I was walking through Saks the other day during their "second cut sale" looking for some shirts and pants on sale. After looking through some stuff, I came across the David Chu space. Remembering The Sartorialists' pics and write up on the "new" David Chu brand, I decided to take a look. I was pleasantly surprised enough that I picked up 4 shirts, marked down to $90 from $185. Saks is currently the only US retailer carrying David Chu. I would say that the clothes are a direct competitor to Ralph Lauren's Purple Label although Chu's influences are much more Italian than English. I found the shirts to be at least as well made as the RLPL stuff. Ties were mostly very thick four folds with great construction and silks, a little bit thinner (width) than I've worn but heads and tails above RLPL ties. The ties retail for $150. Suits and sportjackets seem to be canvassed with fused lapels, although I could be wrong about the lapels. Lapels do have a great roll though and the cut of the suits is on the slim side. Pick stitching, contrast linings, side vents, high gorge and button placement, pretty nice construction throughout. Dress pants ($300 or so retail) are in the Incotex/Borrelli mold. I found the retail prices a smidgen high (I'm spoiled by ebay, Lance etc) given that it's the launch of the brand but relative to some established players, David Chu provides a lot more value. Below are some shirt pics. The bad is that there is no pattern matching, buttons are not shanked and the button down collar shirts have a box pleat but dress shirts have side pleats, french cuff shirts have no placket button and the collars on both the button down and spreads is really nice. The button down has a real nice roll. Sorry for the bad pics.
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7/6/06 at 10:10pm