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Odd mislabeled rlpl spotted at filene's

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kabert, May 10, 2004.

  1. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Just an FYI of sorts -- Yesterday in a huge rack of Ralph Lauren clothes at the Filene's Basement (Chevy Chase, DC) store here in DC -- both blue label and purple label -- I came across a mislabeled "purple label" sweater. The label sewn into the sweater was the purple label, which read that the sweater was 100% cashmere. The sweater didn't feel like cashmere at all though, so I took a look at the fabric content label that's sewn into the interior seam on the inside of the sweater. That label was NOT a purple label tag (should be same bright purple color; I think it was a dull grey color) and read that the content was something like 60% acrylic and 40% wool. Pretty shocking, given the quality control I would expect from RL regarding Purple Label. I would have expected that RLPL is made at a different "factory" than regular RL. Anyway, this was the only one I noticed like this. Thought I'd pass it along.
     
  2. Duveen

    Duveen Senior member

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    Interesting that you should mention labelling and Filene's.

    I have the distinct impression that the Brioni shirts that they are selling - at least some of them - are of a different, lesser quality than the ones found at NM, elsewhere. Maybe not a false label, but certainly lower grade. And some - but by no means all - of their Zegna stuff seems to have slightly 'off' labels.

    Have you had any similar experiences?
     
  3. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    I may agree with you on the Zegna -- there seems to be a lower grade Zegna shirt that they carry. But it may also be carried by NM and Saks -- I'm not sure. I bought a Zegna shirt from Filene's several months ago -- one that didn't have a tag indicating that it came from, say NM or Barney's -- in a size 17. The fabric is very nice, but it's a light blue dress shirt and there is no where to insert collar stays.. So I really can't wear the shirt with a tie, as the collar doesn't lie perfectly flat.

    As for Brioni, the only Brioni that I recall seeing at Filene's all had the store's label still on it -- NM/Bergdorf's/Barney's, etc. -- so I can't say it was a lesser grade. On the other hand, I have been surprised by the wide variety of non-business clothes that Brioni seems to produce and which I've seen in Filene's. Some items look like Tommy Bahama (Hawaiian shirts, etc.), for example.
     

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