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There haven't been a ton of new topics here lately, so- as I sit in my office trapped on a conference call for the last few hours- I offer you this one.  It's amazing what you (or at least I) think about at times like this.

Here's the deal:  your entire wardrobe is limited to five designers or clothing companies.  Price is no object- you can have whatever you like from that designer/company, and that includes all lines (i.e. both Purple Label and Polo Jeans), and as much as you want.  But you can only choose from the five to suit all your needs (work, play, evening, gym, etc.), from head to toe.  So this might be a chance to load up on $250 T-shirts from that obscure designer from Luxembourg- but his line might not be versatile enough to justify choosing it (or maybe it would, in your opinion).  Got it?

Here's my five, after difficult deliberations:

1. Giorgio Armani (from Collezioni to A/X, the king offers lots    to choose from) 2. Hugo Boss 3. Kenneth Cole 4. Diesel 5. Adidas

These narrowly beat out my runners-up (but ask me again next week), as I again seek out maximum versatility:  Helmut Lang, Salvatore Ferragamo, Thomas Pink, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Nike, Puma.

Yours?
 

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I agree with virtually every choice you made. Here's mine in no particular order:

1. Prada
2. Hugo Boss
3. Kenneth Cole
4. Christian Dior
5. Nike (strictly for athletic purposes only)
 

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I'm more practical:
1. Brooks Bros.
2. L.L. Bean
3. Joseph Abboud
4. Polo
5. Allen Edmonds (The only dress shoes I care to wear.)
 

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Ironic.  My fiancee' and I play a game called, if you had $1000 to buy clothes for (name an event) who and what would you buy.....

In no certain order, my typical choices...
1.  Armani (best of the best)
2.  Boss (great suits and casual clothes)
3.  Nike (the best athletic wear)
4.  Zegna (top of the line suits and ties)
5.  Calvin Klien (just love his clothes)

Other notables: Diesel, Joseph Abboud, Brooks Brothers (nice business wear), Dior, and Ferragammo.
 

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VODKA MARTINI.....

OK, Here are my five designers I think would be primo at all times:

1-Hermes of Paris- they make everything from sport to dressy bespoke suits and others-shoes included.
2-Lotto: for casual, running, playing, lounging etc..
3-Faconable- the French desinger has all types of dressy and casual clothes to have.-Jeans, Kaki's etc....
4-Brioni: for the suits-just ask Mr. Brosnon.
5-Burberry-I love this tartin, they have all the coats, scarves, gloves, shirts, sweaters.etc.etc.etc.etc.......


Ok for my honorable mention: Armani-within a hair of making my top 5, Ferregammo(sp?), Paul Smith/Etro, Jill Sander, Savile Row:James and J.., Kappa
 

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You guys are gonna get mad at me, but all I can say is EWWWW- Armani?
? King of What?
Mine are: 1. Ermenegildo Zegna 2. Luigi Borrelli 3. Luciano Barbera 4. Kiton 5. Isaia Honorable Mention- New and Lingwood, Turnbull and Asser, Canali, RL Purple Label, and custom tailors too numerous to mention
 

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Hey, LA Guy (or anyone else reading this who knows), you mentioned those Paper, Denim and Cloth jeans in your posting here.  I know a little bit about that company and the guy who started it, and I have some friends who've bought them but I haven't really looked at them myself (since I've been a loyal Diesel guy for a while now).  

But I've heard good things about these new jeans- what can you tell me about them?  Price?  Fit?  I heard there a few styles, grouped by how worn-in/beaten up they are, but I don't know much more.

Thanx.
 

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Interesting topic. Here are mine (in no order):

1) Helmut Lang--he's my favorite designer now that Jil Sander is no longer what it used to be.  They make my favorite jeans too.
2) Calvin Klein Collection
3) A. Testoni--these are my favorite shoes in the entire world.
4) Michael Kors--I've only seen previews from the trunk show, but I loved what i saw so far.  I just wish his line wasn't so expensive.
5) Adidas

If this had been asked to me a couple years ago, I would replace one of these with Jil Sander.  And I wear a ton of Jil Sander.  I refuse to buy it now that she no longer designs.
 

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Also, here are my honorable mentions:

Samsonite blacklabel; Cerruti; hLam; Malo; Prada; Tod's; Marc Jacobs (his signature line and the stuff he does for Louis Vuitton); Burberry; Rene Lezard; Sulka; and Neil Barrett.
 

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OK LA Guy, Explain to me how a "clothier" like Borrelli, or Canali, who've been making clothes since the 1930s don't "count", and Ralph Lauren, who makes very few of his clothes, and has only done so since the 1970s, does?
Same with Armani.....
 

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LA Guy:

None taken (offense that is). I guess I'm more of a proponent of the classics, and not the hype. We all know who the hyped people are, so I won't name names. A big plus with the classics is that they stay in style, and you don't have to replace significant portions of your wardrobe every season, or, at minimum, every two years.


I think that may be more where we are agreeing to disagree. Plus I'm a 46/58L, and most of the fashion forward designers don't even make anything that fits me. So, while I may admire their style, or think their boutiques are incredible (e.g. Yohji, and Helmut Lang in NYC), I consider them non-players because the general public is not exposed to their clothes, and will never wear them.

But I see where fashion can be like religion and politics...LOL
 

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