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Brands that mean mediocrity

post #1 of 193
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Which "luxury" brands do you associate with mediocrity?

For me, it has to be Zegna... and even worse Tods.
post #2 of 193
Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Monogram, Damier, Nova Check, they´re all making me sick.
post #3 of 193
It pains me to say this, but I think that if you had to pick the epicenter of "luxury" mediocrity, it would be today's Brooks Brothers.

It's absolutely horrifying to walk into their Boston store these days. It's like a Gap with all life beaten out of it.

The Black Fleece veneer of higher ambition, and the lingering existence of some things that are acceptable, only magnify how crappy it has become.

- B
post #4 of 193
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Originally Posted by PocketCircle View Post
For me, it has to be Zegna
Zegna still make some excellent stuff, but they have invented cheaper lines which have made the whole brand appear cheapened. An example is the whole Z Zegna thing. Their fabric quality and construction is still very good for the better lines, they havent reached the doldrums of Hugo Boss just yet.
post #5 of 193
Rubinacci.
post #6 of 193
Hugo BOSS: Banana Republic quality at 25% higher price points.
Armani Collezioni: Shirting is absolute garbage for the >$200 price point. The Made in Italy trousers are slightly better though the $300 price tag is ridiculous. AC suiting is just bad.
post #7 of 193
Brooks Brothers. They're the Belgium of clothiers. High quality boredom.
post #8 of 193
BB (not for quality, but for fit), Hugo Boss, lower line Zegna (higher line stuff are still great, fit doesn't really work for my body, but I wouldn't call the fit uninspiring, which is the case for BB, in my opinion).
post #9 of 193
Is it possible to be mediocre and overpriced? Then I nominate Thomas Pink.
post #10 of 193
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Is it possible to be mediocre and overpriced? Then I nominate Thomas Pink.

I think the combination implies worse-than-mediocre. Hence, Thomas Pink.
post #11 of 193
I don't really like any of those Jermyn St shirtmakers cum chain shops, but fail to see what make Thomas Pink worse than the others.
post #12 of 193
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
It pains me to say this, but I think that if you had to pick the epicenter of "luxury" mediocrity, it would be today's Brooks Brothers.

It's absolutely horrifying to walk into their Boston store these days. It's like a Gap with all life beaten out of it.

- B

The same can be said of Jos A Bank, IMO.
post #13 of 193
Clothing brands are mediocrity. Except for socks etc, one must go bespoke.

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post #14 of 193
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
It pains me to say this, but I think that if you had to pick the epicenter of "luxury" mediocrity, it would be today's Brooks Brothers.

It's absolutely horrifying to walk into their Boston store these days. It's like a Gap with all life beaten out of it.

The Black Fleece veneer of higher ambition, and the lingering existence of some things that are acceptable, only magnify how crappy it has become.

- B
I agree with Vox, BB. I don't look forward to my trips there as much as I once did. I was looking forward to visiting BB in Boston on my recent trip, but instead left the store very disappointed.
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post
I don't really like any of those Jermyn St shirtmakers cum chain shops, but fail to see what make Thomas Pink worse than the others.
You're right but the other ones haven't really reached America
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