I wouldn't say that people were "bemoaning" the price. I think the discussion was in part about value. Having worked in the industry for years I can say that the things I generally look at are style, quality and value. At some point value plays into it and when you're comparing Cabourn to another brand that is "similar" then it can and probably should be considered. Besides, the thread isn't getting hijacked.
As for the AW12 Collection, I was thinking of changing the discussion earlier today and saying we should post the piece we're most looking forward to getting. I had a hard time narrowing it down though. It's not just because I like x amount of pieces either. Don't get me wrong, I do, but IMO it's in part because it's similar across the board. The colors, the styles, the details. I mean there are how many parkas and some are very close. I also think the Collection seems a bit too similar to what we've seen before. I mean the Cameramen look nearly identical to last season's. In a way I'm happy about that as I would like a Navy Cameraman, but on the flip side I was hoping for something that looked a bit different. Of course you've for the limited edition pieces, but theyr'e of course the highest in price. Anyway, Cameraman aside (and a Mallory as well), the pieces I like are:
Frank Debenham Seaman Coat
My concern with the Seaman coat though is that it'll be quite boxy. Also like the Edgar Evans Antarctic Smock Jacket
My knock on the smock jacket though is that it's plaid (yes, I get the historical aspect). Love the details at the hood though. Worried the fit will be really oversized though.
Looking at the Authentic Collection, I like the Short Puffa Jacket in any color/combination: