I moved among the crowd – composed of what appeared to be mostly professional guys in their mid-twenties to early forties — and perused racks of sweaters. If you are looking for wool and mixed material grey, blue, maroon or green pullovers, you will probably find something you like. As a cardigan-lover, I struck out. I didn’t see any cardigans among the marked-down merchandise..
If you wear XS, XL or XXL, you’ll have a wide range of choices. If you wear tend to wear L, like me, you’ll find fewer choices. In terms of shirts, with numeric sizing, it seems there was a sweet spot for a guy with a 15- or 15-and-a-half-inch neck and arms that measure 32 or 33 inches in length. However, if you have a 16- or 16 and a half inch neck and 33 or 34-inch long sleeves, you won’t have much luck. Larger sizes seemed to be abundant.
I wasn’t particulary interest in looking at blazers, but if you are, there is a wide variety available
At the sample sale, there is a makeshift dressing room on-site. It’s made of a few horizontal metal rods supported by vertical rods with black curtains draped over them. It got crowded in the dressing room, so be prepared to wait in line.
Shoppers I spoke with –who were familiar with the Bonobos label — say the sizing can be somewhat inconsistent when it comes to ready-to-wear. If you buy a casual shirt in Medium one season, you may have to buy a casual shirt in Large the following season. That may be due to the fact that a lot of the clothing is made in China, according to the label attached to the clothing. It’s likely Bonobos uses a variety of factories, which is a way fashion brands produce a lot of clothing while cutting their production costs.
You better love what you buy because all sales are final! (Just in case you’re wondering, I didn’t buy anything this time.)
If you want to check out the Bonobos ready-to-wear line at a reduced price, head over to 260 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The sample sale wraps up Sunday, February 28th.