I've read opinions on both and I don't believe they typically get compared head-to-head given the wide discrepancy in pricing. End of season sales though change that. Are the two comparable head-to-head? Just looking at some basic wool flannel dress pants. I definitely appreciate the small touches that HY illustrates in the product photography. I've visited the local BB once, and only to look at the trench coats, so I don't know if the tailoring is comparable or not. I know price is a weak indicator of quality.
Howard Yount or BB Black Fleece?
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The early BF pants were very well constructed and fairly priced at $800. Not sure about construction or pricepoint now.
HY offers a more contemporary cut.
Both have excellent customer service.
One thing to consider is rise. BF has a long rise of about 12" and I don't think they've changed that, so try a pair on if you can. If you're a BF3, I have a few pairs from the early days kicking around.
That said, I prefer BB's striped cupro lining to HY's oxford, and BB's smoky mop buttons definitely best the black-with-white-smear ones HY uses. I do wish BB had a zipper fly like HY and no silly external locker loop.
Can't go wrong with either.
With respect to pants, HY provides a contemporary, slimmer cut trouser, lower rise but not insanely low, great selection of fabrics and so on. BBBF do indeed have a higher rise.
So it all depends on what you are looking for. I have BBBF, HY and Epaulet Slim Walt. I prefer the Epaulet trousers slightly more over the HY and will sell my BBBF.
I have a similar question, but comparing Howard Yount to Borrelli/Valentini on ShopTheFinest...
$190 HY gray flannel: http://www.howardyount.com/collections/wool-pants/products/lambswool-flannel-dark-gray
$199 Borelli gray flannel: http://www.shopthefinest.com/p-51774-borrelli-gray-pants-size-32-us-48-eu.aspx
$179 Valentini gray flannel: http://www.shopthefinest.com/p-27163-valentini-sartoria-gray-pants-size-36-us-52-eu.aspx
Any thoughts on the quality, fit, etc of HY versus these STF options?