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Ted Baker City of London web site?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rdawson808, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    First off, my thoughts go out to those in the UK and elsewhere affected by these bombings. The thread over in "current events, etc." has turned into a squabble, so I thought I'd do it here.

    Does anyone know if there is a website for City of London, the Ted Baker line? I have been to the TB site but, frankly it's not much use. Lot's of Flash stuff, but very little in the way of clothes. Specifically ties. Is there maybe another site (retail?) that happens to feature many CoL ties?

    best,
    bob
     


  2. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Not online, but you can find them pretty regularly at TJ Maxx and/or Marshall's (I've bought Ted Baker's eponymous line there, in fact).
     


  3. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Thanks, that's what I was afraid of. I got a great CoL tie at Loehman's in NYC back in the spring--cheap as can be. I absolutely adore it and was just wondering what the rest of the line looks like. EBay it is.

    bob
     


  4. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    Still not an online source, but the Loehmann's and Filene's around Baltimore and DC often have City of London ties cheap (didn't know it was Ted Baker related)... I have two, bought at the Towson Filene's. They haven't held up very well, honestly.

    I think a dept. store (Hecht's?) may have them at full retail, which is <$50, I believe.
     


  5. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    CoL is junk. Cheap China-made stuff ripping off Ted Baker, which in turn rips off RJ and DUchamp from three years ago. You will find it at Filene's Basement. Don't pay very much for it. Ted Baker is more expensive junk. You shouldn't pay much for either.
     


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    Expect a nice CoL tie for your birthday, RJMan. And a lifesize cutout of Tom Cruise to dress.
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Kiton green jacket included? (along with shit-eating grin).
     


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    I didn't know City of London was a line of Ted Baker.
    I actually like some of the ties.
     


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    Etruscan Senior member

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    I've only recently cottoned on to the fact that City of London is a Ted Baker line. Although Ted's eponymous stuff is hardly top-shelf, I'd never have guessed the connection, as it seems miles ahead of the City of London merchandise in quality of both design and construction. The ties, for example, are far heavier, more substantial, and knot well, whereas the CofL seem very flimsy (and have intolerably garish linings). I can't say I've been tempted by any of the hundreds of City of London ties I've seen at Filene's Basement or Marshall's. Filene's Basement often carries a lot of Ted Baker samples (sportshirts, sweaters, sportcoats) which are very cheap, even for what they are, and I enjoy mine, finding them fun pieces that work well for a casual-but-smart evening out.
     


  10. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Well, I guess I'm the heathen here. I quite like my one CoL tie. I have only had it for about 6 months, but it looks wonderful and I love the lining. Plus it only cost me 30 bucks or so at Loehman's in NYC. I'd be happy to buy a couple more at that price or less. I have nearly 30 ties and am not really in the mood to spend $100 on yet another.

    I kind of view it the way I view Old Navy clothes. I can buy a pair of ON shorts for a few dollars (20 or less) and if I have to replace it in a year it's no loss. So if a CoL tie only lasts two years then that's fine. There are a number on EBay nwt that are less than $10.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    When I purchased my two Ted Baker ties ($8 each on clearance) at TJ Maxx I saw some CoL ties with the exact same pattern, but more flimsily made (TB ties are of decent standard construction). My brother-in-law bought a decent looking CoL tie at TJ Maxx and it frayed badly at the blade after only one or two wearings. RJ Man has witnessed exact duplication of designs between Richard James and Ted Baker (we've discussed it) so his hierarchy is correct. Of course, their retail prices reflect this: RJ, $130 (more?); Ted Baker, ~$75; CoL, ~$35-$40.
     


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    OK, I was harsh about Ted. Alan's right -- it's of ordinary construction, so that can't be called junk. I just don't feel $75 is an ordinary price for a tie. So if one can score them from a discount place, I think it's an ok value. As to me, I either spend under $30 or over $100 on a tie -- either deep discount or the occasional major indulgence. It's hard for me to rationalize the in-between.
     


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    I enjoy City of London ties. While the quality is not the best, some of their designs are unique and are perfect when I am looking for a certain look. I love ties and they have come to my rescue when I am looking for that perfect tie that I have found by them. I have bought them on Ebay and have been pleased with how they have held up and how they know.
     


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