Here's hoping they make D&S less shitty mall-brand-like and move it a little more in the Rugby/RRL direction, quality wise at least. I'm always so underwhelmed when I come across most D&S stuff, jeans being the exception.
CM does sell Made in America lines of suits which are quite nicely made, and while it definitely isn't Caruso (but I never managed to find a Caruso/Rugby suit I missed that boat and found Rugby too late) or Caruso quality/cut, they're still quite nice. They also get discounted fairly regularly, which is even better
What I really like about CM vs Rugby is the lack of Huge tacky branding/logos that covered a lot of Rugby items that would have been killer if not for that. My opinion, it's the branding/logos that killed Rugby. You can't charge upmarket prices on classier pieces, slap huge ugly logos everywhere of a brand without much heritage or prestige or anything and then expect people to line up to buy. If you wanted that, you'd buy those awful PRL polo that all the tasteless rich people seem to love (I'm looking at you obnoxious Guido/Arab guys with your supercars/BroMW M//3s and receding hairlines).
Does anyone know if the brick & mortar stores are still open? I know they've already closed in some places (I think Chicago?), but I'll be back in NYC soon and I want to see if I can go snag some gems that aren't online.
Well I wasn't a fan of the gothic R logo, but the skulls, crests, emblems etc... i was a big fan of, even if most of the stuff I got didn't have em. I have a few PRL regular and big pony polos, It's just a classic/sporty look and fit to it that I enjoy when going out in the summer. Although, I think it was pretty much made for me in terms of style/fit, and doesn't work for everyone.
NYC/Boston/Georgetown should still be open. The rest i'm not sure, but most are closing fast.
Also, the demise of Rugby, from what I understand, had little to do with the numbers, and more to do with consolidating product lines.