In every suit store, especially Hugo Boss at Valley Fair, there's always at least one snobby guy who will not help you if you come in sloppy attire and not Caucasian/White. So that's expected. However, I'm pleased to say when I went to Mensusa & Henley greeted us immediately once he saw us. It took a while for people to greet us, but that's because the best employee there was near the back. Henley brought me along because I'm very meticulous about fitting and such. I'm a bit jealous of Henley because he can actually get stuff off the rack while I'm unfortunately am 5'5 and I swear the Gods thought it would be hilarious to punk me with short limbs. Because of the fact that I'm short, I have to get things custom tailored so luckily mom taught me how to pay attention to specific details about fitting and if I were to go to the tailor, what I should expect. So I'm pleased to say that Henley looked absolutely sharp. Even my mother checked all signs and forms and she signed off on it. I like the store philosophy. It's a store for MEN ONLY. It's a place where men can go by themselves and get a suit and feel not so embarrassed about it. So, I would like to recommend all men to leave their women at home or bring them along to the store so she can approve of the colours. However, DO NOT let the woman analyse your fitting. DO NOT DO THAT!!! Here's a big tip about women. Most young ladies don't know squat when it comes to form and fitting, especially in men's clothing. Women will copy what they see in magazines, but will not notice the detail most of the time. It's almost annoying when I see a woman says a pair of trousers fit on a man in a changing room when they completely don't. I feel so bad for the men entrusting the woman on clothing that I actually interupt them and tell them about crease breakage. Just because the men have the material, doesn't mean it's done right. Fitting matters. Women have no sense of fitting if it's not their clothing. MEN, PLEASE GO HERE and LISTEN to the employees there more. No more oversized clown suits picked out accidentally and ignorantly by the girlfriends. Sorry ladies, but even I have to admit, my girlfriend doesn't know squat when it comes to formal wear. Thank god, mom trained me. I love my mother. My dad is lucky to have a woman that actually knows that sort of stuff and is meticulous about it. She is a Mechanical engineer. Of course they're meticulous about form and structure!
So, I had this sweet Hugo Boss suit I bought from Nordstrom, which happened to be my only suit. Then, somehow I decided to wash and dry the pants. Ruined. With two weddings coming up in the near future, I found myself checking out the MensUSA, because I missed the men's sale at Nordstrom. Well, my style consultant, aka girlfriend tagged along with me, because all I am is arm candy, so she gives the ultimate approval. She was concerned about the "fashion" or lack there of at an establishment like this. Let's just say the style is mature. This is, after all, where my dad buys suits. Unlike others' experiences, I personally received great service, even though I'm a...young professional...ya that's the ticket. I was wearing jeans and flip flops, but seemed to be swarmed by people wanting to sell me stuff. I was greeted with a firm handshake and taken directly to the suits in my size. Despite my gf's concerns, I was able to find a nice flat-front suit. The price was definitely much cheaper than Nordstrom. The playing field seemed to level out once we got to the alteration. So, apparently if you wear a 48 long jacket, you're supposed to be 8 ft tall and weigh 400lbs, because the arms were the only part of this suit that didn't need alteration. I felt like a kid in my dad's suit, when I tried on the pants. So, I needed 5 cuts to make the suit fit. And they charged for every cut. That's shady to me. It's like oh, you want this suit to fit, bam 150 extra bucks. Nobody tells you this before you ring up. BTW, Nordstrom does not charge for alteration. This seems like a high-stakes hustle for the sales people, because they do a major hard-sell on the accessories. I found them a little bummed that I wouldn't buy any of their shirts, ties, socks, or shoes. I found the salesman a little rude to my girlfriend who was poo-pooing his shirt selections. When I came back to pick up my suit, I was very happy with the alteration job they did. It fits me perfectly. So, suits are pretty cheap, but they get you on the alteration. They really make you feel like a man and call you Mister. I don't like the alteration fees, but they do a damn good job. Salesmanship is pretty intense, which made me feel a little uncomfortable, because I don't have 1000 bucks to blow. So basically, you give and you get, but ideally, I wouldn't shop here.
I stumbled upon Puran's on accident one night. I was in Los Feliz with a friend to pick-up some music from another friend and there was a ton of traffic and we were starving so we pulled over at the first place we saw which was Puran's. I was blown away how good the food was! It was a really cold day, and the server suggested this pomegrante & lentil soup that was a special and it rocked! I also ordered the organic herb dover sole upon her suggestion that was grilled w/ warm cous cous, and I felt like I inhaled it. It tasted so good! My friend got the warm rice salad with black beans and then got the homemade ground filet burger and fries and loved it! We were not going to get dessert, but our server suggested the homemade apple tartin, and we were so glad we listened to her. Warm, tasty and we again inhaled it. I have not had such a great meal and such great service in a very long time! The vibe was casual and it is a nice room. It was not busy when we walked in about 6:30 pm, but it was pretty packed when we left. They also had some cool ambient background music on that we really liked and would have not expected them to be playing. The server was a girl and I did not get her name, but she really knew the menu (which is huge and has a little bit of everything on it), and definitely steered us in the right direction. She also explained that all of the food is really healthy and that Puran (Chef & Owner) does not use anything from a can and that everything is made fresh daily. Our server was really good and you can tell the food is all really fresh the minute you take a bit. The had a ok wine list, and prices were really good and they had a really decent beer selection which both of us opted for. I have been thinking about this meal for over a week, and that is why I decided to post this. I will definitely be back!