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NY Times Critical Shopper Reviews the Gap

post #1 of 22
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/fa...=1&ref=fashion This is so right on target. Once the king of 90's casual fashion, Gap now aimlessly lumbers around trying to appeal to everyone and impressing no one. Patrick Robinson made a huge improvement with the 1969 jeans and now they've fired him. Where are they are going to go now?
post #2 of 22
keep making underwear and socks for people without a uniqlo nearby?
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by nicelynice View Post
keep making underwear and socks for people without a uniqlo nearby?

hahaha Gap is where I got a lot of my underwear through high school and was the only thing I had ever bought from them until I got that down vest this year
post #4 of 22
Who is Patrick Robinson.
post #5 of 22
boring write-up that echoes the same thoughts and opinions of all the other gap editorials i've seen in the last 3-4 years
post #6 of 22
wow, really going out on a limb criticizing Gap...
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by robin View Post
Who is Patrick Robinson.

Whoa, you're still alive?
post #8 of 22
I don't have a problem with Gap. After you factor in the 40% off coupon that floats around every now and then, there are a few good items that are "good enough" given the discounted price.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by nicelynice View Post
keep making underwear and socks for people without a uniqlo nearby?

Is it just me or is their underwear really bad? I picked up some boxer briefs there last year and they were pretty horrible, fabric was shit, I mean markedly worse than merona(target) or hanes.
post #10 of 22
Gap isn't too bad. They've updated their fits, and imo, they're great. Take the slim/tailored fit chinos for example. I tried on a pair of black chinos and they fit great. Nice taper all around. I'd say the fit is better than Uniqlo UVC's. For $50, I wouldn't get them. But with a 40% coupon, it's definitely worth it. Until then, I will continue to wear my green tailored UVC's.
post #11 of 22
Despite the inconsistency with the fit, I like Gap's more recent shirt releases. The diamond and gradient shirts are nice, especially when you can get them on sale.
post #12 of 22
Racks and racks and racks of obligation pieces, browns and blacks and grays and navys. Isn't that why you go to Gap? I guess I never had preconceived notions that Gap ever "dictated taste" in American fashion...
post #13 of 22
^ The Gap khaki -- which was, IIRC, a Mickey Drexler project when he was there -- affected the image of American bizcash forever, mostly in bad ways that have to do with ill-fitting pants with leg openings the size of my waist.
post #14 of 22
1. It's pretty spot on.
2. It's a pussy move - so easy to criticize The GAP.

I want to see The Critical Shopper take on some of the heavies, either fashionista darlings (Atelier - looks like someone never got over reading Goethe in the 11th grade,) uptown stalwarts (Bergdorf Goodman - where trophy wives go to buy their husband's Borrelli sweaters and Incotex trousers so that they can look the same as they did when they were still middle management and wore Alfani and dockers, just with a larger gut.) The best would be if they reviewed a place like Saks - stuck somewhere between middle class and upper middle class - a good place to get a Canali suit, and Dolce&Gabbana leather jacket to match the Seven jeans - because the buyers haven't bothered to follow trends since 2002.
post #15 of 22
Gap isn't that bad. I like their tees, and the chinos and shorts are good for the price, especially with the ridiculous coupons they always have out.
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