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What Brands Do You Guys Buy?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CrystalCrunch, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. CrystalCrunch

    CrystalCrunch Active Member

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    I am mostly into Versace and Jhane Barnes, But everyone on this community always complains about everything. So Insight me. What should I buy? I do not like plain looking stuff, you know stuff that makes you look like a boring business man reading a book. Thanks.
     
  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    If you are mostly into Versace and Jhane Barnes then by all means stick with it. In your eyes if it ain't broke don't fix it. [​IMG]
     
  3. VelvetGreen

    VelvetGreen Well-Known Member

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    So Insight me.

    Sig'd.
     
  4. CrystalCrunch

    CrystalCrunch Active Member

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    I am just trying to get more into the "fashion" sence.. I mean I don't want to look like a moron and I don't want to just buy robert graham because I know it looks good "like so many others do"
     
  5. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Well-Known Member

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    I'm really into Hugo Boss, Diesel, Theory, and some Zegna but only if it is Z Zegna.

    In all seriousness, SF is fairly anti-brand. I'll go out on a limb and say if you purchase a LV or Dior Homme suit, it's going to be bad-ass, but people here will hate it.

    The only brands that are acceptable in terms of clothing that I see here are Kiton, Brioni, and anything blocky and fully canvassed. Most of the folks prefer bespoke or at least MTM by a reputable tailor.

    I'm in between the snobbishness and layman. At the end of the day, I like fashionable first, but only if it's made in italy or france, etc.
     
  6. CrystalCrunch

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    For RTW suits, Corneliani.
     
  8. bjornb17

    bjornb17 Well-Known Member

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    I am a cheapskate by SF standards. i monstly buy:

    Charles Tyrwhitt shrits
    Allen Edmonds shoes
    TH or Polo socks, undershits, etc.
    Wool pants from multiple sources.
     
  9. KObalto

    KObalto Well-Known Member

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    anything blocky and fully canvassed.

    Fully canvassed does not equal blocky and most on here do not even prefer sack suits. [​IMG]
    I think you may be reading a different web site.
     
  10. Klobber

    Klobber Well-Known Member

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    If you are mostly into Versace and Jhane Barnes then by all means stick with it. In your eyes if it ain't broke don't fix it. [​IMG]

    I like you! Good advice.

    To be frank with OP, Styleforum is not really packed with brand fans or fashion wannabes. Personally, I dont care too much about brands, I like what I like, branded or unbranded, RTW or Bespoke, it makes no diff to me. It all comes down to the individual piece, how it looks, its durability and quality of construction ... these things matter to me more than whether a tag says this brand or that ...

    Not much of a contradiction of terms, but I do slightly favour Robert Graham - the eccentric overpriced shirts and over the top ties, love them and hate to admit it. Other than that, Etro are liked for same reasons as Rob Graham above. Ralph Lauren Purple Label suits me down to the ground for more classic wear, and usually if I need something, I start my line of enquiries here. Often I end up buying something else or getting Bespoke, but I find my search preferences are usually Ralph Lauren Related.
     
  11. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Well-Known Member

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    Your best starting point would be to read GQ and STYLE magazines.
    Both are useful for those who are orienting themselves with mens clothes,
    especially for the look that you are seeking for your lifestyle. From these magazines you will learn a lot of brand names but more importantly you will get some useful ideas to expanding your wardrobe and put outfits together. etc. The items featured in these magazines can be expensive so if your budget will not allow, you can always find more affordable alternative brands and emulate just about any look you desire.

    Additionally, it would serve you better to give some useful information about yourself when asking a question. For example: I am 22 years of age and live in Chicago. I am 5'-6" tall and about 145lbs, slim build, non athletic, fair complexion etc I wish to learn the basics of dressing well for informal or non-business settings. My budget is $____ Where to begin?
    The more information you give, the more information you will receive.
    Take some time (a month at the least) to surf through the thousands of topics here and use the Search feature. Best of luck in your quest.
     
  12. patrickBOOTH

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    People on here who do buy "brands" are usually buying from makers of apparel, not really designers. Just like you can buy a desk at Ikea, or have a reputable craftsman build you one. There is a big difference. A lot of people confuse quality, or craftsmanship with designer label. Of course there is sometimes overlap and a lot of the members here know the difference. I would say that as far as suits are concerned for RTW to name a few Oxxford, Zegna Mainline, Caruso, Kiton, Attolini are all good choices. For shoes generally stay away from "designer" shoes and stick with shoemakers like Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling, St. Crispin, Vass...

    Many people on here begin this way and they end up shying away from these mass produced brands and getting more into refining their fit through bespoke tailors, or if not bespoke they fall just more into their own style through pattern matching, color coordinating and building a more well-rounded wardrobe for different seasons and different circumstances.

    But like I said, if you are into Versace and Jhane Barnes then stick with it unless of course there are things you don't like about it. I must say the Jhane Barnes thing came from left field, seems like a strange choice for somebody who first mentions Versace.
     
  13. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    In all seriousness, SF is fairly anti-brand.
    The only brands that are acceptable in terms of clothing that I see here are Kiton, Brioni, and anything blocky and fully canvassed.


    For a forum that doesn't like brands, there is an awful lot of talk about brands.
     
  14. CrystalCrunch

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    ya this forum is like a rubiks cube. Imma just wear what I like and what I think it hot and say fuck everyone else. no offense.
     
  15. Klobber

    Klobber Well-Known Member

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    For a forum that doesn't like brands, there is an awful lot of talk about brands.

    But there would be - people that shop at saks, neiman etc or online at Yoox, the Bay, etc... what do you find other than brands there? Only a small fraction of members here actually go whole hog bespoke, but even then, I doubt there is anyone here that bespokes absolutely everything in their wardrobe including belts, shoes, shirts, ties etc etc...

    Anti brand in my book does not mean "hate all brands", it simply is a dissaproval of "liking something because it is a brand and for no other reason". I.e. if Gucci made a shirt dyed with human shit and had a sweetcorn pattern throughout, I guarantee someone would love this shirt because it is "Gucci".

    Anyway, PatrickBooth echoes the general consensus behind the brand buying - it is about the clothes, not the brands.

    ya this forum is like a rubiks cube. Imma just wear what I like and what I think it hot and say fuck everyone else. no offense.

    I agree, but keeping an open mind does not hurt. If people say dont buy Versace for some lame reason, then tell em to kiss your hairy butt. But be open to other alternatives, an item does not need a Versace tag (or whatever other name brand tag) to be good. Good is good regardless.
     
  16. Cant kill da Rooster

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    For RTW suits, Corneliani.

    +1000000000
     
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    what's the price range for Corneliani suits?
     
  19. crider8883

    crider8883 Well-Known Member

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    The idea that this forum hates a particular brand confers entirely too much importance to the idea of a brand.

    Brands are just short-hand for quality, construction, aesthetics, design etc. Styleforum, as a group, prefers brands which stand more for quality and construction, with conservative design and aesthetics, than other, more fashion-forward brands.

    Styleforum may "hate" the design, quality, etc. of a particular company because it doesn't fit with the groupthink of this forum. I doubt that if the brand changed to be more in line with the personal tastes of this forum, people on the forum would continue hating it.
     
  20. Cant kill da Rooster

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