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Which brand do you find the most annoying?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SirGrotius, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. celeste_pista

    celeste_pista Senior member

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    the eurotrash flashion houses: LV, A|X, gucci, D&G, D2 (although I think they might be canadian)
    and the we make crappy jeans but embroider a lot on the rear pockets brigade: true religion, antiq, & 7

    honorable mentions for north face and bose, both companies make products that the masses think are enthusiast oriented or at least enthusiast trickle down, when in reality they are overpriced mass market garbage hidden by good marketing
     
  2. lasbar

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    And it came to pass that a man who sold shirts was smitten by hard times. Neither did any of his merchandise move nor did he prosper. And he prayed and said, "Lord, why hast thou left me to suffer thus? All mine enemies sell their goods except I. And it's the height of the season. My shirts are good shirts....

    And the Lord heard the man and said, "About thy shirts..."

    "Yes, Lord," the man said, falling to his knees.

    "Put an alligator over the pocket."

    "Pardon me, Lord?"

    "Just do what I'm telling you. You won't be sorry."

    And the man sewed on to all his shirts a small alligator symbol and lo and behold, suddenly his merchandise moved like gangbusters, and there was much rejoicing while amongst his enemies there were wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    - Woody Allen, Without Feathers





    There is a great story behind the Lacoste design and myth...

    Rene Lacoste did create the polo Lacoste at the time most players were still wearing a shirt or other uncomfortable garments.

    The idea was a stroke of genius...

    There are numerous explanations of why Lacoste was originally nicknamed the Crocodile. A 2006 New York Times obituary about Lacoste's son, Bernard, provides an apparently authoritative one. In the 1920s, supposedly, Lacoste made a bet with his team captain about whether he would win a certain match. The stakes were a suitcase he had seen in a Boston store; it was made of crocodile (or alligator) skin. Later, RenÃ[​IMG] Lacoste's friend Robert George embroidered a crocodile onto a blazer that Lacoste wore for his matches.

    Great story , great design since 1933 ..
     
  3. pvrhye

    pvrhye Senior member

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    HM, Zara, UCB, Uniqlo, Superdry, Gap - very, very low quality.

    For the pricepoint, I don't see the low quality you're talking about here. I go to the Gap for 8 buck t-shirts. Uniqlo consistently has very wearable pieces at those prices. H&M and Zara (barring some of Zara's terrible design decisions I mentioned before) have their functions too. You can't just write off everything affordable as being unwearably low quality unless you're Scrooge McDuck.
     
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  4. GoldenTribe

    GoldenTribe Senior member

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    For the pricepoint, I don't see the low quality you're talking about here. I go to the Gap for 8 buck t-shirts. Uniqlo consistently has very wearable pieces at those prices. H&M and Zara (barring some of Zara's terrible design decisions I mentioned before) have their functions too. You can't just write off everything affordable as being unwearably low quality unless you're Scrooge McDuck.
    That's part of the distortion field that allows people to buy Thom Browne and Balmain at full retail price (and pay tax on top of that). Leave them to it, it's a hopeless cause.
     
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  5. vncrz

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    They are not particularly abhorrent, but I am bothered by finance guys' fixation with Ferragamo loafers. My former roommate brags about the "banker slippers" he bought at full price at Nordstrom's, which have the clunkiest military rubber soles which would be more apt for a construction site. Worse offenders still are the belts with the Ferragamo horse bit as a buckle. Conspicuous consumption to the max.

    In all fairness, I had inherited a pair several years back, and when worn to a club once a girl began to talk to me because of them; they signalled money and power! They were subsequently sold on this forum.
     
  6. Daseinflaw

    Daseinflaw Senior member

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    They are not particularly abhorrent, but I am bothered by finance guys' fixation with Ferragamo loafers. My former roommate brags about the "banker slippers" he bought at full price at Nordstrom's, which have the clunkiest military rubber soles which would be more apt for a construction site. Worse offenders still are the belts with the Ferragamo horse bit as a buckle. Conspicuous consumption to the max.

    In all fairness, I had inherited a pair several years back, and when worn to a club once a girl began to talk to me because of them; they signalled money and power! They were subsequently sold on this forum.


    You can blame Leveraged Sell-Out
     
  7. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Senior member

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    I am bothered by finance guys' fixation with Ferragamo loafers.

    Photo evidence please? [​IMG]
     
  8. Tuesday

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    ^don't own one but i think they are undeniably classic/ versatile. hublot annoys me more.

    Hublot. After I posted my little rant, I thought about this company. Packing coarse 7750s into really ugly cases has made them enormously popular. The pushers engage like the clutch on a 70s Soviet work truck. Still, people buy multiple and wankst over whether each limited edition. Oooh, mine has an all black dial. You can't read it, but it's stealth like a PVDed ninja.

    It doesn't help that one of the big names on a certain popular watch site is now a Hublot dealer. Amazingly, I used to see a lot of these back in the States, but I haven't seen a single one in Europe. Point Europe.
     
  9. Bronze James

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    So what are the brands you like compared to Abercombie, Express, and Calvin Klien?
     
  10. St. John

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    Logo's certainly look ridiculous on dress shirts, leather shoes etc., but on sportswear -polos, tennis sweaters, etc. - I don't see any problem. So I have a polo player on my tennis sweater. Meh. Whenever I'm not wearing work wear I try to look like Robert Culp in "I Spy" so the logos are kinda required...

    I'll add a few brands that I don't understand. They don't annoy me, but leave me flummoxed:

    "Dad brands" like Nautica and Izod. Who are they marketing this too? My Dad would rather spend less for the Sears house brand and get the same fit and look.

    Point Zero. Canada's version of... Is there anything else like this in the rest of the world?
    I don't get it.

