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post #181 of 194
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Originally Posted by diglett View Post

What do you mean by "boxers class"?
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Wow, some of you guys are ballers, idiots or both. I wear almost exclusively PRL Regent shirts which are made of excellent cloth, come in a range of fits and have the BEST collars in a RTW shirt and the best part is on average I spend about $35 on a shirt. Anyone spending more should have their heads examined. Shirts are disposable like boxer [shorts]. F hand tailoring and MOP buttons, they don't make you look better.
post #182 of 194

^ Ah, thanks! How do you get PRL for $35 each? Retail is like $150, and I can't imagine sales being that drastic.

post #183 of 194
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^ Ah, thanks! How do you get PRL for $35 each? Retail is like $150, and I can't imagine sales being that drastic.

Outlet stores or eBay.

I'd think that they're probably a bit more than that usually, so perhaps NORE is exaggerating a bit, but you can still pick them up very cheaply.
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Cool cool, thanks!

post #185 of 194
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

Outlet stores or eBay.
I'd think that they're probably a bit more than that usually, so perhaps NORE is exaggerating a bit, but you can still pick them up very cheaply.

Nope, there are tons of folks that do outlet shopping and post their wares on eBay. the beauty is that each person one-downs the next seller so you eventually get a shirt for what they paid. For instance I wore this shirt tonite and bought it new for $25:

It ranges in price right now from $32.49 shipped to $79.95 shipped.

The seller I bought mine from started the listing at $8 and I won at $25.
post #186 of 194

The problems I find with polo shirts is that the fabric used is really hit or miss a lot of the shirts I have tried feel like cardboard.  Also some of the sleeves cuffs are not reinforced very well.  Overall I find them very hit or miss.  Also as you move to the 50-100 mark for shirts you can get a lot nicer pieces than polo.

post #187 of 194
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I never bought or owned any G&G shoes and you would cry if you knew what I paid for my AS shoes.

 

My mistake on G&G.  And unless its significantly below Vass or Meermin LM type of prices, still not impressed.  Been to the trunk shows and AS isn't that impressive upon inspection or trial.

 

But hey, different strokes for different folks, some might be shoe man, some might have fabric fetish, and some might just love different shirts and shirt constructions!

post #188 of 194
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^ Ah, thanks! How do you get PRL for $35 each? Retail is like $150, and I can't imagine sales being that drastic.

I find regent PRL at marshalls and tj maxx all the time.
post #189 of 194
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I find regent PRL at marshalls and tj maxx all the time.

I believe they regularly get stuff straight from RL. Have seen RLBL and RLPL stuff all the time there.
post #190 of 194
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I believe they regularly get stuff straight from RL. Have seen RLBL and RLPL stuff all the time there.

We don't get that nice of stuff, do you go to the "designer" stores they have, or are they regular stores?
post #191 of 194
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I can echo pretty much everything you wrote here. I purchased two Borrelli shirts from elitebargainnyc on ebay and have had the exact same experience (lack of hand stitching, garbage buttons, very short shirt, etc.). I can't complain given that I paid only $75 per shirt discounted from $150. I actually had the same experience with a shrt bought from Ehaberdasher a while ago (except the length of that one was ok). Did I get duped or are there two Borrelli lines, one with all the stops and one that's actually a cheaper diffusion line?
Maybe they are seconds, imperfect, with buttons missing that were attached by someone else? I can sew a button on better than that!

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post #193 of 194
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Originally Posted by countbaron View Post

this is where posts go wrong, I mean the "for only a fractionally higher price" when it is totally personal-circumstances based and thus meaningless

In the US and thus in SF there is all this craze about Borrelli, Isaia, Barba, Finnamore but in the UK I wouldn't know where to find any of that (a huge prize for anyone that just thought 'in the web dummy').
On the other hand, Canali is 'all over the place' and is available at very deep discounts ($70-80) during Summer/Xmas sales e.g at Harrods.

On a slightly different note, I suspect that most upper-middle class Italians never heard of them either. This is based on the fact that when I mention to many of these people the names of most of the italian shoes that get sold in the US at high price ranges ( like Santoni and Sutor) they never heard of it. I truthfully not been able to find any Italian that has heard of Santoni. True the people i talk too are not SF types but they are regular upper/middle management people; not some bums off the street. Some of them just go bespoke all the time, I mean they have a small scale shirtmaker, a shoe maker etc

All of this, just to say: does anybody buy Borrelli, Isaia, Barba, Finnamore, Santoni, Sutors outside the US (and China I guess). And if so does this mean you guys are being suckered?

if you talk of middle class in Italy I'm problably with you saying they don't know truzzi, sutor which is really nothing special and finamore, but already the entry middle class know santoni: how italians don't know santoni: maybe in the countryside where nobody care, but if then we speak of the upper class everybody know santoni, truzzi, borrelli, finamore and so on, and not cause obsessed of brands, but simply cause when "you" step in a store, a multibrand store, those brands are all there, it's impossible to avoid those brands, plus there are many others that I here on SF are completely unknown while here the majority of persons who wear those brands above have also some clothes of those brands unknown in US......ot at least here on SF....as is never good to generalize.
If I should make an interview here in Italy asking for example what brand of shoes they've bought for a cerimony or smth similar I bet the 40% would say santoni, the other 40% would say church's and the 20% from some other shoesmakers.....italian or english....no matter. ( I'm talking about middle upper class)
Then, for sure there are many italians who don't wear them, don't know them, can't afford them, but I don't think we're talking of those people here.
post #194 of 194
My advice for the best shirts, go to Turnbull & Asser their shirts are made in Britain. Famous customers included Prince Charles and the late Sir David Frost. Even James Bond wears T&A sea island shirts with turnback cuffs. I'm planning on going to T&A in NYC later this month if the Lords willing. It's a shame that T&A closed their Beverly Hills store earlier this year.
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