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Why don't people at SF like Hugo Boss?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bentley, May 22, 2010.

  1. jacnyr

    jacnyr Well-Known Member

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    I purchased a Hugo Boss suit last month at the Nordstrum Rack, it was a $1000 suit I got for the price of $335. The suit fits me great, it looks great. I have received many compliments from the lady's. No, it is not the greatest suit made but; with someone with a 10" drop, I must sometimes go for the fit and looks. I guess as long as I don't stand in the pouring rain, the suit should hold up well.
     
  2. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    As SF's current Jew In Residence, let me just say that it's ok to make fun of Nazis. It is, in fact, encouraged. People need to stop being so uptight about it.

    Besides, if we started boycotting everything with Nazi connections, we'd be avoiding half the brands/manufacturers in Germany. BMW made Nazi motorcycles. Mercedes made Hitler's personal automobile. Hugo Boss, as noted, made Nazi uniforms. Bayer Pharmaceuticals supported Dr. Mengele's experiments and is rumored to have co-sponsored nerve gas research. Etc.

    As someone else mentioned earlier, many of these companies have been around for hundreds of years, predating the Nazis, and basically had no choice but to continue production when Hitler came to power. The Nazis basically seized control of the entire country, and it's not as if the German private sector just shut down in that period.

    When we talk about how suchandsuch company "made _____ for the Nazis," it's a slightly misleading statement in most cases. These firms didn't leap up and volunteer their services out of some particular loyalty to the party. Volkswagen is the one possible exception I can think of, but even then, come on. Water under the bridge at this point.

    I suppose we should start boycotting Brooks Brothers because, at one point in time, the cotton in its shirts was probably picked by slaves?


    Well said, a bit of common sense.
     
  3. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

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    I purchased a Hugo Boss suit last month at the Nordstrum Rack, it was a $1000 suit I got for the price of $335. The suit fits me great, it looks great. I have received many compliments from the lady's. No, it is not the greatest suit made but; with someone with a 10" drop, I must sometimes go for the fit and looks. I guess as long as I don't stand in the pouring rain, the suit should hold up well.

    Exactly. I still maintain that if people wore Boss suits in WAYWT and did not say anything people would not notice. Some will argue construction and quality. This may matter for some. I am about to embark on a career (a month) of wearing a suit daily. Maybe I will notice. But for most, when wearing a suit is only called for once a month or less a Boss suit is A OK. How many people really have had the suit fall apart? How many lapels are bubbling? I have never seen this in my life. Not to say it does not happen, but in my world it does not seem to be happening too much.
     
  4. Larson McCord

    Larson McCord Senior member

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    Exactly. I still maintain that if people wore Boss suits in WAYWT and did not say anything people would not notice. Some will argue construction and quality. This may matter for some. I am about to embark on a career (a month) of wearing a suit daily. Maybe I will notice. But for most, when wearing a suit is only called for once a month or less a Boss suit is A OK. How many people really have had the suit fall apart? How many lapels are bubbling? I have never seen this in my life. Not to say it does not happen, but in my world it does not seem to be happening too much.

    Sorry if this was already stated in the thread, I only skimmed it. But it seems to boil down to members of this forum appreciating craftsmanship. A canvassed suit simply is more 'work' than a fused suit. There are other advantages but to 99% of the population it doesn't matter.

    The main thing is that it seems that Hugo Boss charges a premium for a suit that is made in a similar fashion to low end suits. Knowing how suits are made, why pay as much or more for fused than canvassed? It's been discussed in many threads that 'fused' today isn't the same as years ago, technology is better so you can get a perfectly fine fused suit that will last a long time.

    Of course, you can wear a perfectly fine Timex that will be very accurate, but would you pay $3000 for one? You don't buy a Rolex for it's impeccable accuracy, you buy it for the work involved in the product (and the prestige frankly).
     
  5. Bull

    Bull Senior member

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    Hugo Boss is not fit for a man, let alone his driver. Frankly, I'd be embarassed to see my landscaper in Hugo Boss.
     
  6. East Oakland

    East Oakland Senior member

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    Exactly. I still maintain that if people wore Boss suits in WAYWT and did not say anything people would not notice. Some will argue construction and quality. This may matter for some. I am about to embark on a career (a month) of wearing a suit daily. Maybe I will notice. But for most, when wearing a suit is only called for once a month or less a Boss suit is A OK. How many people really have had the suit fall apart? How many lapels are bubbling? I have never seen this in my life. Not to say it does not happen, but in my world it does not seem to be happening too much.
    If you don't care about construction and quality of clothing, how in the hell did you get to over 800 posts on styleforum? And it's not just that they generally aren't well made, it's that they cost as much as some suits that are well made. If you really don't care what the quality is like, why not just spend a couple hundred buck on an H&M suit and save the extra $$?
     
  7. gaseousclay

    gaseousclay Senior member

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    I purchased a Hugo Boss suit last month at the Nordstrum Rack, it was a $1000 suit I got for the price of $335. The suit fits me great, it looks great. I have received many compliments from the lady's. No, it is not the greatest suit made but; with someone with a 10" drop, I must sometimes go for the fit and looks. I guess as long as I don't stand in the pouring rain, the suit should hold up well.

    same here, except mine was $700 retail and I got it for $300. it fits me just perfectly. I really don't think anyone here could tell the difference between a full canvass or half canvass suit if they saw it. well, maybe a few and that's a scant few.
     
