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post #1 of 14
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I'm feeling cheerful tonight, so here are some pictures of Zara shirts. These three are what I saw as the most beautiful of what they have:
post #2 of 14
I'm quite surprised by the apparent quality of those shirts. Congrats...
post #3 of 14
What country are they made in?
post #4 of 14
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The fabrics definitely look very indulgent - something that the average person like myself would not find out of place on a $300 shirt. Now if only they would use mother-of-pearl buttons and match their seams. There are also no french-front plackets on the shirts, as you can see.. I'm not sure if this is just a matter of design or of cost-cutting. If it's between a $39 H&M and a $55 Zara, the choice is clear. Not to sound overly dramatic, but just two weekends ago I saw someone at a fundraiser wearing what I thought was an incredibly expensive shirt. But I debated whether it was an expensive shirt because the shirt was not pattern-matched at the seams. I had to control myself not to ask him where he obtained his shirt (not something one -- especially if one is a man -- should do at fundraisers). When I walked into Zara....
post #5 of 14
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What country are they made in?
From a variety of places. The two blue ones in the photo were made in Spain, and the blue/gold one was made in Turkey. There are some plain shirts (plain fabric, no design or weave) that are $45. These are made in China and are passable.
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There are also no french-front plackets on the shirts
Which is not a problem if you do not like plackets.
post #7 of 14
i rather like that gold and blue stripe...wish they had a store in my neck of the woods. /andrew
post #8 of 14
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There are also no french-front plackets on the shirts
Which is not a problem if you do not like plackets.
I'm not sure whether I like them or not. I thought I did, but then I don't really mind the Zara shirts that much ... the lack of a french front placket may be less of an issue if the shirt has some design. I can imagine a placketless shirt looking rather odd if it's just the standard plain weave plain color shirt. Do you have a preference?
post #9 of 14
I prefer no placket on all my shirts. I've never understood the function, and it makes shirts that much less versatile. (I take the view that a shirt with a placket should generally be worn with a tie.)
post #10 of 14
I think these shirts are a french front. A placket,box front or top center front have the small lip. I don't think there is much of a cost factor between a french front or a placket front. It is easier to match and center stripes with a placket front. It is often cut as a seperate piece and sewn with a chain stitch machine. By the way, I have seen some very expensive shirts where the yoke and sleeves have stripes that don't jmatch.
post #11 of 14
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I think these shirts are a french front.
You're right. I was confused with the terminology. The Zara shirts do not have a placket. This means they have a "french front". When I spoke of french front plackets, I was speaking nonsense.
post #12 of 14
Where else can you get such arcane information. CArl
post #13 of 14
As a business practice, Zara distinguishes itself by producing almost everything in-house at wholly-owned factories in Spain. They justify the increased cost (viz-a-viz H&M) by being able to turn out new items -- from design to delivery -- in a time-frame of weeks, rather than months or seasons. Stores receive new products weekly, and are thus able to keep inventory exceptionally low which saves $$ they lose by having higher production costs. Edit: Here's an article on the subject http://www.ebusinessforum.com/index.a....h_story
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I have read of the business practices for both Zara and H&M, with their quick design to delivery in Fortune and WSJ.  Zara was highlighted as an early mover in using the internet and computer design in the process.
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