- Aug 29, 2019
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This whole discussion was really interesting to read. Being in California, the sample sales are off the table for me, and that sounds like a good thing.I see the ingratiating compliments and words of congratulation at a sample sale as a cynical attempt to make you feel grateful for being ‘allowed’ to shop there. But maybe I’m just being a cynical grump myself, I don’t know.
i think this attitude does play into a bigger picture of declining quality though. Having someone grinning obsequiously at you and congratulating you on your way out of a sample sale having just parted with your money in exchange for some absolute shit does make the brand and it’s staff seem like a bunch shysters buckling under the weight of their own reputation.
i think the grim tone of constant complaining in this forum reflects that too. We’re clearly all here because we felt quite passionate about the brand and perhaps introduced to the world of menswear by it. That was the case for me a few years ago. I see these complaints as an appreciation for the drakes that drove us to actually join an online forum to gush about it in the first place.
I have only bought one item from Drake's since the pandemic began, and it was a houndstooth, cotton overshirt, which ended up being too small and was from the Archive Sale. As an item, it's night and day when compared to my all-time favorite thing to wear, the Drake's linen olive overskirt. I'm going to be a sad boy when the elbows wear through on that baby. I also have a pair of Clifford boots and a pair of Crosby boots from pre-2020 and one other overshirt I absolutely adore. I'd like to try Drake's oxfords and a tweed blazer or something like that.
The first time I came across Drake's was in 2018, and I had just started a job with a dress code for the office. Their lookbook that fall was a revelation for me. Even though it was expensive, the quality felt good enough to justify it. I think now, the pricing has jumped beyond the products. I'm overall less moved by what they make, and the pricing makes it even more so. It's funny you mention The Anthology because I've been lusting after their lazyman jackets now that I'm mostly set with overshirts.
Quality vs. price seems to be more and more of an issue in menswear, much to DieWorkwear's chagrin. Price feels very mismatched to quality across a number of brands. Another example for me is Sid Mashburn. I like the idea of their stuff, but some of the products I've bought from them have been relatively shoddy. Sid sells sweaters made in China for hundreds of dollars. I bought one of his famous polo shirts and a button flew off on third wear! I think it's a discussion that continue to be relevant, even if boring to some. Many of us have to be strategic with our acquisitions, after all and I think part of the menswear journey is figuring out what is worth paying for, what isn't, what's good enough for you and what works for your style and build.