Reproduction classic workwear

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Matt Deckard, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    People never consider this. [huh] I also never did but I try to. You pay for travel, shipping, storage, knowledge (!)...some of these things would have gone to the rags without collectors who find and re-sell them.
     
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  2. No, they don't. Welcome to the world of madeinchina.
     
  3. herringbonekid

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    i doubt that is the real reason for pricing a pair of trousers at $700. scarcity is the main reason, but even then those items are not that rare. an English seller who regularly sells on American ebay finds exactly the same sort of French workwear, starts the bidding at $50 and makes very tidy profits, but i've never seen a pair of cords go for anywhere near $700.
    i suspect that Christophe Loiron is really creating a vintage archive and those prices reflect the fact that he doesn't really want to part with those rare items at all.
    or, he will, but only for x amount. if that's true, then i understand the pricing.
     
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  4. Flat Foot Floey

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    Don't get me wrong. I agree that the price is very high and I am also an occasional cheapskate and bargainhunter. But the whole Mr Freedom concept is great. He does deliver vintage items to a niche market, does have a museum like store in LA and also does high-end reproductions. Maybe we can't afford them but they are really good and expensive to make. Fabric which was made just for this line and vintage glass buttons and stuff. This has to be financed in advance. Maybe the "profit" from the 700€ french cord pant goes straight into the production of a new MF item in his collection.
    I can't buy them but I like that they are out there.
     
  5. herringbonekid

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    i personally don't know anyone who would pay $550 (£360) for a pair of vintage-inspired trousers such as the 'pantalon apache' as modelled here by Johnny Depp. do you ?


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    this is not sour grapes on my part... i'm genuinely interested to know who actually buys these items.
     
  6. Flat Foot Floey

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    Oh I am only after the shirts myself. I adore them. Can't say this about the pants.[huh]
     
  7. herringbonekid

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  8. I don't know who do in general, but I can tell you whom I saw making purchases at the store's cash register the afternoon I visited: several Japanese men, a man with a Dutch accent, and an African-American man and his girlfriend(?)


    Here's a link to a "Hall of Fame" of the store's visitors, some of whom might or might not be paying customers as well:

    http://www.misterfreedom.com/?page_id=682
     
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  9. herringbonekid

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    of course... i forgot that half of them would be designers looking for er, 'inspiration'. :eusa_doh:
     

  10. You ain't kidding. I guess it's (slightly!) cheaper for a local RRL 'designer' to grab something from Mister Freedom than to fly to Europe and hunt.
     
  11. Flat Foot Floey

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    I really never find vintage workwear on german fleamarkets. I guess the vendors just don't think it will sell. If there is a trick I am yet to learn it. I have a blue work jacket from finland though.
     
  12. repeatclicks

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    Oh I'm well aware of that, the owner of my shop flies to America twice a year, spends a week sourcing vintage items, loads it into a 40 foot container and ships it back to the UK. Even with the exchange rate in our favor, it ain't cheap. Of course we have to mark up for this as well, but nothing like Mr. Freedom. Seriously insane markup on some of that stuff.
     

  13. Agreed. Markups are necessary; high markups are an option that can reap big rewards. But this high? Remains to be seen.


    All I know is that those $200 repro caps have sold very well -- but they're one of the lowest-priced items in the store!
     
  14. resortes805

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    I really like those caps! Hopefully I didn't wait too long to snag one....
     

  15. Only about three left in "medium" sizes.
     
  16. Lefty

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    I can't think of anyone who would pay so much.
     

  17. Well, that helps answer herringbonekid's question.
     
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  18. Dinerman

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    Half-button with "petal" front shirt-tails (is there a proper term for that cut?), gussets, chinstrap, long collar. Polo Ralph Lauren from a few seasons back.

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  19. s_crumb

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    I would have a hard time justifying it. If the item really spoke to me I might buy it. MF and Ironheart jeans etc etc seem to market themselves to the hipster crowd. Kids with trust funds or House DJ's.

    Alas I don't have to worry about being tempted. I have a 45" chest. I'm too big to be cool. I can't wear the really cool stuff from E-workers or Buzz Rickson etc. It broke my heart.... I was in Yokohama for Mooneyes and I found a great shop that sold BR and The Few etc etc. Not one thing in the entire store fit. The owner was nice and gave me a stack of great catalogs....super nice gesture but didn't do anything but make me feel bad to have these great catalogs of clothing that won't fit. :)

     
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  20. The Wiser Hatter

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    I know the feeling.:) I look at that thank god they don't as it would make it hard to not want a pair. To me it's kind of funny that they make such small sizes in work wear as the men who wore it in the past where big guy's like my grandfather's. Men would worked hard for a living and had the size to prove it. :)
     

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