While in New York on a business trip, I decided to search for the much hyped Incotex and Mabitex pants to add to my business and casual wardrobe. For those unfamiliar with these brands, there is plenty of discussion in these pages as well as the internet fora. The mecca for the aforementioned trousers is Daffy’s, a discount retailer of merchandise, which offers both brands with tags cut out, however, at ridiculously low prices (I must add that there is nothing else of interest at Daffy’s for a discerning buyer, as its mostly fashion clothing). With this information at hand and with plenty of time to spare, I decided to visit the three locations closest to my hotel.
The Madison location at 335 Madison Avenue had the largest selection of Incotex and Mabitex at cheap prices: $14.99-$24.99 for cotton and $24.99-$34.99 for flannel and wool. The first complication, however, arose when trigger-happy small town me brought 14 pairs of pants to the men’s dressing room only to realize that there is only one changing room the size of porta-potty and only six items at a time were allowed. Another quick realization while trying on the pants: I gained weight! I could no longer fit into my regular size pants, especially since Incotex makes them a bit on a slim side. Irritated by the weight gain, I still kept trying to squeeze into the nicest pairs I picked but to no success. My irritability grew further due to the fact that there was no air-conditioning and that every few minutes I heard a knock by another customer inquiring as to when I was going to get out. Finally fed up with the situation, I left all the pants hanging and walked out. Not my finest moment to say the least.
Feeling bad about the experience and, more importantly, about all the pants I could have bought, but deciding against coming back to the same location, I moved my sights to one of the Broadway locations at 462 Broadway. To my pleasant surprise, this location had plenty of pants and plenty of dressing rooms. This time, I made sure to size up and ended up buying four pants: two pairs of cotton Incotex in chocolate brown and sky blue and two pairs of Mabitex, in light beige flannel and steel gray wool. Total damage: $90 and change.
On to the final location at 1311 Broadway, I did not realize that this is all the way in TriBeCa district. Hence, I had to take a cab. This location just like the Madison location has only one changing room. After about fifteen minutes searching, I was able to purchase one more pair of Mabitex, in heather gray wool for a staggering $19.99.
All in all, in three hours on a cold winter Friday afternoon, I was able to purchase five pairs of high end business and casual pants for just over $110. And while Daffy’s is not the most accommodating store around, the bargains on pants that often retail for $225 a piece would make me do it all over again.