Brands that represent quality above all else

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  1. itsstillmatt

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    Sulka had that quality of seemingly effortless elegance which I don't really find amongst current brands. Ralph's Purple Label has some of that, but not everything measures up to the same level: shirts for example are a weak point.

    Sulka: so on the money.

    But, if we turn to defunct brands and stores, there are so many: history is littered with the long gone uncompromiser.


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    Dancing with yourself, Bill?

    That would explain the bruised toes.


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    Loro Piana for me. Akris for my wife.

    I'm curious about Akris...don't they do bespoke?


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    Yeah...but how do you deal with the RTW output into high end retailers? Don't you thing there is some compromise involved?


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    I can see where you are coming from. I have never experienced any "service" from Charvet. I guess one would have to visit them in Paris to receive that.

    Their shirts are about as well-made as one could hope for. Pattern matching, no fusing, great fabrics, 20 stiches per inch, all neatly done--no compromises I can detect.

    Their ties are delicate. They fray easily. Are they delicate or inferior? I still think they look great.
     


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    Their shirts are about as well-made as one could hope for. Pattern matching, no fusing, great fabrics, 20 stiches per inch, all neatly done--no compromises I can detect.

    Charvet shirts have proven to be the most durable of all brands of shirts I have owned. I still have a few from a 1990 trip to Paris that have suffered many years of commerical laundering.

    I just wish the collars were a bit more generous in scale...but I recently scammed an unlined seven fold Rubinacci tie from another forum member, that that might finally tie a knot proportioned to the Charvet standard collar.


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    I'm curious about Akris...don't they do bespoke?


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    Not to my knowledge ... purely RTW for Women, I believe. Brilliant quality and understated.
     


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    Bower & Wilkins

    Interesting. They do a lot of research.


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    What are yours?

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    Great question, B.

    For clothes I make the distinction between a brand (Hermes, JL Paris, Toyota/Lexus/Ferrari, Sulka, Patek) and a single person's product (Steed, April in Paris), in the same way that I think eating at Spice Market or Vong is different from eating where I can see Jean Georges in the kitchen.

    Although company philosophy and identity, especially if dictated and overseen by one person, is paramount - I tend to like products that I can have some specificity in. For example, instead of a Tom Ford suit made for X, a suit made for X by So and So. Subtle, but the distinction is there.

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    Everytime I get shirts made, I briefly show a Charvet shirt to the shirtmaker as an example of things I like. They usually say, "no big deal, what's so special about that shirt? Our stuff is just as good!" But when the shirt comes, and I compare it to a Charvet, the Charvet always wins on quality.
     


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    Blue Note Records

    Original pressing Impulse.


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