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Bijan

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Renwick, Nov 29, 2002.

  1. Renwick

    Renwick Well-Known Member

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    Bijan is a famous parfumer, and also a designer (and marketeer) of some reknown. His store is most famous for being ultra-exclusive (his store on Rodeo Drive is open by appointment only.) From what little I've seen of his goods, I would peg him as "Old Hollywood", i.e. classy, but in an overstated, theatrical manner. I've heard that Michael Jordan is a big fan.

    Of that particular piece, I would advise that the logo suggests that it is probably from the 80's or early 90s, and would suggest a pass unless you are a collector looking for vintage pieces.
     
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    can't help to not think about Bateman's remark to the prostitute "choose a robe NOT the Bijan"

    I really don't much about his designs but I have heard that Bill Clinton along with the exiled Persian prince are among his clientele
     
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    I have to partially agree with comments posted earlier. His designs are a bit over the top, but there's no denying the quality. I'm a big fan. His clientele does include Michael Jordan and several exiled Iranian royals.
     
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    Isn't (wasn't) the cologne by Jordan produced under the Bijan name?
     
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    And the suits under the Bijan label used to be made by a Roman tailoring firm, D'Avenza.
     
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    Yeah, Bijan is over the top, and his prices are astronomical. He used to have a boutique here in New York on Fifth Avenue that was also "by appointment only." But it closed. Rumor was that the owners wanted to raise the lease and Bijan balked saying that 5th Avenue was no longer the exclusive street it once was with the arrival of the Disney Store, the Gap, and other mass-market stores. Supposedly he'll be reopening on Madison Avenue, but it's been a couple years since the store closed, so who knows.

    As far as the quality, I don't have any personal experience with Bijan clothes, but the style is typical old-school Hollywood--a bit over the top.
     
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    Is Bijan over the top as in Versace flamboyance, and also regarding the price how astronomical is it; as in Kiton?
     
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    from what I've seen, they are MUCH more than Kiton.
     
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    Is Bijan over the top as in Versace flamboyance, and also regarding the price how astronomical is it; as in Kiton?
    from what I've seen, they are MUCH more than Kiton.
    Yes believe it or not, Bijan is a lot more expensive than Kiton. In terms of the style, I would say more that things are exaggerated. I don't think you'll see too many wild patterns like Versace often does. But you'll see things like exagerrated lapels or silk shirts. It's very California clothing style, if that makes any sense. Bijan is a total '80s icon, in my opinion.
     
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    Is the quality of construction/material that much better than Kiton? After reading about Kiton, I can't imagine how one would improve upon their overall quality. I guess the people that shop at Bijan buy into it as being a Giffen good. After looking at the website , I find it way too pretentious. When I finally graduate and make my billions I'll buy some understated Kiton and save money... Imagine that, buying Kiton to save money...
     
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    So the price is even more high than the custom suits of Kiton in which the master tailor from Napoli comes, and fits you? Also I suppose the "California" style is not as elegant, and flamboyant than brands such as Versace but more such as a Hollywood style I suppose. Very 80's. That remark reminds me of the famous Mugler tuxedo [​IMG] .
     
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    To clarify:

    For me, Versace is very European, and for the very young and very flamboyant. I think Russian Mafia, Italian guys with too much hair and too much time, Elton John.

    Bijan is not this. Bijan is old Hollywood, very new world, if that makes any sense. Think movie moguls in the fifties, those big houses in Beverly Hills where money is just outrunning class, guys with Botox injections and George Harrison tans and silver hair. For some reason, I always associate those hideous but expensive multi-colored cardigans with Bijan. If any of you guys are familar with Marol, I always think of Bijan as being in the same category - a little Baroque, a little overworked, and not particularly elegant.
     
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    I think you might mean George Hamilton. Unless George Harrison had a tanning thing going on that I never knew about. Digression: George Hamilton has two or three restaurants in every city he visits in which he keeps his credit card on file. He instructs the Maitre'd to add 25% gratuity to the bill and he never sees a check. Ever. Pretty slick, if you ask me.



    I think you may be referencing Coogi, an Australian company that makes bright, multi-colored sweaters favored by Bill Cosby and Latrell Sprewell. I have a monochromatic Coogi sweater - it was expensive, but excellently made.
     
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    Yes, I meant George Hamilton - Beatles on the mind, I guess.

    And yes, I know that those sweaters are by Coogi - actually, a lot of companies make similar sweaters, I remember distinctly that Alexander Julian, a second or third-tier label, made a lot of these sweaters in the late eighties - the Cosby factor, I guess. But for some reason they (the sweaters, not the Cosbys) are inextricably linked to Bijan in my mind.
     
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    Alexander Julian is re-launching his line at a little higher price point. It's starting to show up in some specialty stores in the South. Haven't seen any sweaters yet...
     
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    I may be in the minority here, but I think Julian was/is actually pretty stylish, though unfortunately tarred with the same brush as his gaudier contemporaries. His trademark was color, but it was mostly far more subtle than the likes of Cosby's sweaters. I'll take Julian's sense of color over the garish Coogi palette any day.
     
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    Seems like a typically crass, Hollywood-style, ostentation, if you ask me (and you didn't.) I know several guys who do this. Seems like they're pretending to membership in an English style club in which, at the end of the year, the club members clear their accounts. Or rather, their valets do so for them. Why is it that snobs always emulate the English? Haven't they seen Monty Python's "Upper Class Twit" bit?
     

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