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Polo Ralph Lauren outlet has poor quality?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by aspriel, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. aspriel

    aspriel Senior member

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    I'm taking a trip up to the Chicago Premium Outlets mall, which has a PRL outlet store. I rather enjoy Polo stuff, and can always use more. I was informed this week that RL actually has a separate "line" of clothes they ship to outlet stores - has the Polo tag and all, but is made of much lesser quality material. I was also told this about the Banana Republic Outlet - that they aren't just factory seconds/out of season/didn't sell - they are actually inferior goods.

    Is this true? Anyone know/experience this?
     
  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Lots of outlets have merchandise made just for the outlets. This is certainly the case with Banana Republic and, of course, Brooks 346. In many cases, the merchandise is inferior to the main store stuff. I've never found anything I would buy in a BR outlet, and have all but given up going in.

    There's a lengthy thread on the Polo outlets here:
    http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ad.php?t=57847
     
  3. aspriel

    aspriel Senior member

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    Banana Republic does? It's confirmed, and quite inferior?

    I'd imagine Diesel doesn't... wouldn't be cost effective.

    The way I see it - if I'm just paying for the name - Banana or the Polo w/ the Pony - and getting an inferior product ... I could go to Wal-Mart and buy an inferior product, or if the name is that important, I could head off to eBay and buy some obviously fake cheap Polos.

    I like PRL and Banana's stuff not just for the name but because it's quite comfortable and I like it - if it's going to be uncomfortable, I won't bother...
     
  4. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Banana Republic's outlet stuff is borderline WalMart. Polo's outlet stuff is borderline crap. If you get lucky, you'll go to the Polo outlet when they have 10 items from the main store, which is about the most you'll ever find.
     
  5. Joel_Cairo

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    Banana Republic does? It's confirmed, and quite inferior?

    indeed. You can recognize it because the tag has three diamonds in a row over the words "Banana Republic." They say it denotes "inspired by our classic styles" which really means "we're ripping off our very own middle-to-low quality merch! YAY!"

    I went to a BBs outlet hoping for some cut-rate slim fits. Turns out the "oulet" was in fact a "factory store" (aka 346), for which they dont even manufacture slim fits.
     
  6. VMan

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    indeed. You can recognize it because the tag has three diamonds in a row over the words "Banana Republic."

    In addition to that, they may also have a thin line running through 'Banana Republic' (without the diamonds), or it may simply say 'Banana Republic', with 'Outlet' underneath.

    Funny, because the prices on the made-for-outlet stuff only seem to be about 25% of retail price for similar items in the actual stores (not that I shop at BR anymore).
     
  7. aspriel

    aspriel Senior member

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    Banana Republic's outlet stuff is borderline WalMart. Polo's outlet stuff is borderline crap. If you get lucky, you'll go to the Polo outlet when they have 10 items from the main store, which is about the most you'll ever find.

    So you're telling me despite my love of blue label polo shirts, the price difference isn't worth it? [​IMG]
     
  8. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    It just depends. Polo does have some shirts at their outlets that are main line but your mileage may vary. I have a few basic polos from the BR outlet line and they aren't terrible, although they aren't as high quality as stuff from the stores. I wouldn't say they're walmart quality, maybe more like between old navy and gap in quality, but for $10...
     
  9. Tuerney1

    Tuerney1 Well-Known Member

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    The whole practice kind of disgusts me.
     
  10. aspriel

    aspriel Senior member

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    What practice? Wanting to pay less for designer clothes?
     
  11. drizzt3117

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    What practice? Wanting to pay less for designer clothes?

    I imagine he's referring to making clothes not of their main label quality (i.e. diffusion) from their outlets.
     
  12. Tuerney1

    Tuerney1 Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. Although I don't actually have any issue with multiple lines of clothes but specifically with misleading outlet shoppers (who often travel quite some distance to the outlets), or at the very least being less than forthcoming with them, into believing they are purchasing quality items of the main lines at a great discount when they are actually purchasing what are likely lower quality products at a fair (or closer to retail) price. [​IMG]
     
  13. edmorel

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    Indeed. Although I don't actually have any issue with multiple lines of clothes but specifically with misleading outlet shoppers (who often travel quite some distance to the outlets), or at the very least being less than forthcoming with them, into believing they are purchasing quality items of the main lines at a great discount when they are actually purchasing what are likely lower quality products at a fair (or closer to retail) price. [​IMG]

    Brooks has a small sign at their outlet which says that the 346 line is specially made for the "outlet customer". Feels like they are saying, "for the cheap bastards who don't want to shop at our regular store".
     
  14. dusty

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    Brooks has a small sign at their outlet which says that the 346 line is specially made for the "outlet customer".

    Hahaha, ouch, outlet customers.
     
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    I purchased some medium gray slacks from Banana Republic that are the exact same as the pair they sell in the stores for $125, and I only paid $45. I never new that companies had inferior products that they sold only at outlets though. Now that is a shame. You'd think they would like to sell the good stuff at the outlets, because many times they could cut out on the middle men. Especially Polo, what Department store doesn't carry some form of Polo.
     
  16. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    I've had the same experience with the clothing at the Polo outlets.
     
  17. aspriel

    aspriel Senior member

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    I've had the same experience with the clothing at the Polo outlets.

    That it sucks?
     
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    Certainly... a friend of mine works at a shop and she told me they have an special stock for the sale period... with tags displaying high prices so when you buy it you'd say WOW, I got 70% off on this !
     
  19. Ramses

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    Neiman Marcus Outlets and Saks 5th Outlets have great Polo discount apparel
    that is great quality. I brought a 200$ Robert Graham shirt for 50$
     
  20. rgpuppy

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    Certainly... a friend of mine works at a shop and she told me they have an special stock for the sale period... with tags displaying high prices so when you buy it you'd say WOW, I got 70% off on this !


    My current employer makes clothing for several "Branded" outlet stores. This practice is not common amongest just the desingers or "better" labels but is the norm in the industry.

    Think about it....if you had 200+ outlet stores like a Polo how can you have enough seconds, overruns, or obsolete product across every catagory to fill the stores?

    In the old days when product was produced here in the USA or in nearby counrties like Mexico or the Dominican Republic the allowable seconds was like 3% of an cutting or order. When my former company made product for Polo they would take up to 3% seconds at a reduced price. Anything over that we were responsible for...Today with most product being made in Asia or the sub continent you only ship first quality product to the states. So there is vertually no seconds in teh USA...unless a quality issue is discovered once the goods arrive in the warehouse.

    BTW Old Navy is nothing more than cheap inferior Gap, etc...
     

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