The Buttoned-Down Store Clerk

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I got taken for an employee at Brooks the other day. Hasn’t happened in a while. — CC

10 Comments on "The Buttoned-Down Store Clerk"

  1. Hey CC:
    Not sure if this should be considered a compliment anymore.
    Hopefully it was.

  2. As a late-forties male who wears a lot of J.Crew, Brooks Brothers and Polo clothes and, almost always, am dressed thoughtfully in those clothes and am reasonably well groomed, I get taken for a salesperson in those stores regularly. I chuckle when someone walks up to me with an item in hand to ask a questions, in part, because I usually know the answer because I am into the clothes enough that I’ve read the backstory and am familiar with the stores sizing, selection, etc. At my age, I’m indifferent when it happens at Brooks or Polo, but feel it’s a good reflection on me when it happens at J.Crew as I am twice the age of most of the people who work the floors in those stores.

  3. These clothes have a backstory? I thought they were just made in China or Mexico.

  4. Mitchell S. | April 17, 2014 at 11:25 am |

    Take it as a compliment. Ralph Lauren used to work as a sales associate at Brooks Brothers selling ties.

  5. I’ve never been in a Polo Shop that a fellow customer didn’t ask me for assistance or Brooks Brothers. Finally in the KC Polo Shop, I spent 90 minutes selling a guy three suits a sport coat and all the accessories. The salesmen thought I was with the customer, the customer thought I was a salesman, it was a hoot.

  6. Happens to me all the time, on occasion I’ll volunteer my services to help ladies shopping for their husbands’ clothing (!?) to avert dress disaster.

  7. Ah, yes, I remember it well.

  8. James Redhouse | April 18, 2014 at 6:40 am |

    For those youngsters who didn’t catch Squeeze’s allusion:

  9. I got mistaken for a Polo employee in a store recently. I was wearing a fedora, jacket, & tie at the time.

  10. A.E.W. Mason | April 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm |

    @James Redhouse

    Yes, to be followed by “I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore.”

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