Filene's Basement on Connecticut downtown was one of my most favorite places of all time to go on a lunch break. Then the company went bankrupt and sold all its stuff and closed all its stores and took a long nap. Now it's back, solely online. I don't have my own PACER account, so I can't look at the bankruptcy filings, but I betcha what happened is somebody bought the marks and trade dress to relaunch it without the retail-space rent overhead.
The website is an honest reflection of what Filene's always was. Random stock, only gently curated, not well-presented, but with value everywhere--like TJ Maxx without the vertigo. The shoe brands are in the same market level as always: Italianate names with prices at long last reflecting their actual value instead of a brand-based markup. The selection of suits is completely random. Some poor sod is having to take pictures of the suit jackets on a mannequin and use the lasso tool in Photoshop to make a cutout. It's very eBay at the moment. Greater things to come, I'm sure, if they can capitalize on the goodwill. Meanwhile, the inability to try things on is a drag.
And they only have a few dozen ties. In my day, they had millions of ties. Millions, I tell you! Kids these days. No respect.