Engineered Garments Fall / Winter 2013 - Page 70
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As a retailer of EG and many other brands, I can comment on price hikes. Demand definitely plays a significant role in price increases, hence the popularity poses a positioning strategy amongst like brands. Additionally, the consequences of fabric costs and production cost weighs heavily in bringing product to market. As one knows the sincerity of the designer, he believes his brand is fairly traded and wants the majority to experience his point of view. There are many designers out there who because of their name recognition, place a higher premium on their goods which in turn oust many from the field. In regards to quality, every brand has short comings which are sometimes out of the control of the designers mission. As you know or not, EG has a very good customer satisfaction guarantee and if for any reason you have an issue with a article that you've purchased, you will get a remedy. If you would like me to assist on any issue, it would be my pleasure to expedite.
That was the first time I've ever had an actual issue with an EG item and was very happy with how it was handled. And the fatigue pants this year are just amazing...the canvas is super heavy and the cut is fantastic. I have some olive sateen ones from Gary that I'll be receiving from family for Christmas too...can't wait.
Too many words about sizing for EG in general below:
Sizing advice is tough with EG because 'fit' is relative to how you handle the signature triangular cut most jackets have (narrow shoulders/chest + looser at the bottom). IME there are two camps of EG fans (neither is right/wrong, they just have different preference). The first group is people that prefer a slimmer, cropped, dandy-ish fit which minimizes the triangular shape. That usually involves buying the smallest size they can fit into/sizing down. On the other side is people that prefer the looser look. I fall into this camp, and as a result my opinion of EG items is that they are TTS or you should size up if between size. I'm a Small or Medium depending on the brand and I buy all my EG in Medium. The result is that all of my jackets and shirts fit dead on in the shoulders, are a bit loose in the chest, and have a pronounced triangle shape when viewed from the side.
Best sizing advice IMO.
in all honesty, pricing discussions are pretty damn pointless. if you're not willing to pay the prices daiki is asking, then don't. but i don't daiki cares that people who bought their first pair of raw denim 3 years ago thinks wool made in the usa jackets are over priced. i can't afford eg at retail, but it's still pretty damn reasonable on the 2nd hand market and i still love the brand. if you think another label offers a better price/value than go hang out in that brand's thread, but posting about it here is annoying.
Edited by mike868y - 10/21/13 at 10:34am
Agree that's some good overall advice on sizing, but that's just it, it's only good as an overall view of the brand sizing (and specifically on tops), that's only good for some peeps just getting into the brand, but for seasoned regulars, piece or season specific sizing Q's are totally justified imho.
Obvious troll is obvious, but some people just have a hard time being specific and/or direct enough with their Q's before annoying someone in the crowd and getting called out as troll.
For instance, I think "grail" guy is legit guy and just had a bad choice of words posting his Q, guy is prob just looking for a sure thing suggestion or something, most likely buying eg sight unseen, and also likely will be 1st time buying that specific piece, and I can sympathize with that as I went through that myself when I started lurking around sufu and then here.
On the other hand while "price hike" guy might not necessarily be a troll, he is trying to troll the thread, I dont disagree entirely with his point but it should be obvious to him, as it is to me, that everybody here is already aware of the hikes and if its not been discussed prior, or got no traction from his 1st comment, then its simply not an issue here and he needs to move on.
Theres several brands that I would like to wear head to toe but are simply too expensive for me so I dont buy them, are they a good value for the retail price? who cares, I still want them but cant afford them, so I pass,,,,,, EG is a brand I love and for now can still afford, so I buy it and am pretty happy with that (happier still when I can get some on sale,,, and agree cpo hike was one of the hardest to swallow).
Nepenthes has it. I bought one last week in S from them but I don't think it was the last one. It's such a nice piece, and the price is so much better than the current CPO, yet is still 12 oz wool with cuff and collar details.
Comparing it to the CPO there are a lot of differences though -- heavier fabric, several pockets (including interior), snaps and a more complex collar and hem. The CPO has evolved into a pretty substantial jacket, whereas the classic shirt in wool is more like a really great take on a Pendleton overshirt.
I view the CPO as more like a midpoint between the overshirts and 600+ field jackets. There are a couple other pieces in this range, like the field shirt-jac or the coverall and USN (both cotton for 440). Casual jackets in general took a hike and the CPO is designed and priced as one of them. On the flipside I want them all, so save and hope I guess.
Mikey buy my Down Shirt Jacket its a damn reasonable deal lol
Something I found while looking at stuffs on Oi Polloi Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The snap buttons kinda suck imho, mine already scratched and paint is chipping off, I'll probably end up removing the paint on all of them or selling, but I guess if you wear it really really casually it wont look that bad with the snaps scratched/chipped.
Edited by canstyleace - 10/22/13 at 9:30am