Originally Posted by GreyFlannelMan
Interesting article. But $4000 for RTW is outrageous considering you can get bespoke at that price.
What does one have to do with the other? I don't see the comparison. The guy who would buy TB, wouldn't buy bespoke. Two different customers, with two different inclinations to buy.
There seems to be a consensus on this board that there are substitutes in fashion, where a customer would forgo a buying designer garment for a lesser priced item of similar styling. For guys that buy Dior Homme, Thom Browne, Jil Sander, I'd say they would not accept substitues; they have specific tastes... afterall look at how stylized each label is. For guys that shell out this type of money at retail, they don't think like the guy who is having a toss up between getting a Zegna and a Hickey Freeman suit.
With clothing you're usually paying an obvious premium on one of either three things:
Fabric (Loro Piana, Cucinelli)
Styling (Thom Browne, Dior)
Some you pay all three... Kiton, RLPL
Sidenote: It's crazy to see the responses to TB, love or hate. Me, it's respect. I get what he is trying to do, but realize it's not for everyone. Also, I don't think most people seem to understand the high level of quality in his suits and the great fabrics he uses.