When did Banana Republic stop making clothing in Italy?...

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  1. jamiebryant

    jamiebryant Senior member

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    I know, alot of you probably don't care but im curious. I picked up one of those BR Monogram shirts yesterday and for some reason I thought that all of that sub-label was Made in Italy....guess not.

    I do have a pair of trousers that are Made in Italy, tag indicates they are from Holiday Season of '03. So anyways, anyone know when they stopped making stuff in Italy?
     


  2. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    About '06
     


  3. jamiebryant

    jamiebryant Senior member

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    As far as Craftsmanship, do you think the stuff that was made in italy is better than the newer stuff?
     


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    El Argentino Senior member

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    By far. As a current SA (yes, I know :shame:) the quality of the stuff is complete garbage. I pretty much show up just to schmooze unknowing college students into buying their work wardrobe. I doubt it will last them 3 years.

    No joke, the stuff is complete trash. Even suits that I bought in '08 are miles ahead of the crap we currently offer.
     
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  5. jamiebryant

    jamiebryant Senior member

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    So wait, the Made in Italy production runs were good, thats what your saying right?
    BUT the newer stuff is garbage?
     


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    El Argentino Senior member

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    More or less. Back to '03 I suspect it'd be decent (although I was still in high school at the time - pre styleforum discovery).

    It's only consistently gone down in quality since at least '06, so I suspect that trend would continue on back in time too.
     


  7. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    I had a couple shirts that were "woven in Italy" about 6-7 years ago, which fit well. In fact, I received compliments on them and the fabric was thick and almost luxe feeling. Now it's like a better cut Gap. Complete garbage. I'm surprised they killed that brand so hard, because it seemed to have a nice little niche of good clothes for the middle class and/or youth.
     
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  8. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    ^^ +1...I have 2 shirts from this period, or I guess even 8-9 years. Definitely miles better than current offerings. Thicker and softer material and better construction wise.
     


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    It is strange that you would do this to Banana Republic. This is because I thought that this brand was supposed to be superior to Gap.

    However, I'm very surprised that Banana Republic clothes have ever been made in Italy.
     
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    I still have a Monogram glenplaid suit from holiday '08 that was made in Italy. Spectacular for the price point (winter clearance - jacket, pants, and vest for under $200). GAP has gone down the rabbit hole too quality-wise. Nothing compared to even 5-6 years ago. The whole brand GAPINC is tanking.
     


  12. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    I always thought that Banana Republic stuff was made in Central America or equatorial Africa?

    :confused:
     


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    I believe you were thinking of Josephine Baker.

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    curzon Senior member

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    T-shirts suggested it.

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    In the '80s it was made to appear one trekked or safaried there - see http://scottcadams.com/bananarepublic/ for old catalogs.

    Similar to J. Peterman and Orvis.
     


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