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post #16 of 17
Many wool pants are only partially lined anyway; unless you live in a frigid climate, your lighter weight wools would lose much of their breathability with full lining. Living part of the year in Japan, I have lots of pairs of tropical weight wool slacks that are unlined or only partially lined. No baggy knees, but luckily I don't suffocate in them either.

And these are suits from Zegna, Belvest, Rafaelle Caruso, etc.

Anyway, I give up on this thread. I understand your point that you were shocked by your expectations of a high-fashion brand and what you actually encountered, but none of the things you mentioned actually mark out a low-quality pair of pants. In fact, what you mentioned seems to be a personal choice and not necessarily anything indicative of quality, cut, design, etc. And, I'm still not completely convinced that what you were seeing wasn't in some way a sample, a factory second, etc. After all, Filene's Basement isn't an authorized Prada retailer.

For example, I have only one pair of suit pants that have a "no-slip shirt band" in them, and that is in an Armani Collezioni, which I myself would say is about the lowest-quality suit I own.
post #17 of 17
Originally Posted by rach2jlc
Umm... what? Prada was founded in 1913 but has had a menswear line only since the mid to late 1990's. It's claim to fame as a RTW design house was BECAUSE of its innovative use of synthetic fabrics, blending elements of sportswear into dressier fare. I have a techno fabric suit that I suppose you would find deplorable, yet it is manufactured by Belvest and is fully canvassed with bemberg linings etc etc etc.

Prada never wanted, nor wants to be Oxxford, Kiton, Borelli, etc. There is a definite design aesthetic at Prada that fits with many people, regardless of what we want to say about quality or pricing. In the past 2-3 years, YES, they've lowered the quality. Until the past two or three years, their quality was among the best in the entire industry, with a few exceptions. But, overall, they used the same garment makers and fabric mills as Hermes, LV, etc. As well, even with their newer lowered quality, they are by no means worse than any other designer. And, in many cases, they still make many excellent items.

Again, I'm not trying to defend Prada as though they do nothing wrong, but many of these posts are misinformed at best and plain wrong at worst. They show a bias that is a little frustrating; 10000 posts of Kiton and Oxxford worship are just fine, but is it too much to ask for a little open-mindedness when it comes to a designer?

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