In the early 1990s they began to compete with retailers catering to a younger clientele and trended away from classic styling and natural fibers for which they were so well known. I stopped buying from them in the mid-1990s.
The Talbotts should return to their original premise as a clothier. There is an open niche for the classic styles made of natural fibers. They would get me back as a customer, that is for sure.
Of the other two credit cards I carried, only one still survives - Nordstrom. The third, I.Magnin disappeared quite a while ago.
Boy, I was surprised a few years ago when I stopped in looking for some pendeltons. Instead of the classics, they were clothes you could get anywhere.
The first time I stepped into a Talbots store was when visiting Carmel-by-the-Sea. It was 1980 and one wall of the store was stocked with shetland wool cardigans on shelves, in a rainbow of colors! Very impressive.
Try finding anything like that today, much less a shetland wool cardigan, period.
As for the Pendleton woolens, we live about an hours drive from their mill in Washington State. Their mill outlet store there is fabulous!