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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

What would be the sound effect for the SF rebuttal video?[/B]

The sound of a fine boar bristle brush.... wipin dirt off a jacket shoulder. YOU GOTTA GET, THAT, DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER. YOU GOTTA GET, THAT, DIRT OFF YOUR SPALLA CAMCIA.

http://youtu.be/U_C791egEsc
Edited by jrd617 - 11/3/11 at 3:57pm
post #77 of 264
Well put!
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Edited by F. Corbera - 11/5/11 at 6:47am
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I just thought that I would alert you guys to a great article in the Wall Street Journal (a Rupert Murdoch publication) today.
The article reports that the brand cachet of StyleForvm became extremely diluted when this thread was created.
I am not sure that I entirely agree with the article's conjecture, but the brand has definitely been diluted and the author makes a convincing case that this thread is part of it.
Good read. If you are a Polo Ralph Lauren-wearer, and can't afford the WSJ, copies are often discarded on the subway. You'll still need a token or good leaping ability, though.

Link? wink.gif
post #80 of 264
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I think there absolutely has been brand dilution. When someone asks, it's just not the same to tell someone your Darlton's are from Ralph Lauren, which is pedestrian, b/c 99% of the population does not know there are different RL lines/calibers, and 99% of the population owns some sort of mall/outlet "Ralph Lauren" article...vs. telling them they are some out of reach obscure English shoe brand they have never heard of (C&J) . Let's face it....

have to admit you have made a good point...

this is even more significant overseas ... In south america (Argentina - and we have plenty of Polo players/pseudo celebrities) 99.99% of people (even those in the upper social classes) could not tell the difference between RLPL, Black Label, RLBL, PRL, Lauren, etc. Hell they'd think the cashmere RLPL suit you are wearing is similar in quality to the crap they just bought at the outlet store...

so in a way I agree that the brand has been diluted but then again, he has been able to successfully retain his upper tier market so that to some extent (and at different levels) the whole brand is perceived as high quality by most people...
post #81 of 264
Honesty time: I've long known that Black and Purple Labels were of outstanding quality, but I really thought Polo was just overpriced trash. I had no idea about the quality of their footwear and tailored clothing until I joined SF.
post #82 of 264
This has given me an idea for a purple/black label ralph lauren rap video.
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Edited by F. Corbera - 11/5/11 at 6:48am
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

Sorry, as implied in my earlier post, I read it in the printed version. It's in today's WSJ "Internet Menswear Fora" section, the one with all the Zimmerli underwear ads, dotted line pocket square origami instructions, and office pants tutorials.
Would you be so kind as to help me with something? I just want to be absolutely certain that I know what the OP means by a "prole." I've been trying to piece this together all day, even consulting Wikipedia.
As far as I can tell, a "prole" might be a man who does not launder his shirts between several "wears."
Am I close?
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Isn't that what they called the aliens in District 9? That would make sense, because if the aliens were to wear PRL, it would definitely lessen the discerning appeal of the higher Ralph Lauren labels biggrin.gif
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Am I close?
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Thisclose.
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Edited by F. Corbera - 11/5/11 at 6:48am
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

I just thought that I would alert you guys to a great article in the Wall Street Journal (a Rupert Murdoch publication) today.
The article reports that the brand cachet of StyleForvm became extremely diluted when this thread was created.
I am not sure that I entirely agree with the article's conjecture, but the brand has definitely been diluted and the author makes a convincing case that this thread is part of it.
Good read. If you are a Polo Ralph Lauren-wearer, and can't afford the WSJ, copies are often discarded on the subway. You'll still need a token or good leaping ability, though.

As a Polo Ralph Lauren-wearer, I can attest they can also often be found in parks, though one must be careful to make sure the fellow underneath is fully asleep.

This thread was worth if it only for R's description of how he drops his bombs on the proles. I can only hope that one day someone, somewhere, will look at me straight faced and say: "These are Hendrick & Jones. Only made in England."
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This thread was worth if it only for R's description of how he drops his bombs on the proles. I can only hope that one day someone, somewhere, will look at me straight faced and say: "These are Hendrick & Jones. Only made in England."

I think you don't understand the intent.
Telling them you're wearing Hendrick & Jones is meaningless to them, since they have not heard of the brand.
So, it is more instructive and educational to simply tell them they are an English brand.
If they actually want to know more specifics, I'm more than happy to share details
This indicates to the layman they are not for general sale in the USA, and that they have a good eye for noticing your uncommon shoes.

Speaking of which, I got 4-5 comments about my outfit today, and I haven't even gone to my dinner party yet.
I BEEN HAD Darlton's! I BEEN HAD Mabitex! I BEEN HAD Trafalgar! I BEEN HAD Brooks Brothers! I BEEN HAD RLPL knitted tie!
Edited by Reevolving - 11/4/11 at 2:15pm
post #89 of 264
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I think you don't understand the intent.

I certainly agree with this part.
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Telling them you're wearing Hendrick & Jones is meaningless to them, since they have not heard of the brand.
So, it is more instructive and educational to simply tell them they are an English brand.
If they actually want to know more specifics, I'm more than happy to share details
This indicates to the layman they are not for general sale in the USA, and that they have a good eye for noticing your uncommon shoes.

I too like to reward the little people for having admired my good taste. But one must be vigilant to not give them false hope they could rise above their circumstance. Such shoes, after all, are not for general sale in the USA.
post #90 of 264
Thread Starter 
In that case, maybe you can find another thread that is easier to understand for you.
That way, you'll even be able to contribute, instead of just getting in the way with confused questions!
Good luck!
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