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post #16 of 62
Canada and the middle east too .
post #17 of 62
+1 on the Banana (and J. Crew) comparison.
post #18 of 62
I have to say that since moving to Spain (where Zara's from), I've been buying a lot of stuff from them. With respect to the OP's question, I have to say the quality is inconsistent. You can find some decently-made clothes (especially given the price) right next to some very poorly-made ones. I've bought two pairs of shoes (small sample size, I know) and one pair are holding up nicely while the other pair are falling apart after maybe 12-15 wearings. One thing is that it seems like the better quality items are made in Europe--I have stuff from Portugal, Turkey, and the Ukraine that seem to be pretty good. YMMV, of course, and I don't have any idea where the clothes they sell in the States are made.
post #19 of 62
They are about to open their first Boston store in Downtown Crossing in the old Filenes building. My girlfriend is thrilled. I think Zara is actually great for women.
post #20 of 62
How is the pricing compared to H+M and BR?
post #21 of 62
more towards BR but slightly less
post #22 of 62
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more towards BR but slightly less
Well-said although I think Zara's sale prices are much better than BR. It brings items down to H&M prices and often lower.
post #23 of 62
I've had quite a bit of stuff from Zara and would say it was better than H&M, but then the items are more expensive at retail. I've also noticed a lot of it is /direct/ rip-offs of catwalk pieces, especially Prada and Dior Homme. Hence I'd say it was more fashion-forward/european styled than Banana Republic.
post #24 of 62
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I've also noticed a lot of it is /direct/ rip-offs of catwalk pieces, especially Prada and Dior Homme. Hence I'd say it was more fashion-forward/european styled than Banana Republic.

Very much so. I'm of average build with a bit of a spare tire. I'll never, ever find anything at Banana Republic that is too slim-cut for me, but last time I was in a Zara about half of what I tried on fit great in the shoulders and sleeves but was too slim through the body, or fit fine in the waist and seat but was too slim through the legs.

(Which means it's probably just right for your typical S+D participant, but still, a marked difference in cuts.)
post #25 of 62
I think they have great trendy clothes, styles in modern fit. Quality wise its definitely better than H&M but not the same as Banana Republic or Club Monaco. I have 2 pairs of Zara shoes and I still have them after 1 bright & shiny and good condition but I've worn either of them like once per week. I think its the best lower end labels out there in market.
post #26 of 62
I stopped by Zara the other day and picked up some linen shirts and a pair of linen pants. These are the first Zara items in my wardrobe, and I am pleased with their quality to price ratio. They're probably in the JCrew/Banana range in terms of quality. I wouldn't pay retail, but a decent deal if on sale.
post #27 of 62
zara is much better quality than h&m. you can really notice it in their suits and jackets. in terms of their merchandise, their philosophy is to jump on every trend/style quick to capitalize it before anyone else does. very often you'll see their version of a highend designer labels product available sooner because they can produce it so quick. they see it on the catwalk and less than 2 weeks later it's in their stores. zara's set up is badass.
post #28 of 62
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Originally Posted by v0rtex View Post
I've also noticed a lot of it is /direct/ rip-offs of catwalk pieces, especially Prada and Dior Homme. Hence I'd say it was more fashion-forward/european styled than Banana Republic.

That's actually the basis of their entire business model (Fast Fashion is the term newspapers like to use). I've read it takes them about 3 weeks to get an idea from concept to in the stores, compared to 6 months+ for traditional clothing companies (Gap, etc). Since they can churn out new ideas so quickly, that's why a) you see a lot of current runway stuff in their collections, b) they make most everything in small, one run batches, so their stock changes a lot. Pretty cool concept, the Economist and a few other big newspapers have done articles on them, makes for interesting reading.

Anyways, everything I've bought from them has lasted and lasted, the quality is very good for the price.
post #29 of 62
They can be found pretty much everywhere in Canada. I bought a peacoat from them once but didn't really like it. Probably my own fault though because it was simply too big. I seem to recall it being made in Russia, does anyone know if they make other garmets there as well?
post #30 of 62

bumping an extremely old thread because...

 

Zara apparently has a webstore as of today:

 

http://www.zara.com

 

of particular interest (to me at least) is this:

 

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not sure this fits with anything else I own but I like the look and its about half the price of the similar version from allsaints.

 

still, hesitant to kop since quality and fit will probably turn out to be subpar and I'll end up regretting it. thoughts?

 

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