Originally Posted by voxsartoria
That's why I started my list with Alden, since I believe they have remained true to their standards.
I think that products of this type, even if not the very best, can still be satisfying.
Yet another great point, very pertinent to what I see on SF. The fundamental question is 'which brand's/maker's standards does the consumer find satisfying, or enough?'
What is "satisfying" qualitative-wise to someone is very much dependent on what their level of "enough quality" is. For example, Mr. Fan's "enough" for shirts is Mattuozo, while others might be Jantzen.
And that's just with the starting point of quality, let alone aesthetic. As my daughter used to repeat after me, 'Booty (Beauty) is in the eye of the beholder!" I've chosen aesthetic over absolute best quality many times, as long as the level of quality was "enough."- M