Originally Posted by CoryB
What determines the quality and thus price of pants. For suits and sport coats I can more readily see the differences. What makes a Brioni pant better than a Incotex? And both better than Brooks Brothers? Also what differeniates $800 Brioni pants from $500 Brioni pants? I would assume the brand name gives Brioni a boost, but Incotex holds none of the cache yet still demands high prices.
I'm not sure Brioni is necessarily better than Incotex (e.g., a 150s Brioni vs. a 150s Incotex Sartoriale). Among other factors, a garment's price involves cost of fabric, quality of construction, labor costs, marketing costs, etc. Brioni, from what I can tell, probably has much higher marketing costs than Incotex. Anyone ever seen an Incotex advertisement or an Incotex retail store?
By the way, I'm a big fan of nice slacks and I am convinced that, once worn, it's difficult to go back to lesser slacks. For example, heavier weight wool slacks by Oxxford are sublime in the colder months -- they hang beautifully, are warm, are obviously well-made, and come in dozens and dozens of fabrics, from the ordinary grays to fantastically unique herringbones and plaids. In warmer months, it's hard to beat ultralight wool slacks from Incotex. And, all are regularly available at less than full retail price if you know where to look -- Ebay, Neiman-Marcus's Last Call sale, Saks' "Take One/Two," etc. sales.