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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, Aug 4, 2012.

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  1. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Tons of fabric sellers on ebay as well as Mood Fabrics online.

    http://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics.html?content=6857
     


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    I put navy cord patches on the elbows of my favourite navy cashmere v neck which had worn through after about 15 years service. Looked great.
     


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    Have you thought about walking into a Loro Piana store or giving them a call? If they don't offer to repair/patch it themselves, they may be amenable to giving/selling you a knitdown from the factory so that you can make patches...?
     


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    I was just thinking about that. No store in Atlanta but I may give them a call. I assume they won't have much to say, but worse comes to worst I'll call Bernard at home.
     


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    What color cashmere are you looking for?
     


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    Is that the Air Jumper already needing patches?
     


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    Yes. But I even managed to get a hole in my Stark. :)
     
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    Some of the examples in that video look suspiciously like cum stains. :eh:
     


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    I like the air jumpers I have, but they don't seem particularly robust.
     


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    I like the couple I have too; they haven't started developing holes yet, but they do seem to pill and lose their shape a bit.
     


  13. dieworkwear

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    Old Op-Ed from BoF about the closing of Atelier. Although not about classic men's clothing, I think the broader story about e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retail, and competitive pricing is relevant.

    http://www.businessoffashion.com/2013/12/op-ed-goodbye-atelier.html

    A good quote

    I know @LA Guy is recovering from surgery, but if he's around to comment, I'd love to hear his thoughts.
     


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    The Euro VAT tax loophole is as real as it gets. It's essentially disguised dumping and is slowly eating up US retail. Does anyone think there's a particularly good reason for the success and proliferation of online stores in the UK/EU pushing into the US market with less than average sites, 2 pics of each garment and no good information? There is one : they're effectively 20% under msrp because of VAT detax and lack of duties levying on this side of the Atlantic.
     
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    I agree. This kind of problem seems to exist for Japanese goods too. In certain corners of fashion, you can find Japanese things pretty easily online, which pretty negates the need to ever buy from a US store (where prices are always about ~30% higher). It seems like the only reason why the problem isn't as big is because not many Japanese stores have English-friendly webshops.

    I'm curious, Greg, what do you think is the solution? As a person who's now neck deep in retail, I imagine you've thought about this a lot. At least for me, the big draws to buying from a US store are usually 1) unique makes, 2) MTO (for some reason, not often offered by a European online store), 3) easier returns (cause ordering clothes over the internet still comes with various risks). I don't know if that actually translates to sales, and importantly, profits though. I could see high return rates also eating into a store's profits.
     
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