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Brands that should have a better reputation...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by True North, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Well-Known Member

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    I feel like just about every corporate America manager views AE as pretty much the best shoe within his reach.
    Also true of the partners at my firm - many of whom earn well in excess of seven figures - I've never seen any of them wearing anything better than their $325 AEs -- only difference is that they probably paid full retail at the AE boutique, rather than picking them up at Nordstrom Rack. It's sad that they're seemingly oblivious to the world of $700+ shoes out there.
     
  2. N.K.

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    Belstaff. While they made a lot of jackets for movies, I don't think it's a well known brand - at least not in the Netherlands and I don't read a lot about them here.

    This is an interesting one. More of a mixed reputation really. Older, real U.K. Belstaffs are considered classics. When the Italians bought the brand (and got it into movies) purists sort of scoffed that they are now a poser brand. They re-issue classics like the leather Panther.

    Actually, I own a couple and they are very nice and high quality. A bit over-priced, but still nice coats.

    N.K.
     
  3. knittieguy

    knittieguy Well-Known Member

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    Vestimenta - Not sure about the quality of the new stuff under new management, but I have a few suits that are a couple of years old and are excellent quality (fully canvassed, nice material) and nice styling (the fit fits me, anyway)

    Tallia - Again, not sure about the quality of the new stuff since they were bought out of bankruptcy, but their old suits were excellent quality for fused suits.

    G. Vasta - Not that it has a bad reputation, it is just not very well known.

    I'll second the Martegani reference. Fantastic shoe for the money. Trickers are underrated as well.

    White Horse scotch (made with Lagavulin).
     
  4. dopey

    dopey Well-Known Member

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    Weston shoes. They should be thought of in the top RTW tier but aren't.
     
  5. yachtie

    yachtie Well-Known Member

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    Is there a good place online to find out more about Carmina's offerings?

    www.carminashoemaker.com

    I'll also pitch in for Nagrani socks. Good sock, very long lasting and they look cool.
     
  6. athletics

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    Abercrombie and Fitch - strange marketing, but you can't kill those clothes unless the trend dies first
     
  7. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Well-Known Member

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    Barney's house label ties
     
  8. Brad

    Brad Well-Known Member

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    Weston shoes. They should be thought of in the top RTW tier but aren't.

    I agree with this 100%.
     
  9. yfyf

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    Weston shoes. They should be thought of in the top RTW tier but aren't.

    It seems SF's view is their marketing campaign is too much (i.e. they have one).

    Someone posted a beautiful pair of Westons in the shoe porn thread a few months back. I have a friend who swears by Westons, but he did have have one pair's sole crack in half. That was a bit weird.
     
  10. DoTheGrownup

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    White Horse scotch (made with Lagavulin).

    +1 on this, although I did not know about the Lagavulin lineage.

    Spent many a good night (and cheap) with the Pale Pony.
     
  11. dopey

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    It seems SF's view is their marketing campaign is too much (i.e. they have one).

    Someone posted a beautiful pair of Westons in the shoe porn thread a few months back. I have a friend who swears by Westons, but he did have have one pair's sole crack in half. That was a bit weird.


    I have posted about this a few times. I find the construction is the same and the soles wear better. The biggest difference is that Weston upper leather starts out stiff and dry and smells a little funny. It breaks in and softens to a beautiful feel and patina that I prefer to the EG equivalent (I have no experience with Lobb). Weston shpes also seem a little lighter than EG in the same way bespoke does, but to a lesser degree.
     
  12. EL72

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    Eric Glennie ties
     
  13. BBRex

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    Thank you, yachtie and epa.
     
  14. mafoofan

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    It seems SF's view is their marketing campaign is too much (i.e. they have one).

    Someone posted a beautiful pair of Westons in the shoe porn thread a few months back. I have a friend who swears by Westons, but he did have have one pair's sole crack in half. That was a bit weird.


    I haven't noticed Weston ads being more frequent or obnoxious than Lobb's. I think the shoes are pretty enough in detail and shape, but the leather doesn't appear as enticing when new. I hear it ages very well, though--anyone know what that means?
     
  15. dopey

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    I haven't noticed Weston ads being more frequent or obnoxious than Lobb's. I think the shoes are pretty enough in detail and shape, but the leather doesn't appear as enticing when new. I hear it ages very well, though--anyone know what that means?

    see my post above. A more elaborate explanation would just be more words without more meaning. It ages well and looks and feels nicer.
     
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    Alfred Sargent shoes are underrated, and even underpriced.

    Tricker's quality is top notch (although their style appeal is subjective)

    Gravati make nice shoes
     
  17. Sator

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    It ages well and looks and feels nicer.

    Yes, I'll second that. They source their skins in-house and so have more control over quality. I would rate their skins as being way above that of Crockett and Jones, a bit above Edward Green, and on a similar level to Vass or John Lobb Paris.
     
  18. eidolon

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    Abercrombie and Fitch - strange marketing, but you can't kill those clothes unless the trend dies first

    [​IMG] They might hold up, but that doesn't mean they're not shit.
     
  19. sartort

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    i know i'm going to catch a lot of flack for this but... barker black [​IMG] i have 4 egs and c&js (all for rl) and 1 pair of barker blacks. i enjoy my barker blacks as much as the others and am going to commission a mto pair this summer. i will agree that they would be a much better value if they were priced in line with c&j and church's, etc. but this thread is about reputation. imo they are a well made shoe and their ashfield last is quite attractive.
     
  20. bigbris1

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    Nautica dress shirts. I don't think I've ever seen a bad collar on any of those.
    MaineBay dress shirts. Hold up very well, I have one I had for about 10 years, washed 2xmonth
    Stafford dress socks. Hold up very well, almost OTC, nice patterns
    Firado suits. Tremendous, tremendous value.
     

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