I've found that some clothing makers clothes and shoes still look good and wear well decades after the clothes were purchased. Â Three that have stood out for me are Oxxford, Paul Stuart and Sulka clothes that my father has handed down to me, all of it purchased btw. 25-40 years ago. Â I've got a beautiful cashmere Oxxford blazer that was my grandfather's -- purchased in @ late 1960s or early 1970s -- still looks good as new. Â I also have 7 or 8 Sea Island cotton shirts from Paul Stuart, which my long-since-retired father purchased in the late 1960s or early 1970s, that I still regularly wear that have yet to show any fraying on the cuffs or collars. Â Truly incredible. Â Then there's the good-as-new Sulka jacket and three casual shirts (all @30+ years old) and the pre-bankruptcy Abercrombie & Fitch hunting jacket from @ 1965 that is only just showing the slightest bit of wear on the cuffs but is otherwise in perfect shape. Â I compare these things to a smattering of clothes I've purchased more recently that have had seams dissolve (Mariano Rubinacci shirts), sweater seams unstitch limb from limb (RLPL), and buttons detach from shirts with annoying frequency (Brioni and Loro Piana). Â Â In addition to the ablility of the Paul Stuart/Sulka etc. to age well, the styles/collars/colors are classic, so they have never gone "out of style." Â What makers have you found that last/age better than others?
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