That Jil Sander experience: Order the same sweater in two different colors, size up one to allow for wacky Jil fit, only to discover that one sweater is still a size too small. Sizing isn't consistent among colors???
My SdC trousers are my favorite pickup of 2014.
As for brands, NMWA should just keep surprising us - Niche, SdC, Esemplare - all brands that have added great variety to my wardrobe. I'd be skeptical of the feedback for minute variations on what you already carry - Henry Ford has a relevant quote here, I think.