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Banana Republic or Club Monaco

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by vincent, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. vincent

    vincent Senior Member

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    I thought these two brands were similar in quality and price.

    Are there any differences between the two?

    At the end of the day, I would never buy from these two brands. I consider them to be knockoff brands.
     


  2. VMan

    VMan Distinguished Member

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    'Nanners tends to be a bit more conservative, uses somewhat decent fabrics (wool/cashmere sweaters, premium line of cotton dress shirts), and targets a slightly higher age group. Many of the clothes can be worn in a professional setting.

    In my experience, Club Monaco is trendier, many items are not really office-appropriate , quality is lower, as is the price. They are targeting a younger group, and some of the clothes are Am-Jacky.
     


  3. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    'Nanners tends to be a bit more conservative, uses somewhat decent fabrics (wool/cashmere sweaters, premium line of cotton dress shirts), and targets a slightly higher age group. Many of the clothes can be worn in a professional setting.

    In my experience, Club Monaco is trendier, many items are not really office-appropriate , quality is lower, as is the price. They are targeting a younger group, and some of the clothes are Am-Jacky.


    correct, exactly what i was going to say.

    i dont mind shopping at banana because they do have some quality stuff with a little sensibility in the lines. at a good discount, i can walk out of there with half dozen items and have no problems wearing them to the office.

    i once had a 30 dollar gift certificate for club monaco and i had difficulty using it there. everytime i went to SC i walked into club and always walked out disappointed. if there was something decent, it was at their retail price, 40 or 50 dollars more than what i would consider paying for it. i even couple of times tried to convince the salesclerks to just give me cash back for it.
    now i dont know if it is just the SC club monaco, but i havent gone back since i slowly used up the gift cert.
     


  4. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Distinguished Member

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    In comparison, I say Banana Republic is better in style and selection.
     


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    thisisme Senior Member

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    how does zara fit into this equation and MEXX if anyone knows about that store/brand
     


  6. nelly

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    I prefer BR over Club on every front except jeans. Club Monaco for some reason always seems to only have things in white, black or navy. Also, I think CM fits a little tighter (I'm a medium at Banana but large at CM)
     


  7. mack11211

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    BR better for officewear. CM I would not trust for tailored clothing, but they would be better for slightly trendy casual wear. CM is in the same design copy school as Zara, Mexx, H&M in that they are trying to find what's hot, make it cheaper and get it in there. Mexx and H&M do this faster and better, H&M being the king of it.

    Not sure how Mexx works in the rest of the country and world but in NYC they made a weak impression, quite in the shadow of H&M.
     


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