Originally Posted by kmdsimpson
I totally agree with you about pre-distressing. I really hate it. Part of the break-in process for me is the personalization, both in how the fabric weathers, and also how you create your own memories and attachments to a garment. Whenever I see someone wearing something that is very expensive and pre-distressed, the first thing I think is that they are trying too hard to look cool and casual. I know this is just my own thing, as you could make an argument that someone wearing raw denim is doing the same thing, just at the opposite extreme.
I also understand wanting to pay attention to the source of your clothing. I have several pieces that I like because they were made in the USA. Maybe I overstated this issue in my previous post. I think because I am so impressed with RRL's quality, I'm willing to overlook that it's made in China.
I agree with both of your points to an extent. I still have yet to see someone posting pics of nicely worn in tops like duck jackets, vests, etc. I fall in the middle of the two extremes, I'm fine with mixing both raw or distressed pieces due to the fact I work in an office job, live in an apt, and drive to work. I would need to manually dirty the pieces up by rolling them in dirt which can be deemed just as poseur-like as wearing distressed pieces in the first place. I know this discussion could go on back on forth, but that's the end of my thoughts on this topic.
As for RRL, really only a handful of pieces (excluding pants) are heavily distressed per collection. If they do have distressing, it's almost always subtle, limited to light fading in contact areas, or things like flannels with muted fabrics that look like they were washed a bit.
Regarding origin, only their denim and certain Limited Edition items are made in USA. Then there are random accessories or suits which are made in Italy. Everything else in made in Asia (China/India/Indonesia, etc). But like you said, the level of quality is high even on the made in China goods. Only thing I have to do occasionally is re-sew buttons which happens for every brand regardless of origin.