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Worst quality

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by thc, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. thc

    thc Senior member

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    Previously, there was a post asking opinions on the lines producing the most well-made and best quality clothes. What are your votes for the worst quality?

    I've never had any really bad experiences with my clothes. But if I had to name one or two lines with quality issues, I would say Hugo Boss.
     


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    I'll second that. Their knitware is great but the shirts are lame and the jackets tend to fall apart.

    On the other hand I'm quite frustrated by my RL Polo sweater as it's pilling like crazy but I love their shirts.

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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Prada. [​IMG]
     


  4. thc

    thc Senior member

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    Oh yeah, some of the regular Polo stuff is awful. Purple Label is great, but some of the regular Polo stuff is really bad. I've had the same experience you had--sweaters pilling. Their shirts tend to fall apart too in my past experience.
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I've never had any problems with Prada or Prada owned brands, but I would agree that, in general, the price of Prada clothing is incommensurate with its quality.

    I find that while Hugo Boss suits are pretty good value, their sportswear often leaves much to be desired. The materials are mediocre, the styling is mediocre at best, and the fit is awkward. The clothing seems to have been designed with the balding, out-of-shape, middle managers from Tulsa on a weekend hiatus look in mind. Not good. I'd extend the same criticism to Zegna Sport and Brooks Brothers. To be fair, I don't think that I fall into their target demographic in any case. but in the same price range and and for roughly the same style, I would recommend Cerruti 1881 as an alternative.

    I actually think that Polo stuff is pretty good value, but I am not a big fan of the preppy look, so I don't own any pieces.
     


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    My Versace Jeans dark-blue cord peacoat has a great look ( very non flamboyant) but the lining quality is horrible. All inside is covered with small white crap. But I like it so much that I still wear it.
     


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    Of stuff I've bought (which doesn't include any D&G, Prada, A|X or any of the other more well-known junk out there) and not counting stuff that I expected to throw away after a season anyway (H&M), I would say I've been least impressed with Armani Collezioni shirts and jackets, and Zegna Soft jackets. The shirt, which I bought before I really knew anything, had tiny little plastic buttons and the fabric seems frail.

    Armani Collezioni and Zegna Soft jackets I've ranted about enough so I'll spare y'all this time.

    Peace,

    JG
     


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    The only prada items I own are 2 suits. Neither one is conservative and they are only wearable under certain circumstances- but the quality is not as bad as everyone says. Maybe their other items aren't good. I think the VERSUS line versace stuff is the worst. I have also owned 2 pairs of kenneth cole shoes which fell apart in under a year.
     


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    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    Joe G.:

    My Zegna Soft stuff has held up pretty well, although I haven't worn it as hard or as often as my regular line Zegna clothes. However, I have noticed some loose buttons on the last couple of Zegna dress shirts I bought on sale. Pretty perplexing and disappointing at that price point.
     


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    Prada is only bad because of the insane prices they charge. They're all about status and an ultra-lux image, so who cares about quality? [​IMG] Hugo Boss clothes are like Cadillacs - high end image, higher priced but still affordable, but apt to have quality issues. I can't really complain though, a lot of their pieces are under $100, and frequently under $50 on sale (not counting suits, of course.) so you get what you pay for. I agree that the quality should be higher on a perceived level. I'll throw my vote in for the Burberry London line. I presume this is Burberry's everyman cash cow line, what with the novacheck everywhere. I had some slacks which fell apart after a couple of trips to the dry cleaners (a very good one which I still use.) I've had better luck from $20 Dickies.
     


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    I've been lucky enough I guess to say that most of my clothes outlive my own interest in wearing them. Though of those that I have had problems with BCBG is at the top of that list. Next would be Kenneth Cole shirts, though I don't really expect them to last that long any way. I do have three pairs of their shoes though that have lasted longer than I would expect. Also some Diesel clothes have given me troubles at times.
     


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    Plus a lot of Hugo Boss's stuff is made in third world countries (no offense to anyone), and not in Italy.
     


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