Australian Members - Part II - if you read the first post, you'll get what this is all about. - Page 161
Life is expensive and I wear casual clothing 2 days a week. I don't care if a Japanese hipster made my jeans.
The cloth may be but the jeans aren't.
Far from a hipster, a skilled artisan with a lifetime of knowledge and experience. Not to mention the passion for the product, everything is uncompromised. I'd prefer to support and wear a label that ticks those boxes instead of garbage fast fashion.... I'll stop now haha.
I don't think Uniqlo is quite "garbage fast fashion". The quality is a notch above H&M or Zara. They position themselves as "the bare minimum you need to pay to get something that won't fall apart in a week", hence the popularity. This is more or less true depending on the product (the "cashmere" jumpers in particular do not last).
I've had my selvedge Uniqlo jeans for a year and a bit and they're still going strong, still looking neat despite multiple washes and wears. The stitches are neat, strong and never came out. I'd put them on the more durable end of Uniqlo's selection. Same with the chinos.
I'm not saying that Momotaro or other labels are not worth the extra money mind you (although, they are not to me - I'd rather an extra pair of Meermins MTO). Just that Uniqlo's success derives precisely from their higher quality from what used to be the cheap option.
That being said, if you're up for it and have a pair at the ready, I'd love a side by side comparison of Momotaro's vs Uniqlo's jeans explaining with photos what the extra money gets you.
@Oli2012 for v-neck merino jumpers, you might want to give Blaq a try. I got one from Myer sometime back.
This is mine:
The uniqlo's seem to have only minimal stretch and mine are fading very nicely now (current pair is probably 8 months old). My jeans get washed a lot because I have little kids that spill crap all over them and I wear jeans all year round so light weight is better, even through Canberra's winter. For 60 bucks or whatever they are if they last 2 years then I'm happy.