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Has RRL jumped the shark?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BABuckeye, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. HORNS

    HORNS Senior member

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    Lefty, iammatt, and I would like to pay for your move to San Francisco.
     
  2. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    so i didn't really read most of the posts because the OP is so fucking stupid.

    RRL has /always/ made a mixture of seasonal pieces (the whacky shit you're equating with originality and value) and basics. just because rrl, chaps and polo all make a pink oxford doesn't mean there's a degradation of the design aesthetic of RRL.

    basically what your post is is this: "it upsets me that the design aesthetic that i think is so exclusive because it's so expensive is trickling down to cheaper brands, and it makes me feel less special"

    not only is it wrong, it's asinine.
     
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  3. Saturdays

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    TIL what asinine means.

    Yes OP is stupid.. how can you say Rugby is the new Chaps. Chaps would never carry Caruso suits, Selvedge Jeans, and Vintage Watches - let alone the entire line's general 'edgy prep' look and style. Even the price point is opposite of Chaps.

    I guess in the end RRL is less exclusive, but that is fine. I barely know anyone that even knows what RRL is. People always ask me what the RRL symbol on my shirt means. I have yet to meet anyone who owns something from Rugby, other than my mom who I bought a dress she asked for. I would say they are similar in exclusivity tbh.

    OP your problem will persist when you see RRL Factory Stores, similar to Polo Ralph Lauren Factory stores in outlets.
     
  4. jrd617

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    Better change your avatar!
     
  5. Jsoftz

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    I'm lost- what is the value of exclusivity in this situation? Does the shit fit you well? Do you like the styling? For me, the answer is yes to both so who cares about exclusivity. How "exclusive" can a OCBD be anyhow?

    The only situation that readily comes to mind where exclusivity has some sort value to me is when the garment or product was made specifically for you. That certainly isn't the situation here.
     
  6. BABuckeye

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    Not saying Rugby of 2011 is equivalent to Chaps of 2011 (which is no longer a RL brand); rather, just pointing out that both are diffusion lines from Ralph Lauren geared toward a younger audience. I own a couple Rugby items and think the line is well received by a generally younger audience. I never owned any Chaps items but I believe it was received in a similarly positive way in its heyday in the late 70s or early 80s.
     
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  7. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Senior member

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    I just want to know what 'diffusion line' even means when you're talking about Ralph Lauren. There appears to be no mainline.

    :confused:
     
  8. akatsuki

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    Don't all Ralph Lauren labels start on the other side of the shark to begin with?
     
  9. james_timothy

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    Does Ralph take his shoes off inside his home at RRL?
     
  10. threeleggeddog

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    I can't pull this up at the time being, but I can imagine how bad this could be from how obnoxious the D/S brand looks (the logo reminds me of an Ed Hardy version of Americana). Not that I want to compare Denim and Supply to RRL, but I think some of the issues in Denim and Supply are reflected in "expanding" the RRL vision. And these changes seem in-line with the release of the D/S brand. I'm not sure if it's a case of RL vision dry-out (and time to shake things up stylistically) or a poorly hired advertising agency, but I fear that they are starting to try to hard to sell americana, as opposed to let the customer seek out clothing that dresses their own inspired american-style vision. For me, what set the brand apart at RRL was it's subtle take on americana paried with top-notch quality casual basics. If they lose either the quality or the subtley, I think the customers will find new options pretty quickly.
     
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  11. jrd617

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    Nice stealth edit!
     
  12. bourbonbasted

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    :facepalm: Just saw that. I suppose that's one way to avoid being labeled a "dumb OP" in multiple responses...
     
  13. Saturdays

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    yes very nice stealth edit.
     
  14. jrd617

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    Maybe Ralph got it taken down. He has government connections now. His son just married a Bush. :lol:

    Bangable:

    [​IMG]
     
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    ayyyyyyyyh!
     
  16. in stitches

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    not sure id buy it but i think fashion wise its a very cool and intersting experiment. great photos on the site imo.
     
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    mmmmn, tan lines. :fonz:
     
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    Not bangable; looks too much like GWB.
     
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    Sounds like cowboy-wannabe gear to me.
     
  20. Amelorn

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    Oh, as somewhat of an SF'er, I know that Chaps was sold off. I am referring to the Chaps of the earlier part of the century. They were a diffusion line below LRL...ie...one could buy it in Kohl's or as the filler garbage of TJ Maxx. Rugby I think is more of a bridge line. The polos are priced identically to PRL stuff. The one thing is that Rugby stuff tops out at $250. It's PRL stuff for the (presumably) slimmer fitting college set..but still priced for students with more disposable income than would be typical.
     

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