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Old 19th August 2009, 17:09   #46
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I love Levi's but unfortunately their fitting doesn't fit me properly plus the colors are not that great in my difficult to get my size ( 38" waist).

I love the soft and extremely light denim of FM
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but he maintained that its not duplicate but exports surpless/rejected or the local companies which produce it with license, produce similar extra stuff & push it in the local market.
My BIL owns a few garment factories in Chennai & Villipuram and makes clothes for quite a few big brands. I think its mainly the rejected stock that gets pushed into the market, because mostly the fabric is supplied by the company & in exact proportions too taking into the account the wastage. Only the stitching/washing/ironing etc is allocated here. Most times, the quantity of fabric supplied is so bang on target that they end up getting about 2-3 trousers/shirts extra.

I was shocked to see the kind of profit margins available on apparels. I bought a Adidas T for ~800 bucks from the showroom. Last time when I visited his factory, they were making the same T's and he says the total manufacturing cost for them is around 250 bucks. The rest is taxes, commission, blah blah. Unfortunately, since they hardly have any extra material left, I can't get my hands on them. Though, I do get a supply of some reject stuff from time to time.

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If not Levis which other brand?
I keep hearing good reviews about Spykar & Killer. FCUK is apparently good, but expensive. I am going shopping this Monday. Lets see how it goes. Any suggestions on what all brands to try?
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Certainly not!
Levi's has moved all manufacturing of uppers ( shirt, T's and the like) to contract manufacturers who produce their own nonsensical designs and just stamp the levi's logo on them.
You can find much better stuff and hugely better designs here in England or in the States at any levi's store. The only reason I am not buying them is that even after I spend tons of money when I come back to India it will be the same brand as on the shirt of the guy next to me whose design is probably best suited for a pocha! Not worth it, considering for the same amount of money I can buy some of the big label brands.
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Even if your buying Armani Exchange, A&F, D&G and Versace even Just Cavalli from US/UK you face same issue here in India. Above mentioned brands are available for Rs.100-200 from any footpath stores in India. I stopped wearing my Armanis after seeing this
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I keep hearing good reviews about Spykar & Killer. FCUK is apparently good, but expensive. I am going shopping this Monday. Lets see how it goes. Any suggestions on what all brands to try?[/quote]

where do you shop FCUK in Bangalore?
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The ones sold on the footpaths are never genuine.
I used to sell Hugo Boss and Diesel range of eye wear for South India, at a point of time.

The main problem to tackle were the fakes, even the big dealers used to promote fakes. The fakes were never recognizable amongst the original and the dealers used to make a killing selling both alongside.

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where do you shop FCUK in Bangalore?
Garuda Mall has a FCUK store I hear. Going to check it out this Monday.
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If not Levis which other brand?
How is Wrangler? Are they good?
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How is Wrangler? Are they good?
Wrangler is the cheapest pair of brand name Jeans in the states, you could buy a pair in Walmart for as little as $10. Apparently they also stock Levi's at a similar, albeit a bit higher price.

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Even if your buying Armani Exchange, A&F, D&G and Versace even Just Cavalli from US/UK you face same issue here in India. Above mentioned brands are available for Rs.100-200 from any footpath stores in India. I stopped wearing my Armanis after seeing this
Armani exchange was always the cheaper armani brand. That said there are no brands which are not faked. The quality however is suspect and a dead give away. Take a look at the number of people wearing Ed hardy T-shirts, do you think all of them paid 5k for one?

I personally buy my jeans from GAS and FCUK. Diesel, Jack Jones and Topman do great fits as well (in decreasing order of pricing)
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thanks guys I'll try FCUK this weekend,

my waist size has gone down from 31" to 29" and am not able to wear many of my jeans. have to pick few new.

AX and D&G are the victims no.1 n 2 when it comes to fake in India.

Bye bye Levis!!!
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thanks guys I'll try FCUK this weekend,
Try Oasis mall, lifestyle & Shoppers Stop @ Garuda. Let us know how it goes. I am planning to go next monday.
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Try Oasis mall, lifestyle & Shoppers Stop @ Garuda. Let us know how it goes. I am planning to go next monday.
No offences, BUT..

You know this is the first thread where men have been discussing clothes and co-ordinating their shopping.

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I think its mainly the rejected stock that gets pushed into the market,Most times, the quantity of fabric supplied is so bang on target that they end up getting about 2-3 trousers/shirts extra.
I was shocked to see the kind of profit margins available on apparels.
I keep hearing good reviews about Spykar & Killer. FCUK is apparently good, but expensive.

Still its useable/wearable because the made in/for India stuff that we get is worse than made for abroad/export, rejected stuff.

Yes the profit margins in clothing are huge. I know a couple of big manufacturers in Ludhiana who are manufactuting stuff for National/International Companies/brands & they are all rolling in cash!
Even retailers make good margins in clothing.

Fcuk is alright but I find it mimmicking a somewhat similar word, looks pretty cheap. I mean, I can't wear a Tee with Fcuk printed on it!
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I agree with everyone here.
Levis has gone down in quality off late(4-5years atleast).
The ones i bought in 2002-3 around and the ones i got recently(red loop) the quality difference can be felt.
Had not got jeans from out of country yet but as most of us here are in favor will try that also.
My dad has a wrangler and guess which came from US recently and seriously the quality is much better than my levis anyday.
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Fcuk is alright but I find it mimmicking a somewhat similar word, looks pretty cheap. I mean, I can't wear a Tee with Fcuk printed on it!
FCUK actually stands for French Connection UK and has nothing to do with the F word as such. The fact that they chose to come out with a line of T's playing around with the word was unfortunate and as expected the line bombed.
Having said that, I am a big fan of their clothes and half of my wardrobe is FCUK!
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Same goes with reebok and adidas.
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