Originally Posted by Brad
That said, I don't see what is so hard to believe about offering garments with this amount of handwork (assuming for the sake of argument that they have the most handwork in the world - whatever that means), at this price, when Chinese labor costs are exponentially lower.
It's not the amount of handwork that I doubt, it is the claim of the title of this thread and the subsequent comparisons to other RTW brands that feature handsewing that I question.
If we have two RTW coats at $900 each, and one has a high content of hand stitches, but is boring or ugly, and another, which has minimal hand sewing (say, just to attach the sleeves, a common lower baseline) but has bit of style, who would buy the former except a hand stitch fetishist?
In my opinion, in a RTW coat, unless one takes it apart and reconstructs it by hand, one is already past several stages of a coat's assembly for which hand sewing is most compelling, which is in exploiting characteritics of specific fabrics and findings, and then adapting the garment to a specific individual. Sure, a well sewn buttonhole by hand is nice to look at, but there is nothing intrinsically superior in producing an effect of overall elegance from a coat with many decorative hand stitches vs. one that does not.
Plus, the way in which Kiton, Oxxford, Brioni etc. are marketed produce a large after market of off-price and out of season products that seem to address price conscious individuals fairly successful through both retail resellers and other sources. I would not be surprised if this is part of their assumptive business model.
Again, I am only assessing the photographs posted here, but neither the style nor sewing of what I see in the Crittenden pose much of the challenge to the RTW sellers to which it is being compared. I am prepared to change my mind if I see other samples.