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post #31 of 193
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
Brooks is a shadow of itself, but there's still life in the old girl. The buttondown shirts still have the best roll out there, and the shoe selection/quality is quite good. GF is nice as well, though a bit boring. BF has some interesting stuff and excellent quality.

Brooks caters to a conservative, American sensibility. As such, its clothes likely aren't going to light up the young, not-so-conservative SF crowd, myself included. But that it exists at all, when stores of its ilk have largely vanished from the American landscape, is something to be celebrated, not condemned.

I'd rather shop there than, say, the excessively glossy Paul Stuart or the lost-in-the-wilderness J. Press. Brooks has survived as well as any of the Trad staples, and it suffers in comparison not with its similarly priced competition, but with its own ideal.

I still do have 1 buttondown shirt from BB, that was the first real dress shirt I bought after school for work. It survived many wash (and consider it being an non iron...), I don't wear it anymore as it fits like a tent (which is suppose to be a slim fit). I always want to pick something from BB every single time I went to their store, but I always walked out empty hand and quite disappointed.


As to Paul Stuart, I could appreciate them more, at least they have more interesting piece than BB if you ask me.
post #32 of 193
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post
Ferragamo

If you're talking about their flagship store in NYC, I agree, but if you're talking about their overall selection, then I wouldn't quite agree.

I somehow always able to find nice Ferragamo stuff that's not carried in their NYC flagship store for some reason. I guess it's a good thing Ferragamo is a volume seller, I can almost always find Tramezza at decent price, so in my book, Ferragamo is still has decent selection (though shifting my opinion quite towards Zegna Couture XXX and Sutor Mantellassi now though, only problem, much harder to find bargin on these guys).
post #33 of 193
This thread was a good read. Like Vox, my fist impression when I read the title was BB. And like Vox, I was sad to say it. However I agree with Doc that I feel good about having the old gal around still. I have a few 1818 Fitz's purchased in the last year that I like and a couple of GF suits that are still in heavy rotation after several years. OCBDs are good, but I find the ties too wide for my current tastes. There is something comforting to me about going into a BB store, and when I travel I often stop in one in another city, even though I am pretty sure I won't buy anything.
post #34 of 193
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post
Dkny

that's not even mediocre
post #35 of 193
Dolce & whatever gay similiar brand
post #36 of 193
Polo Ralph Lauren
post #37 of 193
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post
Brooks Brothers. They're the Belgium of clothiers. High quality boredom.

You clearly don't drink beer
post #38 of 193
Prada, Gucci, Bally, Dolce, Versace, etc
post #39 of 193
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Originally Posted by acidicboy View Post
Polo Ralph Lauren

really? there china stuff yeah, but their italian?
post #40 of 193
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post
Prada, Gucci, Bally, Dolce, Versace, etc
Oh please! How fashionable it is on this forum to hate the big fashion labels!
post #41 of 193
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I usually appreciate your taste but I'm sorry I just don't understand this comment. Paul Stuart is not the end all be all (by any means) but still far better than BB. If only the store itself didn't feel haunted and empty of all life... J Press OTOH is total garbage.

I'm quite surprised to hear that comment from the Dentist, too. The styling seems quite you.
post #42 of 193
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Originally Posted by 2009kelly View Post
(lv,chanel,coach,mimmiu,gucci etc.)

These brands.
post #43 of 193
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Originally Posted by acidicboy View Post
Polo Ralph Lauren

+ RLBL
post #44 of 193
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Originally Posted by yfyf View Post
I'm quite surprised to hear that comment from the Dentist, too. The styling seems quite you.

Urg. I wasn't intending to hate on PS, but it just tends to strike me as a little too manicured and conspicuously expensive for its own good. Falls on the wrong side of slick, my most damning insult.

Let's go to the tape:



Mousey sportcoat pattern (typical PS), atrocious tie, OTT tie bar. That tie, in closer detail:



Really, PS? Really? Why don't you put some of that tie's gusto into the sportcoat pattern? Why is everything so beige?

Another low-contrast number:



On the other end of the spectrum, this just ain't right:



And then there's ... this:



Look at those ties, and how those ties are tied, and the shirt collars, and the absurd shoulders, and the batwing lapels. The DJ looks OK, but the others ... I just can't go there.

To recap, I dig loud sportcoats, crazy trou, subdued ties and shirts that are more sturdy than luxurious. PS tends to sell the opposite of that. There's restraint where I don't want restraint and a lack of it where I do. Individually, some of the items are very nice -- especially the Grenson shoes -- but I have a hard time getting past the context. I want to like PS, but very often find little I'd actually want to wear. My evil doppleganger, on the other hand, might dress entirely in PS.

To end on a positive, they do have some very nice dotted knit ties in stock, and at reasonable prices.
post #45 of 193
I wasn't aware we were talking about the websites! Silly me, I thought we were talking about the clothes, their quality, etc...
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