Oh, sometimes envy those with access to great snoop shopping! But then I take a walk in the woods by our little river and I'm OK again:)
Seems like a situation where a cell-phone camera would be useful... Thanks for the description, though!
I'd love to take photos, but I don't like to be too blatant. (Some people have no such qualms.) Sometimes I enjoy the fantasy that they'll mistake me for being a corporate spy (Except a real one would just buy the garment and rub off a pattern, which I hear happens all the time.).
I feel bad enough that I'm looking with no intention of buying. I couldn't have taken it into a dressing room as it obviously wouldn't have fit me. The manager answered all our questions, though. I was accompanied by two menswear design students* and he heard us discussing the details. The sales people, I find, are often very appreciative of people who actually understand the construction details and are often happy to talk if the store isn't busy. The manager said his branch was closing at the end of the summer, so despite their very nice clothes I assume business isn't great, or maybe the landlord hiked the rent to a ridiculous amount, which is a common practice in New York City right now.
*Sometimes they get assignments to "spec" garments: They go to a variety of stores and study what's popular in terms of colors and silhouettes and construction. They measure the clothes to determine the current popular lapel width, etc. That I assume they do in a dressing room. At other times, they'll look at what's being offered at various price points.
Edited by tailleuse, 08 June 2015 - 02:09 AM.