You post raises some questions I have had for some time. One, what is the avg. price for a PS suit. Was the 1K suit your purchased for your stepson a sameulshon.
the second related question is the the styling and age clientele. Can we assume your stepson was under 40? Does that mean that PS carries some things that may be attractive to the non palm beach retiree crowd?
What is the styling of the suit. Is it a conservative, soft shoulder etc. Thanks
The average price is probably $1,200. The stepson's suit was a "basic" suit priced a tad below $1,000. It wasn't a fancy, fancy cloth. It was made by Sameulshon. Full canvas, etc.
I would say that the average age of the clientele is high 40's to 50's.
It's a traditional store through and through. The salesman all wear coats and ties. (In fact, there is a store rule that the coat must be buttoned.)
I would say that its clothes can be attractive to the younger crowd in that its tailored clothes have more shape and flair. They have a suit aimed toward the "young and fit" customer called the Westgate which is very slim. We didn't try it since we were looking at the base price suits, and the Westgate has more expensive cloths. They offer trousers without belt loops.
The suits are conservative, yet stylish. The button stance is higher. The coat has shape. The pants had Daks tops (no belt loops) with an extension waistband although they are adding belt loops to the stepson's suit. (Not my idea.) There are many sizes available. It is a modified soft shoulder.
Mayor Bloomberg is a customer, and he typiifies the look. I'm not suggesting that he is our next Beau Brummell or JFK, but he looks trim and fit in his business suits.
As compared to PS, Brooks Brothers's offerings a very drab and shapeless. The Brooks mentality is to cover the body without much fuss and to be proper. I would think that a younger, fit man would want a suit with some shape. I am referring to Brooks Bros. 4th floor. We didn't venture to the 6th since the base price was $1,500 which was beyond our budget.
I hate to be prejorative on the fora, but in all truthfulness, the Brooks stuff was pretty drab and lifeless and not well made. (PS has full canvas front and horn buttons.) The PS offerings were much better. When my stepson tried on a PS, I didn't have the heart to go back to Brooks.
One last point about sizes. I think that PS is the last of the Mohicians regarding carrying a wide range of sizes. Brooks used to carry semi-longs. It no longer does. PS had a 37 which worked, and I think that they carry lower sizes. Brooks's lowest size was 38.