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Brands that should have a better reputation...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by True North, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. m_wave

    m_wave Senior member

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    Allen Edmonds, due the myth of them being blobby "old men's shoes".

    When AE make a shoe that looks anywhere near as young man as a Martegani 7Y then let me know...
     


  2. epa

    epa Senior member

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    Is there a good place online to find out more about Carmina's offerings?

    I don't think so. I looked at their website some time ago (I don't remember the link) but it just doesn't make their product range justice. You have to visit their shops, and they don't have a lot of them (in Madrid we have three of them, I think, and the best one may be the one on Claudio Coello, or maybe the one on Gran VÃa).
     


  3. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    R. Martegani

    Always did make a good shoe. But was known for having too many pimp styled shoes in the 80s and 90s. They are now showing a more balanced selection of styles.
     


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    Belstaff. While they made a lot of jackets for movies, I don't think it's a well known brand - at least not in the Netherlands and I don't read a lot about them here.

    before knowing what Belstaff was I "borrowed" 3 of them from my dad's jacket closet over the last few years...definitely great jackets.
     


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    Panzeraxe II Senior member

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    amerikajinda Senior member

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    I feel like just about every corporate America manager views AE as pretty much the best shoe within his reach.
    Also true of the partners at my firm - many of whom earn well in excess of seven figures - I've never seen any of them wearing anything better than their $325 AEs -- only difference is that they probably paid full retail at the AE boutique, rather than picking them up at Nordstrom Rack. It's sad that they're seemingly oblivious to the world of $700+ shoes out there.
     


  7. N.K.

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    Belstaff. While they made a lot of jackets for movies, I don't think it's a well known brand - at least not in the Netherlands and I don't read a lot about them here.

    This is an interesting one. More of a mixed reputation really. Older, real U.K. Belstaffs are considered classics. When the Italians bought the brand (and got it into movies) purists sort of scoffed that they are now a poser brand. They re-issue classics like the leather Panther.

    Actually, I own a couple and they are very nice and high quality. A bit over-priced, but still nice coats.

    N.K.
     


  8. knittieguy

    knittieguy Senior member

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    Vestimenta - Not sure about the quality of the new stuff under new management, but I have a few suits that are a couple of years old and are excellent quality (fully canvassed, nice material) and nice styling (the fit fits me, anyway)

    Tallia - Again, not sure about the quality of the new stuff since they were bought out of bankruptcy, but their old suits were excellent quality for fused suits.

    G. Vasta - Not that it has a bad reputation, it is just not very well known.

    I'll second the Martegani reference. Fantastic shoe for the money. Trickers are underrated as well.

    White Horse scotch (made with Lagavulin).
     


  9. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Weston shoes. They should be thought of in the top RTW tier but aren't.
     


  10. yachtie

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    Is there a good place online to find out more about Carmina's offerings?

    www.carminashoemaker.com

    I'll also pitch in for Nagrani socks. Good sock, very long lasting and they look cool.
     


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    Abercrombie and Fitch - strange marketing, but you can't kill those clothes unless the trend dies first
     


  12. Eustace Tilley

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    Barney's house label ties
     


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    Weston shoes. They should be thought of in the top RTW tier but aren't.

    I agree with this 100%.
     


  14. yfyf

    yfyf Affiliate vendor Affiliate Vendor

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    Weston shoes. They should be thought of in the top RTW tier but aren't.

    It seems SF's view is their marketing campaign is too much (i.e. they have one).

    Someone posted a beautiful pair of Westons in the shoe porn thread a few months back. I have a friend who swears by Westons, but he did have have one pair's sole crack in half. That was a bit weird.
     


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    White Horse scotch (made with Lagavulin).

    +1 on this, although I did not know about the Lagavulin lineage.

    Spent many a good night (and cheap) with the Pale Pony.
     


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