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post #16 of 68
I've had the same experience with the clothing at the Polo outlets.
post #17 of 68
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Originally Posted by kitonbrioni
I've had the same experience with the clothing at the Polo outlets.

That it sucks?
post #18 of 68
Certainly... a friend of mine works at a shop and she told me they have an special stock for the sale period... with tags displaying high prices so when you buy it you'd say WOW, I got 70% off on this !
post #19 of 68
Neiman Marcus Outlets and Saks 5th Outlets have great Polo discount apparel
that is great quality. I brought a 200$ Robert Graham shirt for 50$
post #20 of 68
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Originally Posted by lakewolf
Certainly... a friend of mine works at a shop and she told me they have an special stock for the sale period... with tags displaying high prices so when you buy it you'd say WOW, I got 70% off on this !


My current employer makes clothing for several "Branded" outlet stores. This practice is not common amongest just the desingers or "better" labels but is the norm in the industry.

Think about it....if you had 200+ outlet stores like a Polo how can you have enough seconds, overruns, or obsolete product across every catagory to fill the stores?

In the old days when product was produced here in the USA or in nearby counrties like Mexico or the Dominican Republic the allowable seconds was like 3% of an cutting or order. When my former company made product for Polo they would take up to 3% seconds at a reduced price. Anything over that we were responsible for...Today with most product being made in Asia or the sub continent you only ship first quality product to the states. So there is vertually no seconds in teh USA...unless a quality issue is discovered once the goods arrive in the warehouse.

BTW Old Navy is nothing more than cheap inferior Gap, etc...
post #21 of 68
I went to the Barney's New York outlet, and all I saw was Banrey's House Brand stuff. There was maybe two tables of designer over stock, and the rest was all Barney's suits and Barneys shoes (with the labels glued on all crooked). Irritataing in the extreme.
post #22 of 68
I've always suspected that some of the stuff at the Polo outlet is made just for the outlet (given the number of outlets and the conformity amongst the usual merchandise found at each, it seems unlikely that they all stock retail store overruns). That said, I've had good luck with my purchases there (everything from shirts to trousers to underpants to socks). The quality may be inferior, but I've yet to have anything fall apart on me. It all seems to wear pretty well in my experience.
post #23 of 68
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Originally Posted by rgpuppy
BTW Old Navy is nothing more than cheap inferior Gap, etc...

And Gap is nothing more than cheap, inferior Banana Republic... which lays bare the fundemental problem with the Gap's business model. When there's an Old Navy next to a Gap next to a Banana Republic, those who can drop a bit of coin go to BR. Those looking to save go to Old Navy. Who goes to the Gap? Nobody, that's who.
post #24 of 68
I think what's happening with the Polo outlet is ebay sellers scooping up the best stuff. There are a number of people on ebay who have very good deals on polo merch, like this (somewhat ridiculous) blue label red corduroy hacking jacket


http://cgi.ebay.com/Ralph-Lauren-850...ayphotohosting

I'm SURE that was an outlet buy.
post #25 of 68
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JBZ and anyone else who's bought blue label from the Polo outlet: Were the shirts/jeans/whatever (I'm going to be looking at polo shirts and maybe jeans) comparable to dept. store Polo product? In comfort/looks? Did they fall apart? Or are they only slightly inferior somehow that I won't notice? I'm a college student - I've never worn RLPL and won't in the near future. I am, however, the kind of student who would rather pay retail price for 4 Polos than get 8 discounted Polos that do not fit as well or are less comfortable.
post #26 of 68
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Originally Posted by aspriel
What practice? Wanting to pay less for designer clothes?
Is that a serious question? (No coffee yet this morning, so my irony detectors are not fully charged.) Presumably, he means the practice of creating lower-quality merchandise specifically to sell in "outlet" stores to people who think they're getting a good deal on one's "regular" merchandise.
post #27 of 68
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Originally Posted by aspriel
JBZ and anyone else who's bought blue label from the Polo outlet:

Were the shirts/jeans/whatever (I'm going to be looking at polo shirts and maybe jeans) comparable to dept. store Polo product? In comfort/looks? Did they fall apart? Or are they only slightly inferior somehow that I won't notice?

I'm a college student - I've never worn RLPL and won't in the near future. I am, however, the kind of student who would rather pay retail price for 4 Polos than get 8 discounted Polos that do not fit as well or are less comfortable.

I've noticed no inferiority in the products I've purchased. All of the polo style shirts I've bought have held up well. I've also purchased khakis, one pair of linen trousers, socks, and underwear, and have had no problems. I haven't purchased any jeans.
post #28 of 68
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Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
And Gap is nothing more than cheap, inferior Banana Republic... which lays bare the fundemental problem with the Gap's business model. When there's an Old Navy next to a Gap next to a Banana Republic, those who can drop a bit of coin go to BR. Those looking to save go to Old Navy. Who goes to the Gap? Nobody, that's who.
See, I disagree. For basics (i.e., chinos and oxfords for school, some sweaters, etc.) I find BR overpriced and overwrought in its styling. On the other hand, Old Navy tries so hard (and yet so ineffectively) to be "current" that it's impossible to find normal shit there, not to mention the construction quality.

Gap, on the other hand, fits comfortably in the middle. They always have basics that don't try to be something they're not (ala BR) and yet are of serviceable quality.
post #29 of 68
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Originally Posted by chorse123
I think what's happening with the Polo outlet is ebay sellers scooping up the best stuff. There are a number of people on ebay who have very good deals on polo merch, like this (somewhat ridiculous) blue label red corduroy hacking jacket...
I'm SURE that was an outlet buy.

You're probably right - the Bicester outlet currently has vast quantities of these jackets in various colours (the dark green is quite nice actually but Polo jackets are generally an awful fit on me).

I think the UK outlet situation is different to the US one. Bicester has lots of rubbish (Polo Jeans Company and the like), but surprising amounts of good quality stuff mixed in too. Plenty of Blue Label, plus a good handful of Black Label and some Purple Label. They get this overstock and end of season stuff direct from the Bond Street branch according to staff there. They've just got some new RLPL suits in but currently they aren't being discounted too much (they're at £600 currently but I guarantee they'll fall in the coming months).

I picked up 3 RLPL shirts at outlet just a couple of days ago: two 140s, one 120s, nice colours/patterns too.
post #30 of 68
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Originally Posted by Edward Appleby
See, I disagree. For basics (i.e., chinos and oxfords for school, some sweaters, etc.) I find BR overpriced and overwrought in its styling. On the other hand, Old Navy tries so hard (and yet so ineffectively) to be "current" that it's impossible to find normal shit there, not to mention the construction quality.

Gap, on the other hand, fits comfortably in the middle. They always have basics that don't try to be something they're not (ala BR) and yet are of serviceable quality.

Yes, I pretty much fet all my v neck undershirts, casual socks, shorts, belts and t shirts at the Gap. I also buy about 90% of my 8 year-old's clothing there. Their childrens clothing holds up very well, they have a great range of sizing, and they have wonderfully styled classics for kids. The Gap gets into trouble when it tries to be fashion forward. Their other problem is that they have trained their customer to await the sale that is seemingly always around the corner.
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