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Jeans companies should stick to jeans

post #1 of 12
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I was in my local David Jones - which is a department store in Australia like, I don't know... Nordstrom, maybe? - and I got a chance to browse some of the non-jeans clothing that these premium denim companies churn out. Man, some of those prices are wacky. [Disclaimer: It's all relative, and what's too expensive for me might not be for you, and vice versa. But still.] PDC offer t-shirts in a couple of colors, ironic picture of a princess or something on the front, badly frayed at the collar - AU$150. Cotton jersey polo shirts, again in a couple of colors - AU$250. I can think of any number of places where, for that kind of cash, I could pick up ten tees/polos. At least ten. Nudie was much the same - black pinstriped jacket, linen/poly/viscose blend, (obligatory fused construction), average-looking floral embroidery on the back, orange stitching on the first buttonhole. Nine hundred bucks. Nine hundred bucks?. Who actually buys this kind of stuff? Are US consumers shafted as much as Australian consumers as far as price goes?
post #2 of 12
The prices aren't as outrageous in the US... for US brands, anyway. Diesel was the first/worst offender in this category. They've consistently put out some truly ugly shirts/outerwear etc. for years and years. PDC tees etc show up at the local Filene's sometimes for like $20, and I won't buy them. This styling (tighter in general, lots of distressing, ironic or vintage graphics/text/embroidery) is so ubiquitous. If they were doing something really creative or cool, I would at least understand the prices.
post #3 of 12
it's all about making money if they can get you to buy their jeans, maybe you'll also buy their t-shirts, shoes and other related products as well
post #4 of 12
I get tee shirts vintage, from companies that are t-shrit oriented, likle Yoko Devereaux and Rogue's Gallery, or from independent retailers making one off batches (like the tees from Breakbeat Science or Proletariat, my local vintage shop of choice. Most jeanswear companies make absolutely crap shirts (Paper Denim and Nudie are particular bad offenders). The only exception that comes to mind is Corpus. Even then, their tees are not my favorite, especially for the price.
post #5 of 12
I think I saw those PDC polo shirts you are talking about. Just awful.
post #6 of 12
rofl. 900 bucks for a shitty Nudie blazer? you could get Margiela or Costume ...
post #7 of 12
Well, it's closer to $700, but seriously, that's some dumb-ass pricing for a mediocre jacket. And it may be bad luck, but I've never seen a PDC top that wasn't too baggy.
post #8 of 12
Yeah, PDC buttondowns are like $200, and there is absolutely nothing special about them.
post #9 of 12
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Yeah, PDC buttondowns are like $200, and there is absolutely nothing special about them.
They have buttons with five holes. That's it. IIRC, they used to be made by Lorenzini - what happened to that? Now they're made in Portugal or Morocco or somewhere.
post #10 of 12
Five holes.? To Atrium.
post #11 of 12
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Five holes.? To Atrium.
You're too late, I just bought them all.
post #12 of 12
I saw a few polo's and tee's by Joie but I didn't try them on. They weren't as ridiculously priced as the ones mentioned so far ($80 Cdn for the polo for example) though so they might be worth a look. And there is nothing wrong with Diesel m
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