Originally Posted by kcgreg
Can you give me an idea or pics of the handiwork and detail of Oxxford, Brioni & Borrelli? I would really like to know the difference. Thanks a lot.
Well, Tomasso has provided an excellent description of Oxxford, and why so many men consider them to be the very best trousers. I guess I forgot Kiton in my short list of top-grade trousers. Anyway, all of these could have small details examples of which would be things like a belt-prong loop to keep the belt centered in the waistband and hand-done pick stitching around the pockets. In addition, you'd probably find the treatment of belt loops a little more finely-done and finished-looking with both ends tucked neatly under. The seams might be more carefully done. In all likelihood, the wool would just look finer. It might be of the same yarn number as found in lesser trousers (say 100s), but it will almost certainly be of higher quality--particularly, I would think, with Kiton, Borrelli, and Brioni, who have access to the very best Italian wools. When I put my Zanella trousers up against my Borrellis, the latter just look to be of finer quality.
However, none of this is to suggest that Zanella trousers are of poor quality. They're not; they're very good. And once you go beyond this quality level, there's not one person in 1000 who could tell the difference--unless, perhaps, we were considering members of this forum!
What's probably of greater importance than these details (some of which can be added by a good alterations tailor) is the line and fit vis-a-vis your particular body form. The Borrelli trousers I've seen have tended to be quite slim-cut, for example, and, although I like that, it certainly isn't for everyone. As I mentioned earlier, with Zanella, there's a slimness-fullness continuum that you need to take into account. Even the very best Kiton trousers will look terrible if the cut is all wrong for the man wearing them, whereas a pair of inexpensive Hugo Boss Dr. Hooks (which I have several pairs of and really like) may look great on that man, even though they lack the refinements of higher-quality trousers.