Ralph Lauren is extremely strict about their distribution, to the point where you cannot take a photo in the showroom. Their policies on online sales of RRL are in line with this. Anyway, a few years ago, when RRL was all the rage (Kanye was wearing it), Tres Bien had it, and were selling it online, and apparently had been given cause to think that this would be fine - otherwise, they would not have bought a bunch of stuff. I guess that RL changed their mind, or that the permission was not official, because they cracked down on Tres Bien, and told them that they could only sell in Malmo. Well, turns out that it's hard to move RRL in Malmo; go figure, right? So the Tres Bien guys write an open letter to RRL telling them essentially that they sucked.
This is pretty unusual. Usually, someone will just quietly stop dealing with a vendor or retailer, and move on, or couch things in a bunch of diplomatic language. Apparently, Tres Bien decided to burn bridges with a billion dollar fashion giant instead. Outlaws. Gotta show that some respect for that attitude.
Haha sounds like a typical underdog story. Have to commend them for standing up to big business wanting to put their thumb on the smaller guy. RRL doesn't really seem to fit in to their catalog anyway, which I always imagine as more European. They may not follow the rules or be organized at times (wrong shipments anyone?) but every time I've had to contact them their service has been top notch and without the slightest hint of pretension.
Speaking of TBS, does anyone know if they typically restock Qasas annually?