Did You See Thom Browne in Newsweek?

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  1. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

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    The "new" male designer de jour, Thom Browne, is featured in "Who's Next" in Newsweek's year end edition (January 3, 2005, p. 102). The profile is entitled "Suits Us If It Suits Him." Master Browne's outfit look like it shrunk or if he had grown out of it. Note the following style horrors: 1. Coat is too short by 5" (looks like a boy's coat); 2. Coat sleeves are too short by 2"; 3. Shirt sleeves are too long by 1" 4. Pants are 3-4" too short; and 5. No socks with "gunboat shoes." Is this new wunderkind the exponent of geek chic or clueless hick? Who would pay $2,200 for this?
     


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    Some of the touches purport to be early '60s prep careless (very tapered slacks worn short; white button-down shirt; gunboat Florsheim shoes; skinny tie). Simultaneously expensive and tacky. No nostalgia value at all.
     


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    Wow... wow. I can't even begin.
     


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    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I know several people who have bought his clothing. I don't get it either. The first guy I met bought a pair of Grey Flannel pants for about $900. He likes the cut. I ran the wholesale numbers for him. He was a little embarrased to have paid that much. I told him Mr. Ned could copy them for less then a third of that price.

    The second guy had the wrong build for Thom Browne's clothing. It is made for small slight men. No one with muscles, shoulders, or a belly.

    The clothing is made in Queens in one of the better factories left in the city. It is a well made garment. But I don't think it warrents those prices. It does not have any special details or extensive hand work.

    It looks like you got caught in the rain and your suit shrunk.
     


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    looks aside, I have a different problem with it. If you like the look, its something that you really have to commit to. I think you would look silly if you only owned one or two of his suits. All your other ones would look "normal" and then every once in a while you would wear your Thom Browne suit. Might be a little disconcerting. I like consistency in my suit wardrobe. Maybe thats an individual thing, I dont know.

    oh, and you would look like a total idiot who has no style and needs this guy to supply you with some.
     


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    He's not quite the fifth best dressed person in the photograph...
     


  8. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

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    I've heard of the emperor having no clothes, but this is a case of the emperor wearing shrunken clothes.

    Dear Shirtmaven: I've heard that the clothes were made in the city's other extant factory in Brooklyn. In any event, the mark-ups from the factory to the store are incredible.
     


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    brings to mind "the emperor's new clothes"..can anyone really think his designs are attractive or sylish? i'm still wondering what he has on the buyer at bergdorf (why else would he be featured there?)
     


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    Among other things, Browne says he is influenced by the old Sears catalog as well as by JFK, etc. Why does someone want to look like a Sears catalog? Frankly, no matter what the quality of mfr of those clothes, it looks like any of us could go to the Boys' Vintage section of Goodwill and get that look for $5. Why is this fashionable? I want to be in NYC and see some young dandy striding down the street in his Thomfoolery.
     


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    Be careful what you wish for... [​IMG]
     


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    Wow, you guys are tough. Has anyone actually been to Bergdorf and seen these suits, I have. They are actually very well made, in fact, I think alot of you would be surprised how well made they are.

    In his boutique at Bergdorf, there aren't many items, with about half of them being suits. His casual shirts are pretty nice. I don't mind his suits so much, however I couldn't picture wearing them in the winter. The cut of his pants are really nice, and I could see picking up a pair for the summer.

    What I'm really surprised about is how much press this guy gets. I mean, what the hell is going on here?
     


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    i have seen it up close and personal..have to admit it looks better on mannequin or shelf..perhaps it only looks so bad on the designer himself [​IMG]
     


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    That may be, but you must admit the picture of the designer himself is not confidence-inspiring. Who would trust someone looking like that, to sell him clothes? He obviously doesn't understand how clothes are supposed to fit.

    Is this the same guy that GQ had in a photoshoot a while back, wearing what he thought was a mod-inspired suit that was just too small and worn all wrong? That guy looked like an idiot too.
     


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    He has hired an excellent publicist.
     


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