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Yoox - which are your favorite unknown brands?

post #1 of 120
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Of course, everyone zeroes in on the Jil Sander, Margiela, Dries Van Noten, and Costume National stuff they carry, but I'd like to hear from those who've been more adventurous and ordered things from one of the zillion Italian labels that can't be found anywhere else in the U.S.

I've personally had good experience with pieces from Xavier Delcour and Gazzarrini Uomo, but I also like a lot of what I see from Corpo Nove, New York Industrie, and Asola.
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I like Xavier Delcour, too. The pieces are cut rather slim. I don't consider them unknown, though. 83 fit the bill more; I've only seen their stuff on Yoox for a couple months perhaps a year back. They were women's bags, but sized like men's messengers, and truly beautiful pieces that always garner me compliments.

I also have a cashmere coat from Futuro from two-three years back that has been going on strong and is cut and constructed nicely, for a good price.
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Gazzarini Uomo is often at Daffy's in NYC. I haven't been terribly impressed, I have to say, but some of the trousers looked pretty good at Daffy's prices.
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I like Victor Victoria. Not sure where it's sold at retail in the US. It turns up at Daffy's from time to time in NYC. Best for shirts, ties, pants, outerwear.
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I like Victor Victoria. Not sure where it's sold at retail in the US. It turns up at Daffy's from time to time in NYC. Best for shirts, ties, pants, outerwear.

Politix in LA is the only Victor Victoria U.S. retail stockist that I know of. The stuff turns up at Loehmanns's Beverly Hills and Filene's Basement intermittently.

The best "unknowns" I've found on YOOX are Krone's & Kin (although I knew it from before - a German company) and Retrofamoso, a small brand out of Vienna, which was a complete Hail Mary. Jen Hate my Retrofamoso stuff though.
post #6 of 120
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I'm not in NYC or LA, so I guess "unknown" in this case means "I've never seen it and nothing shows up on an SF search."

Xavier Delcour does seem to be cut slim - their size large wool hoodie is almost skin-tight on me, definitely more fitted than American Apparel, for example.

I've also mostly looked at pants from Gazzarrini. I ended up getting a pair of distressed jean-cut black cords that came with a little honeycombing behind the knees - something I haven't seen too often on cords.

LA Guy, is it the "La Calavera" sweatshirt that you have from Retrofamoso?
post #7 of 120
Gazzarini stuff is pretty nice, especially for a more Euro cut without paying big name prices.

There are random tee shirt companies on Yoox. In the hundreds of items there are often ten or more palatable designs.
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Dirty Youth of the UK makes some great t-shirts. The designs and colorways are usually great, and the quality and fit is always top notch (fitted but not too tight). A bit pricey though
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LA Guy, is it the "La Calavera" sweatshirt that you have from Retrofamoso?

Yup. Jen hates it. Well, she says I shouldn't wear it as a staple, and that she doesn't like the fit. Which to me translates into "Please just don't wear it." I personally think it's a great piece with slim or anti-fit jeans dark jeans, a studded belt, and Converse.
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Just thought I'd add a few and bump up this thread, since Yoox is having its closeouts now.

Orlando, Lardini, Ma.Co, Master Coat, Andrea d'amico (for belts and accessories), Obeline (for rather odd, but interesting shoes)and Postcard, all have been pretty impressive for the price paid. Especially Orlando; the jeans and such are really neat. As well, with Postcard, the details are really quite nice, good fabrics, riri zippers, nice fit, etc. Of all those mentioned above, I don't think I paid more than about $35 for any of them.
post #11 of 120
Cosign on Orlando also. Stuff is slim and decently made. I got a military green blazer for $40 shipped there.
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I've personally had good experience with pieces from Xavier Delcour and Gazzarrini Uomo, but I also like a lot of what I see from Corpo Nove, New York Industrie, and Asola.
I picked up a couple of silk/cashmere blend knits from Asola last fall that I've been happy with (this and this). It's a small Italian outfit with a really good price/quality ratio, but, much like Orlando, they cut their stuff on the small side, so sizing up is almost a must. Not really feeling some of the gaudy stuff that's currently on sale though.
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We've talked about this before, but I just wonder if some of these Euro labels run into trouble in the USA because of a lack of allure to their names? I mean, "Asola" sounds like "Ass-ola," "Lardini" well... some forum members here laughed at my lardini suit and called it "Lard-assi" (in good fun, of course), and Orlando sounds like a city in Florida or a movie star. None of them really sound like something you'd want to spring $300+ for at retail.

On another note, I've been searching for a website or info on Orlando just to see more about the brand. Other than yoox (and a few Japanese sites that don't give much info), I've NEVER seen anything about it. Given the sheer volume of stuff on yoox, they obviously must create a full collection, and with the retail prices at what they are (even on Yoox, the pre-sale stuff is quite pricey), surely they must have some customer base somewhere... Unfortunately, google searches only come up with 1000's of websites about (you guessed it), the city in Florida and dear Mr. Bloom.
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We've talked about this before, but I just wonder if some of these Euro labels run into trouble in the USA because of a lack of allure to their names? I mean, "Asola" sounds like "Ass-ola,"
Makes one wonder what Asola's logo alludes to, as it is just a little hole on the back of each garment.
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What's even weirder is their logo, which is just little hole on the back of each garment.

That is odd...

Reminds me of some Japanese brands with bizarre slogans on their tags... a brand called Nano-Universe had one that said, "You think it is nothing? We think it is Something!" Strange slogan to be put on a $225 zip sweater.
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