One Stop Shopping
G. Bruce Boyer
From the Print Edition:
Wayne Gretzky, Mar/Apr 97
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Nordstrom is the only department store in the United States that carries Faconnable, the French designer label famous throughout Europe for urbane tailoring and colorful sportswear. A complete range of Faconnable styles are available for men, from worsted suits and cashmere jackets to outerwear and toiletries. The brightly patterned dress shirts and neckwear are of particular interest. Additional shirts and ties from the John W. Nordstrom furnishings line, Ferrell Reed and Robert Talbott make this a strong category.
Nordstrom offers a munificent selection of sportswear: collections from Nautica, Mondo di Marco, Pronto-Uomo, Robert Comstock leathers, Callaway Golf Apparel and Footwear (exclusive to Nordstrom) and private-label Evergreen sportswear predominate. Also of note is the extensive shoe department, with more than 20 name brands, including town shoes by Allen-Edmonds, Cole-Haan, Ferragamo, Kenneth Cole and Cable & Co.; casuals from Hush Puppy, Industrial, Dr. Martens, Rockport and Sebago; and sports shoes by Ecco, New Balance, Mephisto and Nike. Nordstrom shoe departments offer shoe shine booths as well.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022
A name that has been synonymous with the carriage trade since it moved to Fifth Avenue in 1924, Saks has increased its emphasis--and floor space--on menswear over the past several years. With a vibrant mix of nouveau design and high-quality traditional gear, Saks remains at the forefront of fashion, as well as the top echelon of quality.
Sixty-five percent of the menswear here is tailored clothing and furnishings; suits are priced from $650 to $3,000, with Armani, Donna Karan, Zegna, Valentino, Hugo Boss, Chester Barry, Hickey Freeman, Ralph Lauren's "Purple Label," Calvin Klein and Oxxford the key labels. Ralph Lauren, Prada, Lanvin, Ike Behar, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Saks' private label make up the list of furnishings, with feature space given to Charvet and Hilditch & Key for their decidedly upscale haberdashery. There is an exclusive tailored clothing collection, with shirts and ties by award-winning designer Alan Flusser (who has a most handsome custom shop in the flagship New York store).
Inventive and tasteful sportswear includes lines by Barry Bricken, Gucci, Abboud, John Bartlett, Armani, DKNY, Versace, Polo, Wilke-Rodriguez, Ferragamo, Mondo di Marco and Jhane Barnes. Saks can also be counted on for a superb selection of better men's shoes: J. Weston, Paraboot, J.P. Tod's and Cole-Haan among them.
The Fifth Avenue Club, Saks' comprehensive shopping service, is available in its New York, Beverly Hills and San Francisco stores.
A frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado, G. Bruce Boyer is the author of Eminently Suitable (W.W. Norton, 1990).
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