Originally Posted by Zubberah
As for non-business shirts, if you are after clubbing / party mode shirts, I strongly recommend Versace, Cavalli, D&G or Moschino. Nobody does it better than the Italians (although Sator will probably wince!) for clubbing shirts...
That's fine - wear what makes you happy.
But look in the search engine here and you will find very little love of these labels. It is simply that the quality of the construction and fabrics is really average for the price that they ask.
The RTW brands that people here like include Kiton, Borrelli, Anna Matuozzo, Barba Napoli, and Charvet. Most of these are unavailable here, or hard to find, and overpriced when you do. If you go shopping on Madison Ave, however, they are easy to find and often on sale. In the absence of genuine high end labels, couture house stuff such as Armani look to the average Aussie as ruling at the top of the food chain. People are happy to pay inflated prices for them just to show off the label. The girls you hit on in nightclubs recognise them - so why not?
It all reflects a rampant ignorance here, from people used to wearing black t-shirts and flip flops. So when you get someone like Charles Nakhle offering bespoke shirts which in Manhatten would easily command a price of between $350-600 USD (depending on fabric and details of construction), he finds it a huge struggle to sell them - even after lowering his margins to about $30 AUD per shirt.
There is a customer of Charles who rings to order shirts from NYC and he keeps telling him that he should move to the US rather than trying to sell pearls to swine. And there is a definite risk that he may one day do just that.