Chester barrie socks

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bic Pentameter, May 19, 2004.

  1. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    May 1, 2002
    I had an interesting experience here in Japan the other day.

    I was browsing at my local discounter, a store that carries ties by Dunhill, Hermes, Lancel, and Bulgari and shoes by C&J, among others, and came across a pair of socks with "Chester Barrie" on the tag. They went for Y500 yen (about $4.50)

    The label said something like "These socks were made in Japan by ABC Co. under license from the UK firm Chester Barrie."  

    I started to pay more attention to the tags on other socks on the rack.  There were several well-known names, each made by ABC Co. with a similar label.

    In contrast to the Chester Barrie label, a label on another brand said "These socks were made in Japan by  [the same ABC Co.] using technology transferred from [well-known UK firm]."   ABC Co. recieved a transfer of cutting edge toe linking technology, perhaps?

    The socks seemed well enough constructed, and I thought it might be fun to have a Chester Barrie "piece" in my wardrobe (or in this case, sock drawer) but they were not over-the-calf, so I resisted.


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