Brands that have INCREASED quality over time?

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  1. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    We always here about brands cutting corners on quality to slash prices and prop up margins. How many brands have you encountered that have actually increased product quality over time?

    I purchased my first Eton shirt in about 2 years today. I was ironing it (since I don't trust non-iron anything) and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they've switched over to single-needle tailoring as opposed to the lower quality double-stitch.

    I've also heard Coppley's website claim that they're making strides in quality and catching up to Italian companies like Canali, but I can't comment on how accurate that is since I'm not an expert on suit construction.
     


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    As for shirts, Eton are certainly better now, I've noticed that as well. I'd also say that Dior shirts now are better constructed than they were years ago..
     


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    I also just noticed that the patterns are matched at the sleeves, I don't believe they were before. As well the collar no longer uses the stiff heavy fusing that was their trademark before.
     


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    There are quite a few designer brands that have increased quality, but that was usually part of a general rebranding process that involved getting rid of licensed products. Christian Dior, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent all come to mind. I think Burberry has also gotten better.
     


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    Kuro Senior member

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    Gaziano & Girling.
     


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    Define "quality".
     


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    Edward Green. No personal experience, but Manton has said their work took a significant turn for the better after John Hlustik acquired them in the '80s.
     


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    I think you could make an argument for J. Crew.

    When they debuted in the early 90s, it was a sad Ivy League wannabe.

    Now their styling is worlds sharper, but they can also sell you a canvassed blazer. Fabrics have improved as well.
     


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    Also, Paul Stuart.

    When Frazier wrote about them in 1960, they were one of the downmarket places where you could get the Ivy League look.

    Nowadays, downmarket they are not.
     


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    Barneys New York started out as a discounter in Chelsea when Chelsea was a dump. Barneys went up scale & Chelsea gentrified when teh gheys started to move in in the early 80's.
     


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    Barneys New York started out as a discounter in Chelsea when Chelsea was a dump. Barneys went up scale & Chelsea gentrified when teh gheys started to move in in the early 80's.

    True dat. They were next to the Foundling Hospital down at 7th (6th?) and 17th St. I believe they maintained a presence there until the mid-90's.
     


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    Didn't know that about Barney's. Cool.
     


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    True dat. They were next to the Foundling Hospital down at 7th (6th?) and 17th St. I believe they maintained a presence there until the mid-90's.

    Isn't that right about where the outlet store is now?
     


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    Isn't that right about where the outlet store is now?

    Store location is now a buddhist museum and Loehman's.
     


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    We always here about brands cutting corners on quality to slash prices and prop up margins. How many brands have you encountered that have actually increased product quality over time?

    I purchased my first Eton shirt in about 2 years today. I was ironing it (since I don't trust non-iron anything) and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they've switched over to single-needle tailoring as opposed to the lower quality double-stitch.

    I've also heard Coppley's website claim that they're making strides in quality and catching up to Italian companies like Canali, but I can't comment on how accurate that is since I'm not an expert on suit construction.


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