I'm just coming back from Tokyo, and I made a couple of visit to EG store.
I have to say that the collection really give a great impression in person: for sure detail, fabric and quality is improved a lot, all seems more "rugged", raw and authentic, the impression from the catalog that I have seen last January at Pitti Uomo was totally different.
I think the real items are completely better that what you see form the catalog... the last season catalog best show the items (probably was the color print?) and when I purchase few of those I feel the mood of catalog... now is totally different... the catalog does not impress like the real stuff.
For sure the quality is better than the last F/W, now I understand better the price increase, that it let me first a little bit surprised.
Unfortunately, even the substantial quality, the price in Japan are too high.
For me is better to buy here in Europe, or in Italy: I find an amazing store in Bologna called PROTEC that carry EG from the first season and probably got best price that UK shops, but I think the most lucky are the US friends, I see a substantial difference from USA and Japanese prices.
The Tokyo staff was so nice and kind and do the best for find me a couple of pieces that I was so interested to buy even if the price was higher for me: the new desert pant and a pair of chino from the basic line called "Intermediate" that was really really nice... probably the best chino I ever seen.
But 34 size was already sold out... so I hope to be more lucky here in Italy.
A great experience and a great shop: quality improvement in product are tangible!
Hope this small report help people who want to buy EG :-)