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post #46 of 70
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Originally Posted by JN41 View Post
This is hearsay, but I once heard that Burberry actually *destroys* any surplus merchandise every season /year in order to ensure that nothing is reduced to sale/clearance bins, and thereby protecting the exclusivity and "prestige" of the brand.

On one hand, this could be completely false. On the other, it could even be common among high end design houses. Does anyone here have first-hand knowledge of the fashion industry?

Nearly all of my nicer clothes are Burberry, purchased at a local outlet, since closed.

All the men's stuff was either "London", often made in USA with a slightly boxy fit, or nicer stuff made in Italy with a very slender fit. The labels were indeed black on the nicest items. There were also a lot of samples if I recall.

Several things I bought (an italian wool/linen suit and a black wool/mohair jacket) were marked >$1200 full retail, reduced to around $200.
post #47 of 70
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Originally Posted by JN41 View Post
This is hearsay, but I once heard that Burberry actually *destroys* any surplus merchandise every season /year in order to ensure that nothing is reduced to sale/clearance bins, and thereby protecting the exclusivity and "prestige" of the brand.

On one hand, this could be completely false. On the other, it could even be common among high end design houses. Does anyone here have first-hand knowledge of the fashion industry?

Almost every retailer does this. Even H&M destroys their old merch.
post #48 of 70
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Originally Posted by JN41 View Post
This is hearsay, but I once heard that Burberry actually *destroys* any surplus merchandise every season /year in order to ensure that nothing is reduced to sale/clearance bins, and thereby protecting the exclusivity and "prestige" of the brand.

This may or may not have any substance to it with regard to certain brands (nothing by Louis Vuitton ever goes on sale as far as I am aware, and I'm uncertain about Chanel) but the vast majority of brands -- certainly including Burberry, Brioni, Kiton, Tom Ford, Dolce, Prada, etc etc. -- DO end up on sale and can be had at discount.

For what little it's worth, every time that I can recall hearing the story about recalling and destroying merchandise it has been with reference to Prada glasses/sunglasses, certainly not their clothes and I'm not sure if it's even true of the eyewear.
post #49 of 70
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Originally Posted by jc1234 View Post
If you can live without the fancy label and name dropping, you can get custom made sweaters of much finer quality for much less. In fact, my favorite fisherman's sweaters are custom made to my measurements in Otavalo and are of better quality than any sweaters I have purchased for well over 100.00 in the US and Ireland and they cost me $125.00 for 4 including shipping. Custom made clothing and outerwear is always the way to go...its better quality and usually its cheaper than name brand shockingly. Years ago, I realized that when you buy from large manufacturers, the most expensive part of the item is usually the label.
I too am interested in the Ecuadorian fellow that makes your sweaters...a quick ebay search wasn't very helpful. Could you give us a nudge by sharing his store name/user name?
Thank you.
post #50 of 70
OK, I am not going to read x pages of back-and-forth on something that is stunningly simple: Burberry is expensive because their prices are what the market will bare. Period. Full stop. That's how everything is priced - not on how much it costs to produce.
post #51 of 70
Burberry destroying merch to maintain exclusivity is absolute baloney. They are one of the most over saturated "designer" brands in the world, and found in every clearance center until they are marked down there to giveaway prices.
post #52 of 70
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Yes Otavalo, the city famous for their wool and wool products. There is a gentleman who sells direct from Otavalo on ebay, but if you buy 3 or more sweaters he will have them custom made in the style, color, and measurements you wish. At least he did that for me. They will last forever.

Could you post the name of the gentleman?
post #53 of 70
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Originally Posted by sho'nuff View Post
that's just the price you pay for certain items from luxury labels. if they were all priced low then ever single avg joe would own one then the term 'luxury' wouldnt define the label anymore. has to have some sort of air of exclusivity.

+100.
post #54 of 70
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Originally Posted by SeaGriffin View Post
I too am interested in the Ecuadorian fellow that makes your sweaters...a quick ebay search wasn't very helpful. Could you give us a nudge by sharing his store name/user name?
Thank you.

Agreed, sounds like a fantastic resource.
post #55 of 70
Their shirts are medium quality and around 130 euros. Overpriced for such a quality.
post #56 of 70
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Originally Posted by bananananana View Post
Almost every retailer does this. Even H&M destroys their old merch.
I remember the local news did an "expose" on H&M's (I think it was H&M) practice of throwing out unsold clothing. The angle to the news piece was "Why not donate the clothing to a charitable organization that can distribute it to the needy."
post #57 of 70

Definitely , the quality of every single trench coat produced is beyond compare. The stitching, the fabric, the brand, all intwine in what makes Burberry a legendary company that proudly stand behind it clothing, specifically the trench coat in this case. I highly recommend that if you buy any Burberry product, it should be it's trench coat. They complimentary alter it if you have any fit problems, and if something were to happen to it, say loose stitching (highly improbable) or a rip somewhere, they will happily fix the issue or replace your coat entirely, so it's kind of like you have a lifetime warranty on it. And for the price your paying for it, that is very relieving to know. Whenever you get the chance to, purchase one (or more). I promise, you will not regret it. 

post #58 of 70
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Originally Posted by Mason Rodriguez View Post

Definitely , the quality of every single trench coat produced is beyond compare. The stitching, the fabric, the brand, all intwine in what makes Burberry a legendary company that proudly stand behind it clothing, specifically the trench coat in this case. I highly recommend that if you buy any Burberry product, it should be it's trench coat. They complimentary alter it if you have any fit problems, and if something were to happen to it, say loose stitching (highly improbable) or a rip somewhere, they will happily fix the issue or replace your coat entirely, so it's kind of like you have a lifetime warranty on it. And for the price your paying for it, that is very relieving to know. Whenever you get the chance to, purchase one (or more). I promise, you will not regret it. 

Was that a Burberry ad? Weird to resurrect an old thread for this. I can summarize an answer for the original poster:

  • Burberry Brit and Sport -- Complete crap
  • Burberry London -- Not top of the line quality, but passable, you're paying for the designer and the cuts. Won't have big logos, so you're good on that front
  • Burberry Prorsum -- Some great pieces (knitwear, jackets, and trousers) with some oddities thrown in to ruin things
post #59 of 70
Wouldn't pay a bean for it, I detest Nova Check with a passion.
post #60 of 70
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

Wouldn't pay a bean for it, I detest Nova Check with a passion.

That's haute that you know it's called "Nova" Check.
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