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post #226 of 430
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Originally Posted by tween_spirit View Post


Stores hire buyers to pick out what will get "bought" and then sold out of the collections. I'm sure there are plenty of cases where the owner has input as well in smaller operations.



Keep in mind this is their first season carrying this stuff. It's a brand that is very hyped but has little distribution outside of Japan, so they bought a combination of things they know will sell easily (socks, scarves, and hats in trendy but distinct fair isle), and some outerwear that is on the conservative side. While their photos online don't do a good job of presenting the product the 2 jackets are things that will blow you away in person, even if they are a little tame by WM standards. Everything they produce has soooo many little details that just add up into an incredible product.

The way they represent/model their clothing is completely off from the way most people would wear it. I've glossed over many a thing on Context, while somewhere else it would look great.
post #227 of 430
so what is the consensus on mainline shirting? Size up?
post #228 of 430
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Originally Posted by aether View Post

so what is the consensus on mainline shirting? Size up?


TTS... they changed their sizing for this year.. everything is pretty true... though their knits are a bit narrow, and a lot of their shirting is very short.
post #229 of 430

Agreed.

 

Context definitely doesn't do a good job capturing the details of their products and the styling is so bland it's easy to mistake White Mountaineering for a mall brand.

 

Like most Japanese brands, the American stores pick up the boring stuff. There's really not a US-based men's store that carries the crazy yet wearable menswear stuff. Maybe I should get on that...

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Originally Posted by tween_spirit View Post

Keep in mind this is their first season carrying this stuff. It's a brand that is very hyped but has little distribution outside of Japan, so they bought a combination of things they know will sell easily (socks, scarves, and hats in trendy but distinct fair isle), and some outerwear that is on the conservative side. While their photos online don't do a good job of presenting the product the 2 jackets are things that will blow you away in person, even if they are a little tame by WM standards. Everything they produce has soooo many little details that just add up into an incredible product.


 

post #230 of 430
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Originally Posted by dogatemyhw View Post

Agreed.

 

Context definitely doesn't do a good job capturing the details of their products and the styling is so bland it's easy to mistake White Mountaineering for a mall brand.

 

Like most Japanese brands, the American stores pick up the boring stuff. There's really not a US-based men's store that carries the crazy yet wearable menswear stuff. Maybe I should get on that...



 


hah, all the good stuff is in Vancouver.. Roden Gray & Haven.
post #231 of 430
This brand really let me down in person, everything that I've felt stateside that wasn't a gore-tex piece felt really cheap and shitty. Shame. The patchwork blazer is wack feeling and construction was kinda eh, seemed really frail when trying it on. Gore-tex pieces at bergdorf were nice. Overall, pass.
post #232 of 430
Didn't you pick up a vest ? How'd that turn out ?
post #233 of 430
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Originally Posted by scott.m View Post

This brand really let me down in person, everything that I've felt stateside that wasn't a gore-tex piece felt really cheap and shitty. Shame. The patchwork blazer is wack feeling and construction was kinda eh, seemed really frail when trying it on. Gore-tex pieces at bergdorf were nice. Overall, pass.

This makes me really sad
post #234 of 430
My vest is fantastic, but that's a goretex/down filled piece. The items with a substantial fabrication were worth fucking with, but that's it. All wovens feel shit, the knits feel fragile. The trousers were cool though, knit shorts too. In short, it's just another brand IMO. I'd rather spend my money on junya.
post #235 of 430
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My vest is fantastic, but that's a goretex/down filled piece. The items with a substantial fabrication were worth fucking with, but that's it. All wovens feel shit, the knits feel fragile. The trousers were cool though, knit shorts too. In short, it's just another brand IMO. I'd rather spend my money on junya.

Thanks for the input Scott. I'm curious about WM but have never seen it irl. I guess I won't be tempted to order online before I have a real opinion on this brand! I'd rather spend on junya as well but no stores in Montreal have pieces that interest me frown.gif
post #236 of 430
^^ Gotcha. Not really surprinsing since WM rep mostly comes from its technical pieces, the rest kinda feels like filler a bit.
post #237 of 430
I just wouldn't urge you dudes to flow out to drop stacks on this, at least not before you try it on and formulate your own opinion. Some people have varying standards/ preferences. Design is worthless without construction to back it. All I want from them at this point would be a rad shell, that's kinda it. I'm all about pieces that lack longevity, but this shit is like, 2 month timespan IMO.
post #238 of 430
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Originally Posted by scott.m View Post

I just wouldn't urge you dudes to flow out to drop stacks on this, at least not before you try it on and formulate your own opinion. Some people have varying standards/ preferences. Design is worthless without construction to back it. All I want from them at this point would be a rad shell, that's kinda it. I'm all about pieces that lack longevity, but this shit is like, 2 month timespan IMO.

Definetely agree on this. I have an obession on japanese brands and sadly I only have a few that I can actually touch and feel. Without that I can't buy anything online. The first time I felt a JW piece, I jizzed on it and had to buy it immediately (sweater from 09-10 f/w). You can't fake these feelings irl tongue.gif
post #239 of 430

 

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I just wouldn't urge you dudes to flow out to drop stacks on this, at least not before you try it on and formulate your own opinion.

 

Good advice on ANYTHING

 

Disagree with Scott here a bit tho, I think knits etc. feel pretty solid--then again I don't have a closet full of JW to compare it to :)

 

I, too, wouldn't be buying solid basics from WM. Plenty of well-made basics on the market these days. WM's appeal is in the wild stuff. 

post #240 of 430
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I don't think either jw or wm feel impressive.
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