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Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:54 pm

Wanted to share the details of my recent experience...

I visited Minnesota last weekend to see my family. My brother needed to pick something up at a local mall so I went with, and as I needed a new pair of dress shoes, I visited one of the mall's department store anchors by the name of Von Maur (privately-held Nordstrom-type chain headquartered in Davenport, Iowa with stores across the Midwest). Imagine my shock when I passed a rack of dark-red colored t-shirts sporting a faux-aged vintage (double-globe) TWA logo!! AND... they were marked down to $8 from the upper 20's (can't recall original price)!! OF COURSE, after I got over my initial shock... and thinking things such as... "I wonder if AA is licensing the TW logo out now as an additional revenue stream?" and "How cool is it that TWA has become a hip retro fashion item!"... I just HAD to have one. Unfortunately, they only had small and large left, neither of which fit me perfectly. The extremely helpful (and cute) associate, who proactively asked me if I needed any help, offered to call other stores, found a medium, and had it charge-shipped to my home. It arrived yesterday in a dress shirt box, neatly-wrapped in tissue paper with a gold seal, with a handwritten thank you note on the receipt!!! Von Maur doesn't charge for shipping, and I didn't have to pay tax! I know my mom has shopped them for years in Illinois and loves them (I have received numerous b-day & Christmas gifts purchased from them), but as I hate shopping, I've never paid much attention. However, in an age where Federated/Macy's has become the Wal-Mart of the traditional department store market across this country due to its recent purchase of May Company, this experience really made an impression as a surprising last remnant of what the traditional department store experience was all about, and is a fantastic example of incredible customer service.

Bottom line: unexpectedly found an inexpensive, totally awesome TW clothing item (of all things) at a fantastic department store that understands what top-notch customer service is about and is able to deliver it!

I'm wearing the shirt out tonight... hopefully won't spill beer on it.

Later...
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:18 am

Please post a photo of it just in case you do spill something all over it.
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 1:53 am

Quoting Nordair (Reply 1):
Please post a photo of it just in case you do spill something all over it

Good idea Big grin
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 4:29 am

However, in an age where Federated/Macy's has become the Wal-Mart of the traditional department store market across this country..."


Sign of the times....   Sad







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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:05 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 3):
Sign of the times....

Now THAT is a depressing, yet nicely doctored photo.... I mourn for Chicagoans... when I was in downtown Minni last weekend and looked at the flagship Dayton's, I mean Marshall Field's store and imagined the Macy's logo that will be going up this September, I about puked, and I know for Chicago it will be even worse.

Hi Cstar/Lortab! Coming to NY anytime soon?
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Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:21 am

"Now THAT is a depressing, yet nicely doctored photo"

Unfortunately it's not doctored.  Sad


Coming to NY anytime soon?

Nope, I'm stuck in Hayward.
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:06 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 5):
Unfortunately it's not doctored

It's not?? The lighting/shading on the awnings looks awfully "perfect" and the same on each one... as do the shadows.

Nonetheless, this one definitely isn't doctored...

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Pre beer-drinkin' status.

Hayward Wisconsin??
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Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:08 am

Nice shirt dude! I so want one...
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:13 am

That is awesome. I'm thinking I'll have to make the rounds of the department stores this weekend and see if I can dig anything up. Three dollar gas? Pah! I say...as long as I find a shirt to make it worth it, haha.

Personally, I still love my retro-style Pac Man t-shirt. Even though I sometimes feel I belong in a Penny Arcade comic whilst wearing it, it's just as good as my Super Mario mushrooms tee ("Fungus Among Us"--ha!).

Anyway, back on topic here--I'm hoping the many malls and stores here have something. I need a new shirt, anyways.

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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:15 am

Hayward Wisconsin??

Hayward, California on the East Bay.


Interestingly, my sister currently works at Macy's West Corporate HQ. She started at Marshall Field's in Chicago. With Marshall Field's becoming Macy's, it's now a complete circle.

On a positive note, Frango Mints will still be made in Chicago.
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 10:58 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 9):
Interestingly, my sister currently works at Macy's West Corporate HQ.

I wonder if my best friend, who works at Rob May in LA (but obviously not for much longer), and who turned down an offer at MW, knows her.


I was just phucking with you re: Hayward. I can't remember though.. how long have you lived out there?

And, by the way, I checked before I put the shirt on tonight... and the original price was $32!! As cool as it is,I don't think I would have bought it at that price...it's just a thin T-shirt.


Airwave.... your Pacshirt sounds awesome... even better if it were a Ms. Pac Man shirt... I'd get one in a Pac second. Big grin
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:01 am

That's a very nice shirt, TWFirst. Great story to read on a Friday night!

P.S. I see that you have added that picture to your profile.  wink 

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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:45 am

There has been a reemergence in the popularity of Airline logo gear that seems to have been sparked by some of the retro gear that jetBlue has put out. PanAm, TWA and a few others have been quite popular
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RE: Department Store Selling Vintage TW Logo T-Shirt!

Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:51 pm

...was just phucking with you re: Hayward. I can't remember though.. how long have you lived out there?

I thought so. I've been here for about a year and a half. I lived in the city for about a year before moving to beautiful Hayward.  Wink
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