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26-02-2015
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I feel the same towards Uniqlo. I love them but some things last longer than others. It's all built smartly so that makes up for the lack of durability in some items I guess. But I will agree the Japanese know what's up when it comes to quality and accessibility.. not a single Muji garment has been a disappointment, I've tried pretty much everything, even their 7 dollar tees feel infinitely softer and nicer than the 19.99 ones from H&M ... the only item that was ruined right away.. it was my fault, and I'm still so sad.. it was a red cashmere sweater from their Labo by Margaret Howell line.
I probably love Muji even more than Uniqlo! I do agree that not all lines under Uniqlo are created equally. I tend to check out the collaborations or special lines more than anything, and in my experience the quality tends to be better. I still have my +J stuff and it's still great! But Uniqlo is so cheap I can understand how some items may not be as lasting.

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I think that the Uniqlo items that I buy tend to last in my experience, but I agree it's different for different lines.

Muji lasts for sure, but there is a lot less variety with styles and colors. They're good for basics though. Also the material always feels so good!

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I'm completely upset with the quality of apparel currently being produced. When I buy vintage(which I usually do) the difference in quality is astonishing and is the reason why most of my wardrobe is now vintage because I refuse to buy clothes that will fall a part after a few months use. But I still want to wear new styles and be excited about the clothing that's being produced now so I think that something news to change with the quality!
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I agree with pretty much every thing has been said about this topic. It's frustrating entering a ZARA store and see a t-shirt costing 15€ and was made for the price of 1€.
People always criticize me when I buy designer clothes, saying that I've got expensive habits. Well, I just bought a Acne leather jacket. And I think this is the secret for a smart wardrobe: invest in timeless, classic items!
The production cost vs. sales price is misleading though. How much do you think your Acne jacket production cost was? In luxury retail the sales price can be as much as 800% the production price. And you also have to consider things as shipping, designing, storage, stores, salesclerks etc. Not to mention insane campaigning costs.

Now that we've established the industry is in dire need of some quality, does anyone know a good jeans brand that is also trying to be more ethical? (bio cotton, fair wages) I had a look at monkee genes, but wasn't too impressed. Also I'd like to try them on physically before buying (living in Paris).

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^ Edun makes jeans ... not sure where they're available in Europe though.

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I can honestly say that the quality issue isn't just with certain American brands such as JCrew/ Madewell I have also come across this problem with certain ready-to-wear brands. I have bought a Vince sweater that started pilling before I could even get it dry cleaned. I have also had this problem with certain of my Diesel items, Alexander Wang, etc. take extremely good care of my clothes and have still had these issues. This makes me think that buying vintage is the way to go. An older lady came into my store when I worked at Club Monaco & told me how much better the quality of clothes were back in her day. Now I wish that I lived in that time. *sigh*

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^ Yes, I've had an issue with Alexander Wang as well ... and it's not like it was cheap! (The price tag I mean ...)

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I can imagine that as brands get bigger, they can devote more time to figure out how to reduce costs and find cheaper materials, cheaper labour etc... A small local family company doesn't have the time and resources to continously look for ways to make production cheaper and cheaper and cheaper.

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Now that we've established the industry is in dire need of some quality, does anyone know a good jeans brand that is also trying to be more ethical? (bio cotton, fair wages) I had a look at monkee genes, but wasn't too impressed. Also I'd like to try them on physically before buying (living in Paris).
You could try Nudie Jeans, it's target towards men but I know some women who love theirs to death. They are pretty transparant, on their site you can find the production locations by product and the names of the subcontractors.

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Is GAP polo high quality? I am having a hard time trying to find a good polo that last because all the stuffs I bought fell apart just about one or two months

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^I would imagine that most polo shirts would suffer from a decline in quality. Everything with a logo will still sell fairly well, despite being of a poor quality. I think good quality is the exception rather than the rule with Gap...

If a garment falls apart in 1-2 months, I would take it back to the store and demand a refund. I know you are not in the EU, but do you have similar laws?

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^ Awww that's too bad. I just don't want to dish out $300 or more for a branded polo which I know obviously does not worth the money.

Sadly we don't have that return policy here. I tried a few local brands as well as 'well-known' one but the quality are all ...

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What about Lacoste or Polo?

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Are they good? Because I see that they are also made in third world countries.

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my boyfriend has a couple of fred perry polos and they seem OK.

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