Originally Posted by Meis
suggestion - when posting the brand Y that the person might like, provide a link to websites/stores that stock that brand.
It's a good suggestion, but a lot of these brands don't have much distribution outside of their domestic markets. For example, I think that Barneys now carries Closed, but that's been a pretty big brand in the EU for years. When Nudie was only carried in a few stores in the US, it was already at saturation point in Scandanavia. Bergen, which is a large city only by Norwegian standards (I think that the total area has something like 250K residents,) had about a dozen stores selling Nudie at that point. Those Japanese brands - I think that Rakuten and zozo may be the only places that might ship to the States - maybe.
I strongly suggest that if you don't have the means to travel a lot, that you look at affiliates like Wrong Weather and Dressspace, and other online retailers, and just take a chance on something. The easiest way to experiment is just to browse through Yoox, and take a chance, especially during sales. At worst, you'll be out a little cash. At best, you'll find stuff you like.
Part of the reason I started this thread is because, although Styleforum has readers and members globally, a lot of people stick to the brands that are widely available through US (and to a lesser extent) UK based retailers, with notable exceptions like TBS and Luisa via Roma.
Common Projects, WWM, Band of Outsiders are all housed under one roof. Rag&Bone is a 5 minute cab ride away. Engineered Garments and RRL are just a little north. A lot of the other brands we talk about show at Capsule, or have American representation. We see very little of the brands that don't travel across the pond (Pacific or Atlantic.) It'd be really nice to see that.