistic. ;)
     
  21. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    15,586
    3,603
    113
    Most of my clothes are from "Bridge" lines, with a few "Higher-end" pieces mixed in.
    I have things that are still beautiful - and 30 years old!

    Like PRlady, I wait for sales.
    The pieces that appeal to me most are often not the most popular; so, there when I'm ready to buy.
     
  22. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    22,883
    7,183
    113
    I just got a beautiful Lafayette 148 burgundy taffeta-silk blouse for $100, it was originally $350. Now high-end is in the eye of the beholder, and this blouse may be K-mart relative to kylet's taste :lol: but for me, it's quite luxurious and also timeless -- I think I will be able to wear it with black velvet or silk slacks for a long time.
     
  23. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    Not at all! I pass absolutely no judgment on what anyone chooses to buy for themselves. They aren't me and I'm not them so if someone chooses to purchase something they absolutely love, then all the better for them! I say go with and choose what you like and make you happy!
     
  24. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    My new purple suede Manolo Blahnik drivers came in today and they are SO comfortable. It's glorious. They're my new favorite things right now. Alas, they were my last purchase of 2013, going forward this little boy must be satisfied with what's in his closet!
     
  25. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    1,314
    254
    83
    Funny you mention drivers, as I just tried on a pair of Bottega Venetta ones and they weighed a ton!

    Ironically, I landed in Vegas today. Didn't go to Crystals, as the shops at Bellagio are pretty much the same -- Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc.

    Prada's new color palette is grey and blue, pretty much all I wear.

    Anyway, between Crystals, The Shops at the Forum (Caesars Palace), and the Bellagio, you have every high end retailer in a half-mile radius. Plus some awesome eats like Payard Patisserie and Rao's.
     
  26. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    I've been to Vegas three or four times but not since 2009. The Crystals mall is definitely on my list of malls to get to. I used to love the Forum Shops at Caesars but a lot of their high-end stuff has moved over to Crystals. Fashion Show is good for the Department Stores that are there, but not much in the way of other stores (IE you can find anywhere else), but you are right, The Shops at Bellagio, Crystals and Forum is pretty much where it's at for me though I do like paying the odd visit to the premium outlets too! :) I was hoping to see Celine this year but now that she's in Vegas until 2019, I'm in no rush to go back any time soon.
     
  27. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

    2,359
    586
    113
    When I was in Italy a few years ago, I bought a leather bag for my mom which she hardly used, so it's found its way back into my closet. Knowing nothing about fashion, I was curious to know people's opinions on Nannini bags. Are they considered fashion in the same sense as some of the stuff that you're discussing on this thread?
     
  28. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    3,301
    233
    63
    To be honest I've never heard of them but that certainly doesn't mean they aren't fashion or fashionable. I say if it looks good and you think it's stylish and can have a practical use or you can take it out for a special occasion, why not? They seem to be rather popular when I do a search for them, so I'm sure the quality is there and that they are great. I'm not a specialist in handbags, perhaps someone else can speak to them? I'm sure it's great there. :)
     
  29. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

    2,359
    586
    113
    Thanks, Kyle! :) The purse is certainly gorgeous. I just had never heard of the designer, and didn't see it sold in many stores here.
     
  30. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    I don't believe that Naninni is in the same range as most of the labels Kylet3 is talking about. I've been in the Coin store in Firenze, it is a nice store, but more moderate in price. That said, what they sell is very good quality.