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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by slaavwmr, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

    Feb 27, 2003
    This is not another argument over whether handwork is necessary on each part of a jacket, but Zegna NC has way more handwork than a Corneliani or Canali. The NC is Zegna's battle with the high-end houses of Brioni, Kiton, etc., and it does provide a product that is as competitive. Obviously, the price would also be much higher than both Canali and Corneliani.

    The Napoli Couture shirts used to exhibit a lot of handwork before the switch to the current Couture label. It was Zegna's answer to those who wear Borrelli and Kiton, and just like the suits, it provides an equally competitive product: armhole, buttonholes, shoulder seams, etc., were all handstitched. Definitely not the case in the new Couture shirt, though the price has stayed the same.
  2. bigbadbuff

    bigbadbuff Senior member

    Aug 22, 2002
    I am a Zegna fan... and I'd also be the first to tell you they are really overpriced at retail. But how many of us pay retail? Zegna is usually discounted close enough to the competitors beneath it (Canali, Corneliani, etc.) to warrant consideration, and in those cases it wins out IMO.

    I don't like the fact that they are trying to become the next brand name that Wal Mart shoppers would recognize, but that doesn't mean I have stopped loving their cut, fabrics, and patterns...
  3. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    I am really fond of Zegna's jackets--cashmere or leather. I've not found there shirts to be special. Their suits/sportscoat seem over priced for what one gets. I do like find their fabrics to be wonderful but not in the Loro Piana range.
  4. rootless

    rootless Active Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    Florida - NYC
    Everything well known is overpriced at retail. I don't own any suits from Zegna (thinking about geting one, if I can find one at the right price), but I have a couple of Zegna jackets, several pairs of their pants, and a lot of their casual shirts (for me the most important wardrobe staple that requires a large selection). I love the shirts, and the pants, but they were carefully chosen, and bought at deep discount (but all my clothes are bought at deep discount).

    Some of their casual shirts are among my favorites- their fabric is sometimes really nice. And a couple of my favorite casual slacks are Zegna- beautiful feel- cotton that has a hint of felt. OTOH, they are willing to put their label on cheap synthetics. And some of their sports line is really garish- you could wear it if you were meeting a blind date and wanted her to pick you out immediately (I'm the guy in the $325.00 shirt that violates SALT II- meet me by the library).

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