Now you might think that this is a little out of the ordinary, us doing a store profile on a mall shop. This is true, but what matters most is that we profile the best and most important stores around and this particular Neiman Marcus happens to be one of the former. While most department stores are peddling conservative clothes just so that middle-aged brand-driven men will fill their pockets, this particular Neiman Marcus goes for what looks good–not what sells best. Who would have guessed such a great spot would be found in a mega-mall?
If you enter from inside the mall, the men’s shop will take up the left half of the lower level. Here you will find many of the world’s most elite labels–Brioni, Loro Piana, Zegna, Stefano Ricci, and Armani. However, you need need to think outside of the box to appreciate why we love this store. Sure, all of the labels listed above make great stuff, but we’re interested in something that will separate us from the corporate pack, not help us blend in. Their selection of Tom Ford, Gucci, Brunello Cucinelli, Ralph Lauren Black Label, and Etro is the best group of menswear we’ve seen in a department store outside of New York.
We spent plenty of time trying on gorgeous peak lapel suits by Tom Ford and Gucci, which are conveniently right across from each other. We moved on to check out the awesome fabrics of Ralph Lauren Black Label and Brunello Cucinelli after that. From there we made sure not to skip the shoes, which just may be the highlight of the entire store. We were totally impressed by their large selection of Barker Black, and of course loved checking out some awesome John Lobbs. What really put us over the edge was their collection of Tom Ford shoes, which was surprisingly solid and featured the awesome velvet slippers pictured below.
Now, our excitement may make you think that everything was top notch, but this isn’t quite Bergdorf Goodman. Sometimes they get a bit guido with designers like DSquared2 and Robert Graham, but the good thing about a department store is that they’re so big that they can afford to have crap make up 25% of the selection. So, if you’re in the Philly area, don’t bother to venture into the city to go to Boyd’s. Head out to King of Prussia and check out Neiman Marcus and you won’t be dissapointed–so long as you’ve got a fat wallet. As a side note, don’t be afraid to talk to the sales people. They’re very nice and are willing to help you out.
Stores Like It: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Ave., Barneys
What to Get Here: Tom Ford, Highest Quality Tailored Goods, and Dress Shoes
What Not to Get Here: Jeans, Casual Shoes, and Anything Cheap
Price Range: You’re Gonna Pay for the Quality…Pay a Lot
Overall Rating: Excellent Clothes, Very High Prices, Good Service. 8/10