Originally Posted by LA Guy
I disagree with this. The first time I saw Engineered Garments on the rack, I was blown away. The attention to texture, tone, and hue, the respect of the designs for their inspiration, were very refreshing. I personally am more impressed with these qualities than with the directional, but ultimately rootless designs of brands like N(N). Of the Japanese designers, I like Yamamoto, and his nods towards the silhouettes of postwar Japan, most. These days, Barneys places Engineered Garments alongside Trovata, Nice Collective, and Rogues Gallery, and it obliterates the competition.
I am very much in agreement with you in principle as I strongly believe the brand to be head and shoulders above pretty much everything in a similar price range, but the reality of retail and consumers is that EG is less eye-catching than most brands sold at the same retail spaces. An average customer, visiting a mid-size store with lots of possible options will probably dismiss EG with a short glance and head over to a rack of clothes that "pop" more. Now if that same person takes the time to actually examine the garment and try them on I'm sure the results could be different.
N(N) is another subject entirely, I don't think it presents a unique and finely realized vision although I do like some individual pieces.