    Some of those Arnold Zimburg/Robert Graham/Shirt by Shirt shirts hurt my eyes. The prices on them hurt my brain.
     
  11. vncrz

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    Photo evidence please? [​IMG]

    None, sorry. However, from Raging Bulls:

    A little less than a year ago a foreign bank that had recently entered the U.S. market gave him his own trading desk. He was on top of the world. He dressed the part. His first day at work he wore a gray Theory suit he had just bought for $950, a pair of Ferragamo loafers ($425) and a light blue BCBG button-down he'd had custom fitted... On May 15 the city beat Jason. He was unemployed. He ducked into Bloomingdale's that day and bought three pairs of Ferragamos: one pair of casual white ones"”he liked white Ferragamos"”and two pairs of dressy work loafers. I'll wear these again one day, he told himself... He differentiated himself from the posse by venturing out from the VIP section to join the masses in back-and-forth hip-swivel dancing, which expats commonly refer to as the washing machine. Also, his banker gear was long gone, save for the white Ferragamos.​

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. MikeDT

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    Manchester United, Burberry plaid, LV, Emporio Armani, Abercrombie, D&G, Nike, Polo, Rolex, Gucci, Kappa, Apple and Zegna, All strictly for the fake loving brand whore.
     
  14. OxxfordSJLINY

    OxxfordSJLINY Senior member

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    I will take the liberty of naming a few:
    Lyle and Scott
    Diesel
    Lacoste (except from the original Rene Lacoste tennis shoe)
    All Italian high-end fashion brands
    Audi (especially with small engines)
    Brooks Brothers (where I live its priced beyond belief, eg. $200 for a OCBD)


    You forgot Aston Martin, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover, NotDickDiver.
     
  15. OxxfordSJLINY

    OxxfordSJLINY Senior member

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    +1 Bono (enough said)
    +1 Ed Hardy
    +1 Audi (they're just overpriced VWs with leather and fake wood [​IMG])
    +1 Bose

    In addition, I find a lot of the street/surf brands annoying, such as Unit and Hurley.


    Don't forget Aston Martin, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover, tone76.

    And, for the record, Audi's wood is real and furniture grade, not fake.
     
  16. OxxfordSJLINY

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    I'll take a shot.

    Rolex - I really love many of their watches, but I can't stand the BS surrounding them and the fans who spout ridiculous shit. They'll tell you the watches are made by hand and that Rolex represents the pinnacle of quality and innovation. Neither of these is remotely true. There's also the desperate aspirational nature of much of Rolex fandom that I find really pathetic. That said, I'm constantly tempted to get an older Submariner on a strap (as opposed to the older junk bracelets) as a beater watch for wearing around the house where no one can see my wrist.

    Tommy Hilfiger - Who buys this shit?

    Steve Madden - Designs ripped off from better companies. Also they appear way too often as someone's "dressy shoes".

    Audi - The costly unreliability of an Italian car. They market the cars as luxury, but make even the most basic accessories options. Also, the dealership experience is wretched. Worst of all, my wife really wants one.

    Banana Republic - Most of their stuff is so badly made these days, but the prices are for higher quality clothing. Their clothes are the same as are sold in Gap but in different colors and with a mark up. I wonder if they've turned some people from spending more on their clothing assuming that BR is good and good clothes last longer.


    Lately, BMW is unreliable enough to make Audi look like Honda. Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover have always made (and still do make) Audi look like Honda.

    Not to mention, lately, BMW's dealership experience and resale value makes Audi's dealership experience look like a day at the beach and lately, makes Audi's resale value look good. Aston Martin's, Jaguar's and Land Rover's dealership experience always has made (and still does make) Audi's dealership experience look like a day at the beach and always has made (and still does make) Audi's resale value look good.
     
  17. OxxfordSJLINY

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    Alden (lately, their problems are so bad that Allen Edmonds problems are a day at the beach by comparison). Plus, Alden's customer service sucks big unless you are a wholesale merchant or celebrity.

    BMW (lately, as I said before, BMW has so many problems that they make Audi look like Honda along with lately, having horrible enough resale value to make Audi's resale value look good). I used to love BMW but now I would not want a BMW if it was given to me. I also would now not touch a piece of junk BMW with a ten foot pole.

    Aston Martin and the non exotic British vehicle brands like Jaguar and Land Rover (which, as I said before, always have had and still do have enough problems that they make Audi look like Honda and always have had and still have horrible enough resale value to make Audi's resale value look good by comparison). I would not want these trash cans on wheels (which are the most overpriced pieces of junk on Earth) if you gave them to me. I also would not touch these catastrophes on wheels with a 100 foot pole.

    High end clothing brands (especially that wretched high end clothing brand from Naples, Italy with the Greek name, Kiton) that are the same price as (often higher priced and sometimes lower priced than) the world's best bespoke tailors (who, in every conceivable way, are vastly superior to these horribly overpriced high end brands).
     
  18. MikeDT

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    Sorry, but this is embarassing garbage:

    [​IMG]

    I've seen some of my students wearing them things.

    BTW they're fake. Gucci may be tacky, but I don't think they'd do anything quite this bad.
     
  19. clockwise

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    Hublot - Audemars Piguet light for the ill-bred. If they didn't have such a ridiculous marketing budget, it would be easy to ignore.
     
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    BMW (lately, as I said before, BMW has so many problems that they make Audi look like Honda along with lately, having horrible enough resale value to make Audi's resale value look good). I used to love BMW but now I would not want a BMW if it was given to me. I also would now not touch a piece of junk BMW with a ten foot pole.


    Audi is in no way more reliable than BMW. 2 of my friends Audi's have so many issues that it put me off considering Audi for good. As for resale value, autotrader begs to differ on your assessment.
     

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