1. In 2018. by way of thanks for being a part of this community, we'll be choosing 16 active members of our community at random to receive a special gift and a gift certificate for one of our affiliate vendors, to represent each of our 16 years.

    Fok and the Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Armani seems a poor value these days...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Artisan Fan, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

    Messages:
    32,351
    Likes Received:
    154
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    I'm reluctant to pick on someone who has done so much for menswear but I was at Saks today and I saw the regular Collezioni suits going for $2,000 (!) and the construction quality was abysmal (machined buttonhholes that were horribly misaligned, poor collar construction.

    GA really seems to be coasting although they do have a luxury line with some handmade features for $3,000. And the black label of course.
     


  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    25,745
    Likes Received:
    240
    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Location:
    Constantinople
    Armani is always a poor value.
     


  3. GQgeek

    GQgeek Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    80
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2002
    Location:
    Canuckistan
    Value is a very subjective term. I don't buy anything anymore unless it has value. Having said that, I still buy Armani, although not as often as before, and there are certain items of theirs that i won't touch (knits, shirts, suits).

    Three years ago, almost everything I bought was Armani. Having now been educated by the forum, my tastes have changed immeasurably towards high-quality and hand-made goods. I'd never buy another armani suit, but I bought a really gorgeous black wool & angora overcoat this year. The fit is absolutely perfect (very slim) and I think it's worth every penny of the 2.5k (cdn$ with taxes) that I paid for it.

    For casualwear, Armani still kicks ass in the pants department. I've got ~10 pairs of flat front, creaseless pants in my closet that I still wear quite often, even though I did a big transition to Borrelli jackets and MTM pants with an incotex cut. Average price? Probably $350 cdn. Cheap? No. Value? Yes. Btw, I've had most of these pants since 2002 and they still look great. Their shirts and knits are absolute garbage though. Even when I like their sweaters for instance, I won't buy them anymore because i know they don't last.

    My worst purchase was the black MTM Armani suit I bought before I knew any better. I brought it with me to a wedding a few weeks ago and when I put it on to go to the reception, I couldn't believe how bad it looked. The shoulders were kinda lumpy and the fit just wasn't as I remembered it, or maybe I'm just more picky about fit these days. Regardless, I took it off and changed back in to what I had been wearing for the actual ceremony (borrelli jacket and incotex pants).

    Every time I look at that suit I now think what a waste of money it was. I don't think that when looking at the pants or overcoat, however. GA is like any other designer, they make some nice stuff and some crap. They still produce some knock-out items imo. I bought a pleated silk & wool scarf this winter that is absolutely gorgeous. Although I felt the pain of the 450 it cost, it puts a smile on my face every time i see myself in the mirror wearing it. And I know I have the only one in montreal :p
     


  4. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

    Messages:
    32,351
    Likes Received:
    154
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    I guess my concern is that many people will drop $2K on these poorly made suits thinking they "got the best" and be really unhappy over the long term. It's got to hurt GA's brand. I notice that no one really buys anything from the GA shop within a shop at the Atlanta Saks. It's a ghost town even on Saturdays. Same at NM for the most part.
     


  5. DGP

    DGP Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    I guess my concern is that many people will drop $2K on these poorly made suits thinking they "got the best" and be really unhappy over the long term. It's got to hurt GA's brand. I notice that no one really buys anything from the GA shop within a shop at the Atlanta Saks. It's a ghost town even on Saturdays. Same at NM for the most part.


    It's like the people who buy a Rolex and think they have the best watch in the world. Most well known? Sure. Best? Not by a country mile.
     


  6. Soph

    Soph Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    4,149
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    Bologna, Italy
    Armani is pretty poor especially after you know better you realize how big of a 'scam' it is. Armani is the red bull of beverages, it contains nothing but sugar water with less caffiene than a cup of coffee yet they have "BRANDED" the product so well than people pay ridiculous money for the perceived "branded' attributes. Rolex actually makes a decent watch I can't say that *decent* about Armani suits
     


  7. VMan

    VMan Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    5,105
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2003
    I remember a guy in Filene's Basement (Chicago) with an arm full of Armani Collezioni shirts - when the checkout clerk told him "nice choice" he responded with "only the best for me" - I almost laughed seeing as there was a rack full of marked down Charvet, Borrelli, and Domenico Vacca goods that he must have "mistakenly passed up".
     


  8. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    The conventionla wisdom here is that Armani is over-priced and under-quality. I agree. I've got a nice black label Armani leather overcoat and several sweater plus a lot of socks and a wool sportscoat. I got rid of all my Armani shirts, except for one or two.
     


  9. stach

    stach Senior Member

    Messages:
    578
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    I have a feeling he's licensed out so many of his lines that he's lost quality control. Plus he's perceived in the fashion world as being pretty creaky at this point. He had a very good run though.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by