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Monday, January 7, 2013

A Pleasant Surprise: Turnbull & Asser's New York City Store

One of the most pleasant surprises from my recent New York trip was discovering Turnbull & Asser's New York City store whilst en route to Nike town which was a let down. 

Eleven years ago when I lived for a short time in Soho I pretty much stayed downtown since I had no money and no friends that lived above 14th street. It was only in my final days when I was no longer working that I explored the parts of New York I hadn't got to. It was therefore quite refreshing this time round to spend my days walking the streets of midtown and uptown New York. I don't know where uptown exactly starts but I am certain that 57th must be close to it and this is where I found Turbull & Asser. Approaching the store was a lovely moment, it struck out from the streetscape as one of the more attractive and regal businesses on the strip even before I caught the name. I had been always wondering where James Andrew of 'What Is James Wearing' got all this T & A shirts from and now it became apparent. Nobody, not even my Know-It-All friend Oppenheimer knew that they had a New York store since the brand is so heavily associated with London for us Australians.

Inside Turnbull & Asser was some of the best shopping to be had in New York. If I had not spent most of my money by then they would certainly have got more of my budget. In particular I was very much enamoured with the range of velvet smoking jacket tuxedos (approximately $2600.00 USD), the authentic and very well made traditional smoking jackets (approximately $2500 USD) and then of course the superb selection of silk dressing robes. Apart from those things which Turnbull & Asser are famous for, I also note that they had an amazing selection of socks in all sorts of colours and some very well made umbrellas. The prices were a little steep on some of the items, but needless to say that the quality of production was evident the the moment you picked something up in your hand.

For me, any gentleman looking for a unique shopping experience in Manhattan, far from the madding crowds, try some peace and quiet at Turnbull and Asser and explore the many floors. 

Turnbull & Asser Manhattan
50 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022, United States
Phone: +1 212-752-5700

On their wall of famous customers - the smooth Miles Davis

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