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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by broady, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. Saucemaster

    Saucemaster Senior member

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    The real point here is free. It can't possibly hurt to get something for free, and if you like it but the cut isn't quite right, you can spend money to have it altered and not even feel bad.
     
  2. GWHiZiTSPHiL

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    Quality is decent, which is why I say pricing isn't that bad. You're getting what you deserve for the price you pay. I understand the whole wanting something more unique but you can't talk bad about it considering the pricing and what other people price their stuff for.

    Their jeans are pure garbage, I'll agree with that. The fact that they cost $60-$80 is horrendous. Wouldn't buy a pair if it were $30.
     
  3. VMan

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    Their denim is complete garbage, don't even waste your time with that.

    Their L/S and S/S tees are decent for layering.

    I picked up some nice striped polo shirts and L/S tees last summer that remind me of Trovata pieces.

    Some of their pants have interesting patterns, and are cut slim.

    Their dress shirts are nice for wearing under sweaters, and come in decent colors and patterns.

    If you can get some basics like charcoal wool pants, beige cotton pants, wool sweaters, etc. you should.
     
  4. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Their denim is complete garbage, don't even waste your time with that.

    Their L/S and S/S tees are decent for layering.

    I picked up some nice striped polo shirts and L/S tees last summer that remind me of Trovata pieces.

    Some of their pants have interesting patterns, and are cut slim.

    Their dress shirts are nice for wearing under sweaters, and come in decent colors and patterns.

    If you can get some basics like charcoal wool pants, beige cotton pants, wool sweaters, etc. you should.


    Their polos from last year were really nice but starting this year they put a huge ass lion on all of their polos. They aren't selling at $15 right now at any of the stores, there are huge stacks of them just chilling there haha.
     
  5. j

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    I think of Express as a failed H&M mixed with BR. Almost everything I've seen/gotten there has been fatally flawed in some way. It's really unfortunate because their basics could be great if they were designed better (i.e., there's no excuse, it wouldn't cost more to produce them).

    For example, the collars on all their shirts are a horrendous gigantic point collar that looks far too wide unbuttoned, yet doesn't lie right with a tie either. And they had some nice herringbone slim fit FC shirts I was interested in, but again, exactly the same collar design on every shirt.
     
  6. drizzt3117

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    I think of Express as a failed H&M mixed with BR. Almost everything I've seen/gotten there has been fatally flawed in some way. It's really unfortunate because their basics could be great if they were designed better (i.e., there's no excuse, it wouldn't cost more to produce them).

    For example, the collars on all their shirts are a horrendous gigantic point collar that looks far too wide unbuttoned, yet doesn't lie right with a tie either. And they had some nice herringbone slim fit FC shirts I was interested in, but again, exactly the same collar design on every shirt.


    A few years ago, Express made a premium tailored clothing line that was badass, but WAY too expensive. I bought a couple of the shirts at 80% off and they were still like $40, but they were really nice. I have a blue bengal stripe and a white shirt with blue stripes that are killer.
     
  7. tundrafour

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    I have a few polos from Express that I think are okay. They're not well constructed but fit well and have almost no branding (the buttons do say "Express" on them, but it's almost unnoticeable and I could replace them if I really cared). I paid $5 or $10 a piece for them on sale and don't regret it.

    That's pretty much the only thing I'd buy from Express, though. I don't know if there's really much else I'd even want for free. Socks and underwear, maybe...
     
  8. whodini

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    Free's free and good as long it isn't branded, but their stuff in general is usually way overpriced. That's probably why there's a "sale" every time I pass by it at a mall.
     
  9. Augusto86

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    A few years ago, Express made a premium tailored clothing line that was badass, but WAY too expensive. I bought a couple of the shirts at 80% off and they were still like $40, but they were really nice. I have a blue bengal stripe and a white shirt with blue stripes that are killer.

    So THAT's where my coat comes from. It has some shit about design studio on the inside and it's made of 100% wool, really rare. It actually has a whole story: I went there looking for a slim-cut overcoat and found a nice 3-button black one in a soft fabric, bought it, and then when I was at home and reading SF I noticed that it was 70/30 wool/polyester.

    I got pissed and marched back the next day and the saleslady, who was really sweet(and hot!), showed me the coat I now have, in a smooth, glossy, almost suit-like thick wool. Covered placket, real buttonhole, just lots of nice detailing. Not as warm but 10X more stylish and only $50 more. It just FELT a million times better than all the other stuff there, they only had about 3 in the whole store, and I never saw it online or anywhere else.

    I honestly used to think it somehow ended up there by mistake. But maybe it was just that premium line. Do you remember what it was called?
     
  10. drizzt3117

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    So THAT's where my coat comes from. It has some shit about design studio on the inside and it's made of 100% wool, really rare. It actually has a whole story: I went there looking for a slim-cut overcoat and found a nice 3-button black one in a soft fabric, bought it, and then when I was at home and reading SF I noticed that it was 70/30 wool/polyester.

    I got pissed and marched back the next day and the saleslady, who was really sweet(and hot!), showed me the coat I now have, in a smooth, glossy, almost suit-like thick wool. Covered placket, real buttonhole, just lots of nice detailing. Not as warm but 10X more stylish and only $50 more. It just FELT a million times better than all the other stuff there, they only had about 3 in the whole store, and I never saw it online or anywhere else.

    I honestly used to think it somehow ended up there by mistake. But maybe it was just that premium line. Do you remember what it was called?


