We made it to the flagship Brooks Brothers store on Madison Avenue in New York City this afternoon. I forgot to take pictures throughout the excursion so there are no grand images of the expansive first floor where legend has it that J.P. Morgan and other tycoons purchased their clothes. Sorry. My brother sent me a reminder that he wanted pictures of the 3rd floor, which is dedicated to golf apparel and golf items, so I started whipping out the iPhone from there. So you get to see floors 3, 4, and 5, or at least small parts of them.
I think of Brooks Brothers as really good, above average merchandise. No, a Brooks Brothers tie isn’t as good as a Charvet tie. But it’s better than almost anything else you can get at a good price. I still get my shirts made here.
Brooks Brothers Flagship Store Floor 3 – Golf Apparel and Golf Supplies
Brooks Brothers Flagship Store Floor 4 – Sports Coats and Blazers
Brooks Brothers Flagship Store Floor 5 – Custom Shirts & Black Fleece Label
Up another floor to the custom shirts (made to measure, more specifically) and the black fleece level.
I decided to stop shopping because I really, really wasn’t feeling well and we still had to make it to Rockefeller Center so my mom could do the Top of the Rock and NBC studio tours. I made some excuse and left, even though the sales associate kept pressing me to make an appointment.
Plus, they wanted to charge me a $30 or $50 fee to have any shirts I ordered delivered to Kansas City even though all of the shirts are made at the same Garland, North Carolina factory! I cannot stand dishonest fees. A “transfer fee” they called it. Yet, the shirts are are being drop-shipped from the factory. When are retailers going to learn that their customers aren’t stupid? It’s like airlines with baggage fees. Just include it in the price! I cannot stand the nickel and dime act. My time is more valuable than that.
Now we’re off to Rockefeller Center for the tours … more pictures to come soon.