What is wrong with Brioni?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Martingale, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Sander

    Sander Senior member

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    I see no other explanation.

    I'm totally mystified by the development, but that doesn't mean it doesn't make sense, business-wise. I'm sure they didn't sink this kind of money into an overhaul without having a new target audience in mind, market analysis etc. And to be honest, from my perspective it isn't a loss for classic menswear as well; there are a lot of brands that do the same thing they do, just without the big name and thus for a better price.
     
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  2. Martingale

    Martingale Active Member

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    I am a client and they'd better check with me if they want me to spend my money on their product.
     


  3. ericjens7

    ericjens7 Well-Known Member

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    The PG article hit it on the head. They were bought out by Kering and put in the direction of a "fashion brand". In so doing Brioni has neglected and forsaken their sartorial history. It is really sad. When I first decided to take on the task of being a bespoke tailor Brioni was a work of art to me. A respected brand that was upholding the sartorial tradition. It's sad to see how "Gucci" it is now and how far from hand made it is. If one ever has the courage to open up a $8k off the peg suit you will be surprised at how little hand work is left inside a modern Brioni
     


  4. pine tree

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    How do you know it wasn't that core customer base that started the downfall? Now a days, those people aren't keen to spending $5,000 on suits as they used to
     


  5. Martingale

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    [​IMG] amazing

    on another note, never having much experience with Brioni, it's a shame this logo has been cast aside, it's like the Ferrari Dino 246 of typefaces

    [​IMG]
     


  7. gs77

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    You didn't really understand what I wrote.
    I don't think their core market is spending less per suit, I think there are just less of them due to a) aging, b) shift of economic power to different geography.

    Younger buyers, and Asian and Russian buyers (there, I said it!) are not willing to pay $5k for the same looking shit costing far less; that they uses to wear before they acquired buying power. What they want is to project that "Italian industrialist", or "NYC Lawyer" image - original customer base of brand like Brioni.

    And, other brands are doing just fine. Maybe Brioni should have fought tooth and nail for James Bond, instead of siding with Metallica and letting Tom Ford win :)

    See where I'm going with this?
     


  8. Martingale

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    Then it makes sense to assume that the Kitons and the Attolinis would follow a similar trend. It would strike me that Kiton suits are not bought by the same economic stratum of clientelle as Brioni, or than Brioni onwers are by default of higher age than those who buy Kiton.
     


  9. gs77

    gs77 Senior member

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    Not sure what I understand. But seams Kiton and Attolini is sticking to their image, or "what image they project" (high quality, very expensive, suited for wealthy people who not only have money, but some class as well, blah blah). Rightfully, they assume if they project this image, lot of new-money people will eventually come to them.
     


  10. gs77

    gs77 Senior member

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    To expand a bit on my understanding why is Brioni in decline...

    "Brioni" got it's name from famous summer resort island for wealthy Italians. Brioni is an island in Adriatic sea. Before WWII it (like most of Dalmatia and Istria) belonged to Italy.After WWII it became part of Yugoslavia. Brioni was used as Tito's (Yugoslav communist head of state) private island,where he even had a private zoo - it was really prototypical retreat of a James Bond bad-guy.

    So, Brioni was, as a brand, projecting this kind of upper class image. "Nomen est Omen", after all. A bit of an "Italian industrialist", "NYC Investment Banker", but also a bit of "Shady businessman", "Third world dictator" type of image - all still great marketing in the cold war world.

    So times change, but Brioni kind of remains in this image that no one wants to project any more. No one.

    Here is an example of what I'm talking about. Is I google for images of "Kitonsuit", or "Attolini suit" I get images of some nice looking middle aged men, seemingly doing some serious business or relaxing with their good looking wives. They look sophisticated, rich, but also kind of... ethical if that makes sense. If I google for images of "Brioni suit" I will get some of the same stuff, but also a lot of Donald Trump and characters like John Gotti and other shady types.

    Even the newest of the neuveau riche do not want to identify with Trump or Gotti. People that do want to identify with, say, Trump, do not have money to spend on Brioni suit. And, I didn't have any intention of making this into political discussion, just looking at it from marketing/branding perspective.

    So, IMHO, as much as we like to talk about craftsmanship, quality, style etc, I think where Brioni falls short is branding, pure and simple.
    Whether they will be able to turn ship around with new imaging, as they are trying? No, because they simply do not have brand potential as, for example, YSL.
    Will their owners make money? Yes they will squeeze cash from the brand, burying it along the way.
     


  11. FlyingMonkey

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    Thanks for the history from @gs77 . It's pretty obvious where Brioni are trying to go. They're trying to move away from musty 'men's tailoring' and into runway 'high fashion' (SLP, Dior et al.). I am not sure who the market is - probably more Chinese entrepreneurs with money to burn than anyone else. But the Metallica video is quite amusing. The only thing I agree with the OP about is that the logo is a bit shit. Apart from that, this is all movement in a ludicrously expense niche section of the fashion market that doesn't really affect or worry me at all...
     


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    The new owner has taken the decision to target a different audience, obviously he thinks that will be (more) profitable. Those who liked the old designs will obviously be alienated but the die has been cast; Brioni is dead, long live Brioni.
     


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    perhaps.......but not gonna happen

    still not gonna happen.......


    definitely not gonna happen.......

    But of course.....please keep an eye on your phone - you might be the next person on the call list!
     
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  14. gs77

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    @Martingale buying another suit from Brioni - ain't gonna happen.
     


  15. Martingale

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    Most likely not
     


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