Originally Posted by RJman
Aquascutum: striving nobly... to be Burberry.
Nicely put - they're pimping their house check on socks, scarves and baseball caps. It used to be a mildly aspirational brand; now it's working hard to appeal to a whole different segment of the market. It still has a lot of brand traction within the middle classes though. They just don't know which way to go. Their offerings vary from highly pedestrian to very acceptable, esp. at discount (their raincoats and overcoats fall into the latter category I think). I've yet to see something truly killer from them, though sometimes the rare Collection items are cool.
Originally Posted by acidicboy
How about Paul Smith and Paul Smith London? Anybody has a learned opinion on them?
I must admit I didn't think to include Paul Smith - I consider his stuff more of a designer item and a cut above the other brands being discussed. But hey, let's discuss them all; why not.
I like lots of it; even the PS line often has some cool items. I picked up a PS brown plaid overcoat with velvet collar with a great cut a year or so back that I absolutely love.
Originally Posted by flatfront
I think if you can find some Dunhill without the logo plastered all over it you get a nice quality garment, some of which are nicley designed too. They are far too expensive for what they are at retail but some good bargains are to be had at sale time.
I'm tempted to agree. The cuts aren't great for me though (a bit boxy). I've found some with decent fabrics and if you can get it around half price or less I think there are worse suits out there.
Hackett suffers from the staff that work in the stores IMO its either snotty young blondes who think they are something special or young guys who think they are something special becuase they work in Hackett. Strangley this seems to be universal to every one of their stores I have ever been in in London.
The "snotty young blonde" thing is so spot on, it's scary.
Agreed about most of the guys, though there are one or two rare exceptions.
Originally Posted by LabelKing
There's also Daks.
For some reason, when I think of Daks, I think of a brown multistripe 70s suit. Not sure if they ever had an advert featuring such a suit, but it's a really contaminated brand in my mind. I gather they used to be high quality, but I haven't heard much good about them in ages. How are they these days?