  8. HEWSINATOR

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    If you don't care about construction and quality of clothing, how in the hell did you get to over 800 posts on styleforum?

    And it's not just that they generally aren't well made, it's that they cost as much as some suits that are well made. If you really don't care what the quality is like, why not just spend a couple hundred buck on an H&M suit and save the extra $$?


    I care about having construction and quality that fits my needs. I will reiterate too the point I made about availability earlier. I get the argument of value, but that is skewed on this site too. I can not get a Boss suit for 200 bucks here, or a Canali for 500. All I am saying is that when you read on here about how a Boss suit is worth 200 and you can get better for less, I say that this is not true for many (unless you go online, and that is difficult for some. I have bought at Off 5th and such on holidays and once I pay for tailoring that would be included if I bought at home I am not sure how much ahead I am). Unless you have a well stocked Off 5th or NMLC, etc...If you get a Boss for 500 and it includes alterations and looks good, and you wear a suit a dozen times a year, go for it.
     
  9. PoloPlayr

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    I've often heard people refer to Hugo Boss as the firm (in the 80s) that really started the "overcharging for crap quality clothes"-trend.
     
  10. lasbar

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    I've often heard people refer to Hugo Boss as the firm (in the 80s) that really started the "overcharging for crap quality clothes"-trend.

    They got it right in the tail of the eighties and became iconic in the nineties before being overtaken by the Gucci,Prada ,D&G and other Italian designers...

    Hugo Boss suits are overpriced but they're still great for students and first work suits.
     
  11. HEWSINATOR

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    Hugo Boss suits are overpriced but they're still great for students and first work suits.


    There. These are the words I was looking for in all my ramblings in this thread.
     
  12. Zegnamtl

    Zegnamtl Senior member

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    Congrats, good buy at that price. Fact is, if the cut suits you well, they look good, the fabric is most often pretty shitty but dressed up well and looks good for its expected life span. At 335 bucks, who cares if you have to throw a shoulder strap over it while you hurry through the airport etc etc. At 1k it is a waste of cash, but at 300, it is decent buy. Wear it well.
    I purchased a Hugo Boss suit last month at the Nordstrum Rack, it was a $1000 suit I got for the price of $335. The suit fits me great, it looks great. I have received many compliments from the lady's. No, it is not the greatest suit made but; with someone with a 10" drop, I must sometimes go for the fit and looks. I guess as long as I don't stand in the pouring rain, the suit should hold up well.
     
  13. Bull

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    I would meet with clients wearing a loincloth before I wear Hugo Boss.
     
  14. Zegnamtl

    Zegnamtl Senior member

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    I would meet with clients wearing a loincloth before I wear Hugo Boss.

    Do you work in the garment trade?
    How many of your clients would even notice the difference?

    Don't get me wrong, I am not a fan, but.......
     
  15. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    The only item of Hugo Boss apparel I own is a pair of slacks I got at Nordstrom's sale. I hope this won't get me banned, but frankly, they seem just fine to me. I've worn them quite often. they look good, and I just don't have a problem. I'm sure they were overpriced at full retail, but then I'd say that of most RTW "dress" clothing.
     
  16. Bentley

    Bentley Senior member

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    I went shopping for a sports jacket today at Harry Rosen and had a look at the Hugo Boss products. It seemed like none of their jackets were made of purely natural fibres like wool, cotton, or linen. They all contained polyester, rayon, etc.

    I was disappointed by this. However, it seemed like many of the other big name designer brands were no different (eg. Armani).

    The only sports coats that seemed consistently made from high quality fabric were Canelli...but this takes one into a whole other price sphere.


    grrrr
    [​IMG]
     
  17. zerostyle

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    Sorry to bump an older thread, but I'm looking for some advice.

    After trying on several brands of suits, I actually found that the Hugo Boss 38R fit me the best, mostly because it was the slimmest.

    What other suits in the < $500 range are as slim as Hugo Boss?

    Brands I tried on:
    Hickey Freeman - too big in chest and shoulders
    Hart Schaeffer Marx - too big on me, especially in shoulders
    Canali - not too bad, just a touch big on me
    Joseph Aboud - huge all around - was swimming in this
    Alfani Red slim fit - fit very nicely, but arms/shoulders would dimple badly
    Hugo Boss - great fit, shoulders maybe just a touch large

    Really though, I'd like to avoid a fused suit if possible. What else fits similarly?
     
  18. Kiwi Man

    Kiwi Man Senior member

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    Sorry to bump an older thread, but I'm looking for some advice.

    After trying on several brands of suits, I actually found that the Hugo Boss 38R fit me the best, mostly because it was the slimmest.

    What other suits in the < $500 range are as slim as Hugo Boss?

    Brands I tried on:
    Hickey Freeman - too big in chest and shoulders
    Hart Schaeffer Marx - too big on me, especially in shoulders
    Canali - not too bad, just a touch big on me
    Joseph Aboud - huge all around - was swimming in this
    Alfani Red slim fit - fit very nicely, but arms/shoulders would dimple badly
    Hugo Boss - great fit, shoulders maybe just a touch large

    Really though, I'd like to avoid a fused suit if possible. What else fits similarly?


    If you have gone through the entire thread, you'll see that most of the people would agree you buying Hugo Boss if it is on deep discount. Personally, I would agree with them because Hugo Boss may consider to be fashionable piece of clothing, but why not invest in the suits if they made you look good?
     
  19. sho'nuff

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    i'll wear it if i one day become a boss over someone.
     
  20. Bull

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