How can I train myself to have an appreciation and eye for the quality of higher-end clothing and accessories?
November 12, 2012 9:28 AM Subscribe
How do I judge the quality of luxury clothing and accessories?
After many years of schooling, I can finally afford to wear things that aren't Ross circa 2004. The only problem is I don't have the knowledge or skills to adequately judge quality. I am looking for your help to point me in the direction of books, websites, or other sources to learn how to judge the quality of:
In this vein, I have taken on a little hobby of updating my wardrobe. I do not mind buying designer labels for these goods, but do not want to be paying for brand so much as quality. As a side note, I've been pretty out of the loop when it comes to fashion and design for, well, ever. So anything, even if remedial, to get me started will be appreciated. What is the equivalent of a cookbook or Haynes manual for higher-end goods?
Similarly, are there brands/labels that you would point me to for the foregoing categories that are more focused on quality manufacturing and materials than on the lifestyle/branding component of consumer goods? A few that come to mind as possibilities are Rag & Bone for clothes, Randolph Engineering for sunglasses, and Frye for shoes. Companies where the mission really is on making fantastic quality goods, hopefully with dedicated manufacturing facilities. This will allow me to look at sample items and compare them to what I already know to be lower quality items.
Thanks so much, Meficuses.