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Jul 8, 2020

Im sorry I had to throw monkey shit... Im just so god damn angry.

my first suit was brooks brothers, my first tailor met me at brooks brothers, my first nice dress shoes were from brooks brothers, my first kiss was at brooks brother, I pretty much got married at brooks brothers. RIP in PEACE BB- Im sure one day you will return

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 8, 2020

ok that was shitpost

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 11, 2020

it's ch 11 bro

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 8, 2020

sad

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Jul 8, 2020

They filed a Chapter 11. Brooks Brothers isn't disappearing. They'll get bought out by someone and be restructured.

Financial Data Science

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Jul 8, 2020

It's kind of funny how many people don't realize this.

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Jul 8, 2020

On "Wall Street Oasis" of all places

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Jul 8, 2020

Yeah lol. Especially with a brand like Brooks Brothers, even if its assets are sold to different companies, the brand most likely won't disappear. Too valuable of a brand name.

Whoever ends up picking up BB, I just hope they don't ruin it like the PE fund that bought J crew a while back.

Financial Data Science

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Jul 8, 2020

True. I'm guilty of hyperbole for dramatic effect.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jul 11, 2020

which is why you get 2x MS.

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Jul 8, 2020

When I got a Summer Associate offer I went down to the Brooks Brothers in Beverly Hills. I walked in ready to buy a suit and several shirts, pants, belts, socks, etc. The service was ATROCIOUS. If you're going to have a brick and mortar store with a focus on old-school, timeless fashion, have good service. Specifically, I mean service that is prompt, knowledgeable, friendly, and customer-centric (recommending what the customer actually needs and educating them).

I was so disappointed that I was treated as "less than" as if they were waiting for some more well-off customer to walk through the doors. If I know my measurements, might as well just order online.

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Jul 8, 2020
Synergy_or_Syzygy:

When I got a Summer Associate offer I went down to the Brooks Brothers in Beverly Hills. I walked in ready to buy a suit and several shirts, pants, belts, socks, etc. The service was ATROCIOUS.

Same story in a different store. I walked in looking to buy multiple suits as I was moving from a business casual company to a more formal shop. I have an athletic build, so anything off the rack can be difficult, but I know how to buy and get it tailored. Nothing I tried on even remotely fit. No worries though - not everything does.

All along, the lady helping me made it seem like I somehow made moral errors along the way that would lead me to the suit not fitting. She, in all seriousness, even suggested that I stop working out, as if I was the problem, not the suits.

I had intended on buying 2-3 suits and various accessories. Multiple thousands of dollars, I would imagine. I walked out without spending a cent. Good riddance.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - CB
Jul 8, 2020

I got discriminated against in their FiDi location. Tailor didn't want to service me. Good riddance indeed

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Jul 8, 2020

I'm surprised. I never had a bad experience at Brooks Brothers.

Maybe you were just unlucky?

Weirdly, it's always the really old guys with grey hair that knows their stuff (In my experience that is).

Anyways, if I were Brooks Brothers, I'd make sure everyone is properly trained. Reputation is everything to a brand like BB.

Financial Data Science

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Jul 8, 2020

Nah, like an idiot I went back the next year before FT. Same story but this time with outsourced tailoring, done incorrectly multiple times and late, trying to sell me differently sized pants and promising to make it up in the tailoring? (like selling size 32 as well as size 34 pants that would be tailored to be the same) because that's all they had.

Having to chase down an Associate, them seeming like they'd rather be doing anything else, etc. I know working retail sucks but I've definitely had far better experiences in places like the Apple Store where they don't even get commission. I've also had fantastic customer experiences at Allen Edmonds stores.

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Jul 10, 2020

I imagine that's because the old guy has been around a while and actually knows a thing or two about being properly dressed. The young sales associates don't look remotely like anything their core customer is supposed to look like, and most sartorially-inclined customers could run circles around them when it comes to clothing (some are so clueless it's funny). As far as I can tell, they've been dying for thirty years, neglecting loyal customers while attempting (and failing) to innovate by going after a much more saturated market.

  • Associate 1 in IB - Ind
Jul 9, 2020

I think it's a ripe turnaround story because the brand name is strong. trim the fat and re-emerge

Jul 10, 2020

Yep - and I would bet a huge part of that is shelling/downsizing most retail locations

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 10, 2020

I have a special place in my heart for BB- I lived in their clothes for 4 years in boarding school - but I really have to concur with everyone here that, as a retail business focused on high end service, they degraded the product. Every time I've gone in it's been garbage service - seems like they chose the retired car-dealership owners of Tucson over working-age professionals in New York.

I hope whatever distressed fund buys them turns it around.

Jul 11, 2020
Associate 1 in IB-M&A:

I have a special place in my heart for BB- I lived in their clothes for 4 years in boarding school - but I really have to concur with everyone here that, as a retail business focused on high end service, they degraded the product. Every time I've gone in it's been garbage service - seems like they chose the retired car-dealership owners of Tucson over working-age professionals in New York.

I hope whatever distressed fund buys them turns it around.

I will say, I've always preferred J. Crew over BB, regardless of price. Design, quality and durability always seemed better.

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Jul 10, 2020
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Jul 11, 2020