Banana Republic - mmm good.
I think this location has been designed very well. With the men clothing upstairs they have their own dressing rooms and a large variety of tops and bottoms. They are pretty good at keeping you up to date with the latest seasonal styles. And their sale racks are great buys. The ladies clothing are downstairs and the space seems to be larger with different sections. They carry a limited amount of shoe selections but they are often placed on sale quickly. There is a dressing room downstairs as well, which makes it very convenient.
Registers are on both floors and for the most part they are opened at all times on both floors. It's also cool that they have two entrances. I like going out the one that is located on the side, because sometimes this store can get packed and there is always that less congested outlet if you please. They have an elevator at this location, which provides accessibility to wheelchairs. There are restrooms, but occasionally no hand towels. I have always liked Banana Republic especially for their white tops. White tops are so necessary and they have great casual tops that are made well.
In NYC, I can walk in and actually get offers of help. The staff must think I must be some moderately successful businessman, that can actually afford their stuff. (I'm not, and I can... barely). I can see how this location gets crowded and touristy. But I was there on an early Saturday morning, and enjoyed the experience. The 30% F&F discount didn't hurt either.
The epitome of office casual wear offers basics with a long shelf-life..
The company started out as a small vendor of safari-inspired clothing but was purchased by the Gap in 1983. Since then, it has grown into a behemoth that exceeds the Gap in quality and price--but not in creativity. The store provides versatile staples such as khakis, button-down shirts, T-shirts and jackets. Lengths and fabrics change slightly according to the season. Some stores have expanded into bedding, fragrance, bath and beauty and home furnishing lines.
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