    I don't think Express Design Studio is the same thing, although most of the stuff from that collection are pretty good. The labels on the shirts I have say "Express Premium Tailored Collection". I think they still make some Express Design Studio stuff though.
     
  11. VMan

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    A few years ago, Express made a premium tailored clothing line that was badass, but WAY too expensive. I bought a couple of the shirts at 80% off and they were still like $40, but they were really nice. I have a blue bengal stripe and a white shirt with blue stripes that are killer.

    I have a couple of those shirts that I bought for pretty low prices.

    The fabrics are really nice on those shirts - I've seen some of the EXACT fabrics on the Jantzen website, and also on some moderately high-end RTW dress shirts ($150-$250).
     
  12. drizzt3117

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    I have a couple of those shirts that I bought for pretty low prices.

    The fabrics are really nice on those shirts - I've seen some of the EXACT fabrics on the Jantzen website, and also on some moderately high-end RTW dress shirts ($150-$250).


    yeah, two of them are some of my favs, not as nice as my CF, Attolini, Borreli, or Kitons, but probably pretty close to RLPL (Lorenzini) or Turnbull/Assers
     
  13. Arethusa

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    Express Design Studio is just Express. It's not their briefly lived high end line.
     
  14. Augusto86

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    Express Design Studio is just Express. It's not their briefly lived high end line.

    Well whatever. I'm partial to good clothes wherever they come form.

    I just wish they put better buttons on their clothes...gr...
     
  15. ThomeLoire

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    I worked at Express from 03 - 05 or so, before I was offerred internships. Most of your comments are pretty much correct. The jeans are crap, generally though they did release two nice jeans which were both made in italy and had some heavier denim which they claimed was japanese but I can't say I really checked into that. The jeans themselves were more modern cut one was cut almost exactly like a Zathan and other like a Rabox. I think at one of of our meetings it was even admitted that they had basically copied the designs. I scored one of each of them when they went to 50% off and still weren't selling well.

    Most of the quality of their stuff is crap. For basics the charcoal suiting got me through my first interview and though its fused and I've moved onto better for four hundred dollars you could do a lot worse considering that the suit is at least cut on the slim side compared ot most stuff in that price range.

    The premium shirting / jackets they had done was put into effect at the end of my time there. At the same time they were selling actual sterling silver double sided links and some other pieces that were really nice. Those shirts were all made in Italy and if you own one it will say something to that point on the inside collar. My problem with there shirts were they were always S-XL and never in arm / neck sizes. Sadly the upper end line was basically a flop as no one was going ot pay the original cost of 60 - 80 dollars for a shirt. What you expect of mall shoppers really? Most people commented that they were really nice tried them on saw the price and then said well not so much. I haven't been back to re-evaluate the new stuff. I am guessing you could do worse for basic stuff but in general its not mind blowing by any means.
     
  16. drizzt3117

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    I worked at Express from 03 - 05 or so, before I was offerred internships. Most of your comments are pretty much correct. The jeans are crap, generally though they did release two nice jeans which were both made in italy and had some heavier denim which they claimed was japanese but I can't say I really checked into that. The jeans themselves were more modern cut one was cut almost exactly like a Zathan and other like a Rabox. I think at one of of our meetings it was even admitted that they had basically copied the designs. I scored one of each of them when they went to 50% off and still weren't selling well.

    Most of the quality of their stuff is crap. For basics the charcoal suiting got me through my first interview and though its fused and I've moved onto better for four hundred dollars you could do a lot worse considering that the suit is at least cut on the slim side compared ot most stuff in that price range.

    The premium shirting / jackets they had done was put into effect at the end of my time there. At the same time they were selling actual sterling silver double sided links and some other pieces that were really nice. Those shirts were all made in Italy and if you own one it will say something to that point on the inside collar. My problem with there shirts were they were always S-XL and never in arm / neck sizes. Sadly the upper end line was basically a flop as no one was going ot pay the original cost of 60 - 80 dollars for a shirt. What you expect of mall shoppers really? Most people commented that they were really nice tried them on saw the price and then said well not so much. I haven't been back to re-evaluate the new stuff. I am guessing you could do worse for basic stuff but in general its not mind blowing by any means.


    The highest premium line did come in S-XL but it was a lot more than $60-80, it was at least $120-150, but was pretty damn good. I saw a lot of people looking at it then seeing the price tag and were like WTF!
     
  17. Jovan

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    Their denim is seriously garbage IMO. You're better off shopping for denim at Old Navy, at least it's cheap, although you can pick up Express denim at Marshall's sometimes for $9.99. For that price, it might be a good deal to cut into rags for cleaning my tile floor or something of the sort.
    You should consider taking some constipation pills.
     
  18. prozach1576

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    Most of their stuff is garbage, however the Producer pant is far and away the best pair of pants in that price range. The quality leaves a lot to be desired, but they fit me and look better than pants that I've tried on for triple the price.

    MX shirts aren't bad if you can get them for $20. Yeah, the collar is awful, but a big gaudy collar looks alright with a v-neck and the color selection is nice.
     
  19. drizzt3117

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    You should consider taking some constipation pills.

    Constipation would be the least of your problems while wearing Express jeans.
     
  20. briancl

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    I had a 30 dollar gift card from Express (for participating in a survey) and I could never find anything to spend it on. I knew that it would eventually expire, so after about 10 months I went and bought 30 dollars worth of socks. I had something like 4 dollars left on it.. so I binned it.

    The only non-sock item from express that I own are a few pocket T's that I wear when I work on my car. They cost 5 bucks when they have sales and are comfy.
     

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