Though Hermes is well-known for leather goods --- undoubtedly so, I do not particularly find their clothing collections as impressive. Â I consider their clothing line of shoes, suits and shirts rather fashion-proned, except for their neck wear (ties and ascots) and knits (sweaters, scarves, etc.). Â With the exception of equestrian apparel I have tried most of Hermes'. Â My humble judgement concludes that the material Hermes uses is exceptional, whether it is cotton or cashmere, but most of them are marred by inadequate tailoring, for example: shoulder/arm-holes of dress shirts are often ill-fitted and stiff (not to mention the horrid plastic buttons that are stitched too tightly); tendency to use heavier suiting fabric, and oddly placed waist line on jackets (not as high as, say, Oxxford, but not as slim overall like the Milanese) or sometimes no waist suppression at all; trousers are badly tailored too; the leather used for shoes were not well treated, and they get worn easily (worn, meaning deterioration in the leather, not aged, as in Edward Greens' or Cleverleys'). Â I guess my point is, the pricing is too high for what they are selling. Â Suit starts from around $2500 to $4000, shoes around $600 - $800, shirts from $230. Â Silk shirts could go up to $2000 (compared to a Versace silk shirt of comparable quality at around $900 and up). Â Through the past months I have sold most of my Hermes (except for neck wear, and a pair of worn shoes) on eBay, and people are very willing to pay a very high price for them ($180 for a corduroy shirt and $130 for a cotton shirt, almost $300 for a pair of loafers, etc.). My girlfriend recently purchased a pair of evening sling-backs that costs more than a Blahnik but half as comfortable. Fortunately we bought them at Hermes' sales, though I really don't think it worth $400 (the original was $700+). She later sold some on eBay too. On the other hand, there has to be a reason for such pricing and demand. Â Hermes has been around for a century and people has been buying. Â Maybe I am missing something.
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3/19/03 at 4:53pm