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post #121 of 197
http://www.elleuk.com/fashion/news/aquascutum-enters-administration

Probably just become another brand and logo focused fashion name, like Burberry.

I think Jaeger who were associated with Aquascutum makes everything in China.
post #122 of 197
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Originally Posted by Ennius View Post

one more question on Acquascutum.

Looks like some are made in Canada.  Are others made elsewhere?  Any quality difference?

Thanks

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Acquscutum is made in England, at least their high end ones.
They used to be made in the UK, now most of their trenches are made in Italy. They also had a concession in Canada, which I believe was sold when the company went broke. I don't think there's much difference in quality, though the top of the line coats were always made in Corby.

For the person asking about fit, the newer ones are slimmer, and more in line with Burberry's cut (i.e. order your suit size). The older styles (Kingsgate for example) are generously sized so depending on how you like to wear your coat you might consider sizing down.

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TBH I thought Aquascutum went bust last year and the UK factory in Corby closed. Apparently the brand bought by some Asian fashion conglomerate.
The major problem was Aquascutum didn't own the rights to their own product in Asia, which is where the growth is in the luxury sector. As it turns out their Asian distributor ended up buying out the parent company.
post #123 of 197
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The major problem was Aquascutum didn't own the rights to their own product in Asia, which is where the growth is in the luxury sector. As it turns out their Asian distributor ended up buying out the parent company.

I can see from that they'd want to move production nearer to home to save money, and possibly refocus as a brand whore fashion name, with the focus on the branding and the famous name, rather than the quality. The sort of thing Hermes Man in Malaysia loves. Presumably the high end stuff will still be made in Italy. Rather like Burberry.
post #124 of 197
Will you be posting a pic of the trench you picked up PB?
post #125 of 197
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I can see from that they'd want to move production nearer to home to save money, and possibly refocus as a brand whore fashion name, with the focus on the branding and the famous name, rather than the quality. The sort of thing Hermes Man in Malaysia loves. Presumably the high end stuff will still be made in Italy. Rather like Burberry.
I suppose it depends on what they think the Asian market wants. Asian consumers may be as reluctant (rightly or wrongly) to pay top dollar for Asian made goods as many Westerners are. Saving money on production is only part of the equation - if they can command a hefty premium for European made goods then that will more than offset any extra production costs compared to say China, where costs are rising all the time anyway.

Then again, Burberry is making money hand over fist and the old Aquascutum went broke... which business model do you think the new owners are going to adopt? Of course they will focus on branding etc. though that doesn't mean quality will totally go out the window... at least for core products. Whatever happens I wish the brand well and hope it gets a new lease of life under new management.
post #126 of 197
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I got the coat today. It is pretty awesome I will post pictures when I get a chance. Much longer than anything I tried on in a store. Very old school. Ultimately worth the $200.

Inspired by this, I picked up a NWOT, vintage BB Made in the USA trench for +/- $200 on the bay. I think it's probably a bargain compared to what I've seen out there. From the pics, it really looks to be NWOT. There isn't any wear on the leather-covered buckles at all.
post #127 of 197
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Inspired by this, I picked up a NWOT, vintage BB Made in the USA trench for +/- $200 on the bay. I think it's probably a bargain compared to what I've seen out there. From the pics, it really looks to be NWOT. There isn't any wear on the leather-covered buckles at all.

 

I was similarly inspired, though by PB's earlier post.  Picked up a vintage Burberry (long) trench for $60 on ebay.  As far as I can see, it has extremely minimal wear (two small scuffs) on the buckles, and no visible wear anywhere else.  The reason for the low price was the zip-in liner was missing, but I get so warm in trench coats that I never wear the liner anyways.  Probably my best ebay purchase in a number of years- and it was from a fellow SFer, too, I believe. fistbump.gif

 

 

 

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Will you be posting a pic of the trench you picked up PB?
I will be. My girlfriend is in Boston this weekend so I probably won't have an opportunity for a proper pic until next week. I hate to say this, but I am kind of looking forward to the rain on Monday. I am pissed my Kirchtag umbrella isn't here yet, however.

@Flaneur: I love mine, it isn't perfect, a little wear on the leather buckles, but it is just patina and bound to happen on any jacket. All in all, I wanted a functional coat and that is what I got so I am happy.
post #129 of 197
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I will be. My girlfriend is in Boston this weekend so I probably won't have an opportunity for a proper pic until next week. I hate to say this, but I am kind of looking forward to the rain on Monday. I am pissed my Kirchtag umbrella isn't here yet, however.

I just purchased a double breasted vintage Burberry trench a few days ago via ebay and I'm also looking forward to the snow melting here and spring rains starting so I can wear it as well.
post #130 of 197
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I hope it is long enough that your trousers stay in tact in that rain!
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I hope it is long enough that your trousers stay in tact in that rain!

Went vintage for the full length smile.gif
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Went vintage for the full length smile.gif

 

Same here.

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I was similarly inspired, though by PB's earlier post.  Picked up a vintage Burberry (long) trench for $60 on ebay.  As far as I can see, it has extremely minimal wear (two small scuffs) on the buckles, and no visible wear anywhere else.  The reason for the low price was the zip-in liner was missing, but I get so warm in trench coats that I never wear the liner anyways.  Probably my best ebay purchase in a number of years- and it was from a fellow SFer, too, I believe. fistbump.gif
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$60? Sweet score!
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@Flaneur: I love mine, it isn't perfect, a little wear on the leather buckles, but it is just patina and bound to happen on any jacket. All in all, I wanted a functional coat and that is what I got so I am happy.

Being happy with a functional garment is all I ever want. I thought maybe you'd gotten it from the same seller. I was surprised because I didn't expect to find one NWOT. Do you know if yours is the "Alexander" model? This model is 49" long from the collar seam. With a measuring tape that seems to hit me about mid-calf. I'll find out when I get it how long it is for sure, but I just ordered it on Wednesday and it's coming from Cali. (Scratch that. This one is coming from VA. The CA one was single breasted.))
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Went vintage for the full length smile.gif
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$60? Sweet score!
 

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$60? Sweet score!
Being happy with a functional garment is all I ever want. I thought maybe you'd gotten it from the same seller. I was surprised because I didn't expect to find one NWOT. Do you know if yours is the "Alexander" model? This model is 49" long from the collar seam. With a measuring tape that seems to hit me about mid-calf. I'll find out when I get it how long it is for sure, but I just ordered it on Wednesday and it's coming from Cali.
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I am not sure what model. It looks just like the burberry. It is about 49" long, yes. Long enough without looking too stupid. It has the removable lining and a removable felted collar. It is very nice.
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