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Prada-anyone else think the quality

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I was in holt renfrew the other day looking at a pretty ordinary blue button down shirt (w/o a shirt tail, it was straight around the bottom meant tobe left untucked). The buttons were sewn on with the horizontal stitching instead of an x pattern and they were almost falling off of the shirt cuffs. I looked at some other stuff and it wasn't much better. Come to think of it, i can't even remember if they were even mother of pearl or plastic heh... Aside from the buttons, the fabric is nice enough (cotton), but that alone doesn't come close to justifying the price tag. Keep in mind this is a shirt that costs 450cdn. Prada really makes my $300 zegna dress shirts look like a bargain heh. From what I've seen the quality of their shoes is a lot better, but their clothes looks like pretty crappy quality imo. You'd think for that much they could sew the buttons on properly. I'm no expert on tailoring and different types of stitching, but there was more than one piece that looked like it would fall apart with use.
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Hey GQ which Holt's did you go to? Bloor or Yorkdale? I have a Prada shirt with the same problem. The thread comes apart and I have to roll it back behind the button. One positive thing I noticed is the zippers are Swiss-made by Riri. One of my knitted Prada shirts had several holes after a few wearings (my fault). Prada supplied a bunch of thread but it costs about $25 to fix each hole so I decided its not worth fixing anymore. I notice the new Prada Sport shirts at Holt's are only C$325. They are the snap button "Sunfit Stretch" shirts with underarm punctured hole detailing. The buttons are embossed with "PRADA PRADA" but still discreet. The red rubber stripe is under the cuffs so its not noticible. Its a great deal considering the plain white t-shirts were going for $250 a few months ago. I never knew that Sunfit was actually a special fabric process. http://www.chobhamrider.com/mustodetails.html Sunfit A specially developed process where each fibre of the fabric is impregnated with a UV-protective ceramic powder. The resulting high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a positive ®MUSTO response to the growing concern over the harmful effects of sunlight.
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It was the one in montreal.
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From what I've seen the quality of their shoes is a lot better, but their clothes looks like pretty crappy quality imo. You'd think for that much they could sew the buttons on properly. I'm no expert on tailoring and different types of stitching, but there was more than one piece that looked like it would fall apart with use.
You figured out the secret. The reason Prada's been able to buy out truly excellent designers such as Helmut Lang and Jil Sander is that Prada lines are ~H&M quality but priced with an extra decimal place. Sold to the terminally gullible, that translates into profits enough to buy and then ruin other once-fine lines. Peace, JG
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Helmut Lang and Jil Sander are now made in the same factories as Prada.
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Helmut Lang and Jil Sander are now made in the same factories as Prada.
Yep, unfortunately. As I wrote, buy and ruin other once-excellent lines. Three or so years ago, a huge portion of my wardrobe came from Helmut Lang. I still have and wear most of that stuff, because it still looks great on me and was well made. I still like many of Herr Lang's new designs. However, the quality of the tailoring has atrophied to an extent such that there's no way I'm going to spend any sum of money on them. (Can't say the same for the Vulkovich or whatever his name is now doing men's at Jil Sander. At least Helmut Lang still makes clothes that look good....) Peace, JG
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