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What are the greatest menswear brands of all time?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by YoungAmerican, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Jamesgatz

    Jamesgatz Senior member

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    Just to give a shout out: Ralph Lauren, Brioni, Kiton, and - more controversially - Loro Piana for both its fabrics and excellent sweaters and other haberdashery.
     


  2. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It will be one list, and it will be largely arbitrary. But there are already some great ideas I'd left off our first draft - Burberry, for example. Which I think deserves to be on the list for inventing one of the most important staple clothing items, and keeping the brand relatively important outside of that.
     


  3. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think that the perspective will be American, but we will at least try to have some representation for fashion. Probably at least some of the fashion folks who've really changed trends in more traditional circles (Cardin, YSL, Thom Browne, Armani) and some representation from the folks you mentioned, plus maybe an Antwerper or two.
     


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    This thread has already turned into a list of brands to "instakop" rather than really answer the question.

    Charvet, Rolex, Peal, LL Bean, Luxxotica, Swaine Adeney...? :confused:
     


  6. jeff13007

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    well he did ask for 50 lol. But if i were to choose it would be Brioni
     


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    Guangzhou Double Happiness Menswear Fashion Co, Ltd.

    Louis Vuitton. :slayer:
     
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  9. bellyhungry

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    Helmut Lang's slim suits.
     


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    I would say Brooks Brothers, Brioni, Ralph Lauren.
     


  11. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    (relatively) recent brands that are quite revered in SW&D:
    Raf Simons
    Hedi Slimane's work at YSL and Dior has been pretty influential from what I understand.
    Helmut Lang
    Yohji Yamamoto
    Martin Margiela
    Engineered Garments
     
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  12. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    I was trying to get clarification from the website on what they mean by "menswear." If it's broadly just "men's clothing," this and brands like Stussy should be included. Personally, I think that would make for a more interesting list (and one that's not as biased), but I don't know if we've heard back.
     


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    ...

    But seriously, I think it might help to think of them in categories. What brands/designers/tailors contributed to certain schools of thought or looks? So American/Ivy look, Neapolitan look, English look, Couture/Fashion look etc. Additionally, there are retailers (could be called "brands") that were innovators in both what they carried and the aesthetic they drove into the market even if they were less-than-successful business models. It would also be worth looking at what is driven the Japanese's buying as catering to their tastes has definitely had a huge influence on the luxury goods industry.

    Intentionally leaving out non tailored clothing type folks so as to focus scope.

    American/Ivy Style:
    Brooks Brothers
    Ralph Lauren
    J.Press
    Gant (Guaranteed to bleed, anyone?)
    Oxxford
    Paul Stuart
    Hickey Freeman/HSM (HMX corp)
    Alden
    Allen Edmonds
    (include bootmakers here? Red Wing, Frye, even the likes of Lucchese etc? larger question of what menswear means here)

    English Style:
    Hardy Amies
    Anderson & Sheppard
    Huntsman
    Poole
    Boateng
    Nutter/Sexton
    Barbour
    Gieves & Hawkes
    Turnbull & Asser
    Burberry
    Aquascutum
    Cleverley
    Lobb
    Crockett Jones
    Peal
    Drakes

    Italian Style:
    Rubinacci
    Brioni
    Kiton
    Corneliani
    Zegna
    Gucci (Horsebit loafers anyone?)
    Ferragamo (Italian? He's technically a hollywood guy)
    Barbera
    Attolini


    Fashion Style:
    Hermes
    Yves St Laurent
    Tom Ford (including his Gucci work here)
    Thom Browne
    Pierre Cardin
    Giorgio Armani

    Interesting stores/business model innovation or preservation:
    Arnys
    Sulka
    Loro Piana (really taken the fabric marketing to the next level, made it about the fabric and less about the designer)
    Cordings
    Ede & Ravenscroft (Who else still sells all the stiff collars, etc?)
    an HK Tailor like WW Chan who really work that travelling tailor bit/fast bespoke in HK.



    I'm sure I'm leaving out everything important but mainly I think breaking this up into categories, then sorting out the top 50 based on inclusion of these key spheres of influence is probably the easiest way to go about it.
     


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    It's an interesting question, and along with the question of scope, it also comes down to the definition of "greatest" - most influential? highest quality? most popular? most recognisable?

    I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

    Are you doing a litle write up for each brand? or just a list?
     


  15. jrd617

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    Corneliani better be on there. DocHolliday would probably agree.
     


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