How good are RL Purple Label shirts really? (Comparatively speaking of course)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by countbaron, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    During the last couple of years I have stuffed myself with RLPL shirts bought on the Bicester/Oxford outlet for a extremely reduced price relative to RRP/MSRP.

    Just today I bought two at £50 each, when the sticker says RRP= £300

    Now, I know that this £300 price is not total BS like the RRP quoted by permanent discounters like Charles Tyrwhitt. These shirts are actually priced at £300 on RL London's flagship outside of the sales periods, and sold at a fantastic ([​IMG] ) discount of 30-50% in the RL London and Harrods Summer/Christmas sales, etc

    Then you have Italian shirts like Canali and Pal Zileri, that sell their main line shirts for £130-150 during most of the year and then go down to £55(Outlet)-75 (Non outlet) during the sales

    I have a bunch of these shirts and they don't seem any worse to me than the RLPLs

    So my questions to the 'shirt gurus' in SF are:

    1) How do RLPL shirts compare to main line Zileri/Canali quality wise?

    2) Who the hell (take away the rich and stupid/ignorant/can afford not to care) ever buys RLPL shirts at their RRP/MSRP?
     


  2. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Senior member

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    I would rank the RLPL/Lorenzini shirts ahead of Pal Zileri or Canali just because of the thick MOP buttons that Lorenzini uses. I love those buttons [​IMG]
     


  3. Jamesgatz

    Jamesgatz Senior member

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    I see no big difference in fabrics, although RLPL has some 170s which can be compared with Canali Exclusive Collection.

    I think RLPL has better collars than either Canali or PZ, they retain their shape better. Buttons are similar and less impressive than Borrelli, for instance.

    RLPL is overpriced at MSRP, just like most designer brands. As it can be easily found discounted, I will continue buying some RLPL shirts.
     


  4. stinsonbass

    stinsonbass Senior member

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    RLPL is overpriced at MSRP, just like most designer brands. As it can be easily found discounted, I will continue buying some RLPL shirts.


    +1 [​IMG]
     


  5. JR_Rider

    JR_Rider Senior member

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    +1 [​IMG]

    Agreed.
     


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