Does anyone have any experience with Riflessi? I stumbled upon the store the other week and thought I hit the jackpot and found something like STF with a store front. I went back when I had some time to give everything a look and possibly buy something. I found a Luigi Borrelli shirt I liked ($200), however, before purchasing I decided to unpack and inspect it.
There were definitely thick MOP buttons, hand sewn button holes, sleeves, etc. The fabric also felt the same as the fabric used to make the LB shirt I was wearing at the time (STF product). However, when I looked at the Borrelli label on the inside of the shirt and the Borrelli crest on the inside of the placket at the bottom, I noticed that these tags were not fully sewn on, there was only one stitch on each of the corners. In other words, I could stick my finger underneath the label. Also, none of the shirts had an extra button at the bottom of the placket, or anywhere. Finally, the gusset did not have the Borrelli crest, it had some other symbol I have never seen with wavy lines. I did not buy the shirt and left the store.
Has anyone seen a Borrelli shirt like this? Intuitively, I wouldn't think that someone would counterfeit Borrelli shirts because I think there is a relatively small niche market. I suppose because it is such a small market, if someone wanted to make shirts similar to Borrelli/Isia/etc. it would be difficult to start up and sell these shirts with a new brand, so it might be easier to counterfeit? Does anyone have any thoughts?
Also, I asked the person working if they had Kiton shirts and he pulled a shirt with a different brand name (I wish I could remember it) and he said it was made in the same place Kiton shirts are made. I looked over the shirt and it had the classic Kiton buttons. I was not familiar with the brand so I didn't unpack the shirt to give it a full inspection. Thoughts?
I also gave their ties an look. I happened to be wearing a Brioni tie from Bergdorf and you could not compare any of the ties at this store to the tie I was wearing. I picked up one of their Brioni ties and it was much thinner and the silk didn't seam as rich. However, Brioni was labeled on the tie at this store the same way it is labeled on all of my Brioni ties. Does that mean Brioni produces lower end ties, too?