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Uniqlo > Rugby > J.Crew > H&M > BR > A&F > Gap ...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by TheDroog, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Robert

    Robert Well-Known Member

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    I would love the Gap if their prices came down overall by about 20 percent. I look at something similar to BR, like the peacoat for example, and always think, well for just a little more at BR I can get something similiar but much better. If the price difference were greater, I'd probably get the Gap version more often, in certain things.
     
  2. tagutcow

    tagutcow Well-Known Member

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    Seeing as how Uniqlo has 2 retail locations in the United States, is it really fair to call it a "mall store"?

    I have an orange t-shirt and a brown grommet belt from AE that I'm pleased with, and the few things I bought from ON I've been displeased with and ended up giving to my dad.

    Most stuff in the mall seems overpriced. Express shorts for $60!?! OMGWTFBBQ!
     
  3. Robert

    Robert Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I've never seen a uniqulo. Or an H&M for that matter. I have an AE grommet belt now that I'm embarrassed to wear. I bought it when I was going through a rock and roll phase, and now it just seems over the top. See, I told you I'm boring. Boring and staid.
     
  4. WhoKnewI

    WhoKnewI Well-Known Member

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    Uniqlo - The thing about Uniqlo is that it is a great place to shop if you know how to buy things from them. Quality control, in regards to sizing, is all over the place. I can pick up two of the same shirts in the same exact size and they will fit completely different.
    J.Crew - Jcrew is ok. Really not impressed with most of the stuff they put out. Maybe if it fit me I'd like it.
    H&M - quality is so/so, but sometimes you can get outerwear from H&M that is well made and fits very well.
    Gap - except for their slim fit stuff, the fits is way off.
    BR - They'll have an okay scarf now and then and their socks are great on sale. Other than that, there is nothing great.
    American Eagle - I bought a s/s western shirt a few years ago and I still wear it. Other than that, I can;t say much about the brand.
     
  5. TheDroog

    TheDroog Well-Known Member

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    in my experience...


    Gap - just for this season...i like their pieces, but i don't know about quality and prices are a bit high.
    BR - mostly boring but some of the stuff...but it's expensive


    Interesting ... GAP > BR.
    Yeah, I can see that. BR's quality is only marginally better than Gap at a big markup.
     
  6. Brood_Star

    Brood_Star Well-Known Member

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    im surprised no one mentions esprit for mall shit

    maybe it's canadian only but they stock nice basics in slim fit

    quality not good but cheap
     
  7. Robert

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    I don't agree at all. I think GAP is just a cut above ON. BR is far better. I don't care if it's supposedly staid. The quality and style are much nicer.
     
  8. jet

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    And if it's not exactly fashion forward, does that mean it's not stylish? Isn't style more a matter of how you put it all together?

    How exactly do you put a stylish BR outfit together I'm curious...

    Khakis + square loafers + same solid buckle belt + oversize striped dress shirt + parsley colored merino v-neck with flying squirrel-like arms?

    Agreed with uniqlo being the best (excludes tim hamilton collab).

    V agree with the depression
     
  9. whacked

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    I like Uniqlo and H&M a lot, but this discussion is just depressing.
     
  10. TheDroog

    TheDroog Well-Known Member

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    I like Uniqlo and H&M a lot, but this discussion is just depressing.

    Maybe so, but discussing John Lobbs and Kiton suits can get tedious too. Gotta mix SF up every now and then!
     
  11. surrender

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    There's also Forever 21 - they have some decent looking stuff, but the sizes are incredibly inconsistent and the quality is sub-H&M.
     
  12. Get Smart

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    Club Monaco def needs to be above BR etc

    someone with a good eye and a good tailor could dress exclusively from CM and look pretty good
     
  13. everybodynobody

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    Sorry if this is getting off topic, but what do people on this forum mean when they talk about "mall brands?" I've never seen a Target inside a mall and Old Navys are usually standalone stores or located in strip centers too.

    Would stuff like Levi's and Converse Chuck Taylors be considered mall brands because stores in malls sell them? Or are "mall brands" only labels that are exclusive to a particular store like GAP, J Crew, BR, etc.
     
  14. TheFusilliJerry

    TheFusilliJerry Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by the Target > Gap thread, I've decided to rank the mall stores from best to worst.
    J.Crew
    Rugby
    Club Monaco
    Uniqlo
    H&M
    BR
    Gap
    Target
    Express
    Old Navy
    American Eagle
    Aeropostale
    A&F


    Did I leave any major stores out? Is the order wrong? Discuss ...



    fixed that for you
     
  15. ashenwreck

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    Sorry if this is getting off topic, but what do people on this forum mean when they talk about "mall brands?" I've never seen a Target inside a mall and Old Navys are usually standalone stores or located in strip centers too.

    Would stuff like Levi's and Converse Chuck Taylors be considered mall brands because stores in malls sell them? Or are "mall brands" only labels that are exclusive to a particular store like GAP, J Crew, BR, etc.


    Don't take the "mall" part too literally. It's just chain clothing stores. And it only applies to in-house items.
     
  16. tagutcow

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    Don't take the "mall" part too literally. It's just chain clothing stores. And it only applies to in-house items.

    Strangely, when people here talk about "mall jeans", they usually means brands like 7 and TR sold at department store mall anchors, not in-house A&F/AE/BR/etc. brand jeans.
     
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    ashenwreck Well-Known Member

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    That's true. I guess I didn't think of that. So I guess I take back my previous last sentence.
     
  18. somatoform

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    American Eagle? Christ, I looked at that piece of shit yesterday. It's a terrible coat.


    After having tried on peacoats by ON (complete junk), various generic USN ones at army surplus stores (all crappy fitting except the Alpha), the melton by RL (a joke for the money) and Jcrew's (with its awkwardly tight shoulders and wide body), the "piece of shit" peacoat by AE is better than all of them.
     
  19. ppllzz

    ppllzz Well-Known Member

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    gotta agree with somatoform... i've found that american eagle, and abercrombie especially have very well made clothes, especially the outerwear

    the "mall brand" discussion is kind of like the "pop music vs no name indie music" discussion, sure the pop music might be unoriginal and bland sounding, but you need to admit that it is much better produced

    in the same vein, the factories that make mall brands probably have great economies of scale and very good machines, even if the designs and details are lacking
     
  20. dusty

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    Maybe I just went at a bad time, but the only thing I saw in Uniqlo worth buying were the socks.

    Rugby would be good if 90% of the designs weren't extremely ugly.

    J Crew beats them both.
     

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