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Has RLBL fallen out of favour with SF?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Wayward, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Wayward

    Wayward Senior member

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    I've noticed recently that on the B&S, RLBL suits no longer move, and even then require some significant price drops. As well, very few people recommend them anymore, and I see instead a rise in PRL items. What happened?

    Discuss.
     
  2. gumercindo

    gumercindo Senior member

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    not sure but I have a couple guesses...

    1) price has gotten too high and there's less of a supply in stores
    2) overall look of the line has fallen out of favor due to the strong shoulders of the last couple years.
     
  3. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    RLBL is my favorite off the rack suit. Barely needs any alterations
     
  4. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    I still like it. My only complaint is the patterns available. They are a little on the boring side.
     
  5. earthdragon

    earthdragon Senior member

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    +1 - They fit me like a 'Flesh Tuxedo' OTR - Cuffs and I am good to go.
     
  6. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    QFT. And their dress shirts fit really nice. RLPL fits baggy on the arms and body a bit (unless I get the tailored fit) but RLBL fits perfectly.
     
  7. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    Economy =[ Most retailers for the last couple years have gone super conservative. staples people always need and will buy, but cooler patterns may go unsold on the racks.
     
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    sportin_life Senior member

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    I find that RLBL shirts aren't that slim compared to some other slim fit brands.

    For the suits, they are nice but the shoulders are a bit exagerrated. Also, the price of the suits on these forums has shot up as someone else mentioned compared to what they used to go for.
     
  9. NAMOR

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    sleeves for me because most are tagged Regular instead on Long.

    when on sale, i dont hesitate to buy RLBL suits because its doesnt require another $100 for it be wearable

    one quip I do have about RLBL, im having difficulty finding a solid colored charcoal or navy suit. everything seems to stripped
     
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  10. NotoriousMarquis

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    NAMOR, you are too lucky. Im 5'6", and any place that sells any OTR jackets my size that aren't vintage ones from my dad and gradfather (Uniqlo, sadly) changes styles too often, and the pants are always cut baggy (im 120 pounds, so 'skinny' is normal, 'slim' is baggy sometimes). Not to mention the quality. I've seen RLBL on sale for under 300 even.

    I suppose Theory fits me but it just looks like wrinkles whenever i try one on.
     
  11. CruzAzul

    CruzAzul Senior member

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    They lost me with the super-skinny, inadequate little lapels. But then, I think "Mad Men" blows and Tom Ford is my hero.
     
  12. chogall

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    no. the prices increases for RLBL has been astronomical in B&S.

    i got all mine at $400 and change and that was on the expensive side.

    and, inventories are getting lean and RLBL are getting fairly popular in China, which means RL can dump them in China at twice the retail here.
     
  13. LS7

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    The last RLBL suit I sold on B&S went in less than 24 hours at my asking price. It's going to depend on whether you're selling a staple suit in a solid colour such as navy or grey, or something less popular, for example single breasted peak lapel.


    This


    A couple of years ago perhaps? The amazing deals of 2008/2009 aren't available anymore in my experience. RLBL at outlet costs much more than $400 these days, then there's PayPal fees and shipping on top.
     
  14. vida

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    NAMOR, I am with you on the fit. For me, hem the trousers and go. I love it.
    Superfluous, RLBL can be made with RLPL fabrics. I was told this by the SA during the made-to-measure event.
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    :inlove:
     
  16. saint

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    Maybe, I've had a 44L RLBL suit in a very subtle charcoal pattern on B&S for a week at a reasonable price, $500, and have had no inquiries yet. Thinking of putting it on Ebay as it may just be too big for the typical SF buyer.
     
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    Ralph Lauren Black Label has fallen on the wayside because we all only buy for brand. Anything less than Hermes, Kiton, Attolini etc is pure crap and wont win you the respect you deserve. RLBL = pure trash, and we all know it. Ralph Lauren is not conning us anymore with his second rate offerings.

    Whomsoever knows me will deduce from this post I am trolling and kidding around. RLBL appears to have fallen out of favor due to limited degrees of freedom in bargain suit racks or online - i.e. lack of cheap affordable inventory in our usual bargain hunting spots. At retail, most here would prefer to spend $900 on an Isaia suit versus $800+ on a RLBL suit. Nuff zed, but RLBL is still a good brand worthy of investment if you fit it.
     
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  18. vida

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    RLBL is Caruso. That is plenty in my book.
     
  19. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Conjures up an image that I didn't want to see :foo:
     
  20. stevent

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    Thom Browne / Black Fleece should be perfect


    I think there's less since the new update on forum, plenty of sellers appealing to people who were not on the forum before. A bunch of my sales come from people with one or two posts and usually it's for some J. Crew or the like
     

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