Originally Posted by minervau
Haha seeing that was such a shock to me. Maybe it reflects that fact that most of my sartorial knowledge comes from here, and Styleforum is very good at recommending the micros or custom makers who would not compromise on material quality while offering a much more reasonable price. But I still always assumed that the huge brand names produced similar quality just at an inflated price -- not a synthetic material-based product going for $2.7k+.
That was probably the case many years ago.
I'd be interested to hear when it was designers realised they could let the quality slip and sell things (at a much higher margin) on the strength of their name / design if anyone is familiar with that sort of thing.