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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by Tomasso
I believe that the former controls(owns) the latter.
Hermes also controls Leica, and a whole lineup of niche luxury-type firms. And of course, John Lobb. It's really rather cynical when you think about it.
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Hermes also controls Leica, and a whole lineup of niche luxury-type firms. And of course, John Lobb.

It's really rather cynical when you think about it.


There seems to be a prevalent model with the French/Swiss groups.
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
Okay -after everybody stops throwing tomatoes at the idea. Whats wrong with this Jacket from Banana Republic - $450?
Nice looking jacket. BTW, I heard that Belstaff completely stopped making motorcycle clothing and is all fashion now. That would explain their major PR campaign including Mr. Sane himself over the last couple years.
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Hermes, and Seraphin are a bit redundant since the latter makes for the former, at least now.

That is true.

I also want to add that Hermes leather jacket doesn't change much from season to season. Occasionally they will have a special piece or two. Such as lizard skin biker jacket in 2003 Fall/Winter I believe, and this year's red croc jacket, which NY Hermes has one for 68,000 USD. Although I do not know how anyone can get away with wearing one (in red color), it is one of those things that only looks good in shows or ads.
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by tom2517
That is true.

I also want to add that Hermes leather jacket doesn't change much from season to season. Occasionally they will have a special piece or two. Such as lizard skin biker jacket in 2003 Fall/Winter I believe, and this year's red croc jacket, which NY Hermes has one for 68,000 USD. Although I do not know how anyone can get away with wearing one (in red color), it is one of those things that only looks good in shows or ads.
I really liked that lizard skin moto jacket.
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
Okay -after everybody stops throwing tomatoes at the idea. Whats wrong with this Jacket from Banana Republic - $450?

The leather is not very good.

Hermes is probably the right answer, short of any little-known artisanal maker. I've seen nice coats from Marc Jacobs, Kiton, Dior Homme, and some others, but the quality is not at the level of Hermes. Just like with suits, though, fit is still the most important, and sacrificing a bit of quality for a better looking jacket is a good idea in my book.
post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by whoopee
The leather is not very good.

Hermes is probably the right answer, short of any little-known artisanal maker. I've seen nice coats from Marc Jacobs, Kiton, Dior Homme, and some others, but the quality is not at the level of Hermes. Just like with suits, though, fit is still the most important, and sacrificing a bit of quality for a better looking jacket is a good idea in my book.


Yes, you nailed it. I think cut and fit goes before the quality of material.
post #38 of 44
Hermes leatherwear starting price is $5K, no?
post #39 of 44
Anyone tried Andrew Marc, perchance?
post #40 of 44
I have worn an Avirex G-2 for fifteen years. Love it more all the time. Heavy, warm, enough pockets. People literally stop me on the street to compliment its age and wear. Hope to keep it another fifteen years.
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by meaculpa
Anyone tried Andrew Marc, perchance?

I recently purchased a nice one in a large however, when it arrived it was EXTREMELY LARGE. I did however like the look and feel of the leather and will look for another.
post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by johnapril
Hermes leatherwear starting price is $5K, no?


The special ones has always been very expensive, 5k+ or 10k+. But lately I have noticed their basic ones have move passed 5k as well.

So yes, I would say they pretty much start at 5k now.
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by tom2517
The special ones has always been very expensive, 5k+ or 10k+. But lately I have noticed their basic ones have move passed 5k as well.

So yes, I would say they pretty much start at 5k now.

Current Bergdorf catalog has a Seraphin overcoat in tan shearling for $3,595
post #44 of 44
I don't own any leather jackets, but I do have several suede jackets and a suede shirt. I would say that the quality of Bergdorf''s own label is very high, as is John Varvatos and Koch (Turkish company, can be found in the grand bazar and is well known). As for companies I don't own, RLPL's suede and leather is top notch. To those who think Hermes is the best out there (and it is among the best, I grant you), I would put up some of the RLPL, Luciano Barbera and Brioni suedes I have seen any day. Hermes may be the best, but if I stripped out the labels I think most people would have a very difficult time telling who's who (at least as far as suede goes).
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