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Banana Republic, not that bad

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by deveandepot1, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    Disagree. Of all the reasons to hate BR, of which there are many, quality is stretching it. Quality on the knits is no different than middling designerish shit (APC, rag and bone and the like). Wouldn't surprise me if they all came from the same factory. BR and Gap quality is way better than H&M and the like b/c the types of middling Americans who shop at BR expect their clothes to last a few seasons.

    Rag & Bone is overpriced but you can't be serious unless by the following sentence you're suggesting BR gets their fabrics and does their cut and sew in New York.
     
  2. Teger

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    uh rag & bone is actually really high quality...
     
  3. airportlobby

    airportlobby Senior member

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    rag and bone's knits are made in China. And I may be displaying my age, but "made in America" is not a synonym for quality despite the contentions of certain bloggers.

    "Quality" is one of the stupider justifications for spending. Right up there with "authenticity."
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    rag and bone's knits are made in China. And I may be displaying my age, but "made in America" is not a synonym for quality despite the contentions of certain bloggers.

    "Quality" is one of the stupider justifications for spending. Right up there with "authenticity."


    IME, Rag & Bone quality varies. However, I'd say that in general, the pieces are considerably higher quality than BR, and in some cases, the materials really set them apart. For example (and I don't own this piece), the R&B cashmere/cotton henley from FW08 was stupendous, made in China or otherwise. Similarly, there was a jacket made from an indigo, selvedge edge hopsack like material that really stands out. And although overpriced at $175, R&B put out a really nice loopwheeled crewneck sweatshirt this FW.
     
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  6. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    I don't own anything from this season, but I have stretchy knits that are now 2 years old and look basically brand new...

    same with the jackets I own. I also think their jean construction is stupendous.
     
  7. Razele

    Razele Senior member

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    Teger what would you know with your 10k posts here and having handled a wide range of brands

    / sarcasm

    It's BR I don't get how people are arguing this.
     
  8. Teger

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    to be fair I only own rag products made in the US
     
  9. mkarim

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    Before joining SF, I used to shop almost exclusively at BR. I'll agree that the designs really haven't changed in years, and I have grown to truly despise half-zip sweaters. Yes, the colors have gotten worse, too. A quick look through the website and I can't see anything that sets it apart from JC Penney. The slim fit shirts fit well, but honestly, the materials suck. I can remember several shirts looking horrible after one or two washes.

    +100
     
  10. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    IME most brands have high quality products and some not so great items.
    I bought some R&B pieces on Gilt that were pretty bad, but I have some boots and a bag that are the highest quality pieces I own.
     
  11. StephenHero

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    When I go to Banana Republic, I'm always thinking "I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear that" rather than "I want to wear that." That's probably all you need to know about them.
     
  12. BB1

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    When I go to Banana Republic, I'm always thinking "I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear that" rather than "I want to wear that." That's probably all you need to know about them.
    For me it's more along the lines of "I would be embarrassed to wear that!" But I think your comment is spot on for most people. BR tries too hard to be non-offensive and safe. That's why they often end-up looking like a neutered Mr. Rogers. Heck, even Mr. Rogers with his Converse sneakers was more hip than BR! Anyway, to all your BR lovers: Does BR actually make you feel like "I want to wear that" or is it more "I would not be embarrassed to wear that?" From the apologetic comments in this thread trying to justify BR as "ok", I'd place my bets on the later.
     
  13. Naf Nasitra

    Naf Nasitra Senior member

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    Here's a little blast from the past.

    First up, a Banana Republic low nap camel pinstripe blazer brand new with tags. It doesn't look like velvet from afar and it's a 44R. It has never been worn AT ALL. It's a beautiful jacket but doesn't fit me. I'll have pics up soon. I paid 350 for it and will sell for 220 plus 10 for shipping.

    I have a frost cashmere turtleneck also from BR which I love, great color.

    also added a new never worn BR sateen field shirt, very nice size L
     
  14. jet

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    Congrats you know how to search back in time. I've owned a fuk ton for the past 10 years you've got a great point.

    Now do you see me discussing its merits on a dedicated thread?
     
  15. Razele

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    Here's a little blast from the past.
    LOL Who here didn't buy shit mall brand before upping the game via SF / spending time to find your aesthetic? It's your money not mine but your not going to care at all about those pieces My NdG / MMM / Raf / SNS sweaters are so dope. My W+H dayton's are awesome, my Krane bags + outerwear are awesome Seriosly go back to honestforum and talk about diesel and 7 washes with half zips Or stay here and develop something your really happy with
     
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    I don't get why people get all anal about mall brands. Good job on wearing expensive clothes. Does that make your E-Penis feel bigger now? People can't even tell if your clothes are expensive or not cause no one is gonna look down the back of your neck or your asscrack all the time. Frankly all you are in the same leagues people who buy monster cables.

    Anyways, BR does have some things I enjoy but maybe like a piece every season. Quality holds up well enough, never had anything break on me yet after 3 years. I don't like stores for their entire collection, cause that would be fanboyism.
     
  17. APK

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    The general consensus in this thread seems to be BR sucks not so much because of quality issues, but rather, design shortcomings. Like I said earlier, I've only owned one BR piece. I'll hit up the BR any time I go to the outlet mall, but am usually out of the store within a couple of minutes. I'll admittedly find a thing or two that piques my interest in the J. Crew or GAP outlets, but BR almost never has anything that jumps out at me. Really bland or ugly stuff at unfavorable prices.
     
  18. whodini

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    Does that make your E-Penis feel bigger now? People can't even tell if your clothes are expensive or not cause no one is gonna look down the back of your neck or your asscrack all the time. Frankly all you are in the same leagues people who buy monster cables.

    Just checking my math but did you just say that people who buy expensive clothes do so in hopes that other people will recognize them as being expensive but since expensive clothes don't have logos or other discernible features to distinguish them from cheap clothes then they are as worthless as overpriced cables?

    And you signed up just to say this on a fashion forum?

    You'll forgive me if I question the validity of your opinion.
     
  19. snake

    snake Senior member

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    It must have taken him a few days to craft up that witty comment as it seems he joined us in Oct.
     
  20. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    It must have taken him a few days to craft up that witty comment as it seems he joined us in Oct.
    Yeah, I could see his crack team of writers taking a week to come up with that kind of logic.
     

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