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post #271 of 337
The only RL I have right now is a bi-swing jacket. It's not bad for mild cool weather and goes with most everything.

My favorite, however, is Armani, and I have a ton of it. I own six or seven sport coats, a DB light gray suit, slacks, and a number of ties.
post #272 of 337
So are even the small pony logos frowned upon then, for the custom fit polo shirts?
post #273 of 337
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Not for me. On polos I think it's perfectly acceptable.

Well hello there Bristol.
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post #275 of 337
Rampant "pony" branding on everything, douchey models, high markups, mixed quality (for PRL). I'll stick with BB.
post #276 of 337
Can anyone speak of the quality of RL leather jackets?
post #277 of 337
I have always liked Ralph Lauren clothing. I own many Polo branded things. I have at least 4x Polo branded Polo Shirts, 3x Polo Dress Shirts and 1x Polo Tie. I go for Polo cause you can the stuff on sale at a cheap price at Macy's. I wait till Macy's reduces Polo Shirts to $19.99. This weekend at Macy's they are having a Fall Sale. I was able to get a Polo Causual Shirt for $16 not including tax and that was with the 20% Savings Pass. Normally they sell for $90. We have a Marshall's that sells plenty of polo stuff but I find I can get Polo stuff cheaper at Macy's. I have noticed at Marshall's once they get reduced to $20 that's when the Polo branded shirts sell. They also had some striped Polo branded Polo Shirts marked down to $20. I would buy from other brands in the same price range such as Lacoste, Hugo Boss, etc. but you cannot find that stuff very cheap. The best I could do was get a Lacoste Polo at our Macy's for around $22 and that was a couple of months ago. I thought I got a good deal because the best price Nordstrom's had was about $50 for a Lacoste Polo which is more than I want to pay for something like that.
post #278 of 337
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Rampant "pony" branding on everything, douchey models, high markups, mixed quality (for PRL). I'll stick with BB.
+1. The ubiquitous pony branding on Polo clothing sucks. It makes one look like a frat boy tool. Ralph Lauren's blueprint is essentially to copy Brooks Brothers anyway. Might as well go Brooks Brothers and skip the over the top Polo pony branding.
post #279 of 337
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Rampant "pony" branding on everything, douchey models, high markups, mixed quality (for PRL). I'll stick with BB.

Simply not true. Their best stuff has no branding: shoes, PL, BL, wool items

I own about 4 shirts, 4 pairs of shoes, 2 jackets and 5 sweaters, only 1 item has a pony on it (lambswool sweater). The rest, people always ask me who made it
post #280 of 337
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+1. The ubiquitous pony branding on Polo clothing sucks. It makes one look like a frat boy tool. Ralph Lauren's blueprint is essentially to copy Brooks Brothers anyway. Might as well go Brooks Brothers and skip the over the top Polo pony branding.
Polo does not put the pony on suits, trousers and dress shirts. BB does put its logo on some sports shirts. Polo may copy some of BB's clothing from 60 years ago but now their styles are quite distant. Polo goes for traditional American style with an English twist, whilst BB goes for modern American style that takes English traditions and messes them up. I go to Polo because I want forward-pleated trousers, something BB no longer makers. RL polos have a better fit and their suits are much nicer. BB can no longer do a natural shoulder like Polo does. And Ralph doesn't do the non-iron junk that BB pushes so much.
post #281 of 337
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Polo does not put the pony on suits, trousers and dress shirts. BB does put its logo on some sports shirts. Polo may copy some of BB's clothing from 60 years ago but now their styles are quite distant. Polo goes for traditional American style with an English twist, whilst BB goes for modern American style that takes English traditions and messes them up. I go to Polo because I want forward-pleated trousers, something BB no longer makers. RL polos have a better fit and their suits are much nicer. BB can no longer do a natural shoulder like Polo does. And Ralph doesn't do the non-iron junk that BB pushes so much.
These are valid points. I've seen some nice suits and sport coats that they make and liked them. Suits, sport coats and slacks withstanding, a lot of the other Polo stuff is pony-branded, which for me sullies the clothing with an unwanted undercurrent of bourgeois pretension. Even outerwear is polo branded. A hooded windbreaker, leather windbreaker or Baracuta G9 rip-off imitation by Polo has that damned Polo logo emblazoned on the front. Even leather! It just looks so poser-ish with that silly logo.
post #282 of 337
Oh, and they even slap that damn Polo logo on their belts too. Classy.
post #283 of 337
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Oh, and they even slap that damn Polo logo on their belts too. Classy.

Ehh, they have the logos on most lower-end/for-department-store items. Because that's what most customers of those stores look for.
post #284 of 337
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Ehh, they have the logos on most lower-end/for-department-store items. Because that's what most customers of those stores look for.

I think there's a lot of truth to this that many SFers may not realize. I was talking to my sister recently about clothing, and somehow we got into discussing a similar topic. I mentioned that I preferred RL clothing without the pony logo for two reasons. #1, I don't want to be a walking billboard. #2, most RL clothing without the pony is of a higher quality than the clothing with a logo.

After making this declaration, she looked at me like I had three heads. To her way of thinking, you should want the logo to sport it as a status symbol. Nevermind that I think most people could swing at least one $75 shirt with a logo, I think a lot of people think along similar lines.
post #285 of 337
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Originally Posted by hobscrk777 View Post
I think there's a lot of truth to this that many SFers may not realize. I was talking to my sister recently about clothing, and somehow we got into discussing a similar topic. I mentioned that I preferred RL clothing without the pony logo for two reasons. #1, I don't want to be a walking billboard. #2, most RL clothing without the pony is of a higher quality than the clothing with a logo.

After making this declaration, she looked at me like I had three heads. To her way of thinking, you should want the logo to sport it as a status symbol. Nevermind that I think most people could swing at least one $75 shirt with a logo, I think a lot of people think along similar lines.

And thus Mr. Lauren has built a financial empire on the foundation of that very common bourgeois status mindset.
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