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January 12, 2009

'The quality of clothing tells you so much of what you need to know about a person' — Pier Luigi Loro Piana


He was quoted thus in Christina Binkley's January 8, 2009 Wall Street Journal article about her quest for the best white dress shirt in the world.

Embedded within the story were many pointers on what to look for when it comes to quality.

Long story's tips in short form: The thickness of the buttons and firmness of the collar are dead giveaways (to a trained eye).

Since I buy my white dress shirts from J.C. Penney and have no plans to alter this practice in my current incarnation, the article was of academic interest only to me.

But the quotation from Mr. Loro Piana — co-chairman and CEO of the Italian luxury clothes maker Loro Piana — stopped me in my tracks.

There are two types of people in the world: Those who agree with his point of view and those like myself who believe such thinking is symbolic of dead tree media, Detroit and other relics of the soon-to-be past.

What's your take?

The hand-sewn Borrelli shirt pictured up top has 4mm-thick buttons and was the crème de la crème of the WSJ's tested shirts.

It costs $331.

Too much?

I can see how that could be the case.

Is $14.99 good for you?

'Cause it works for me.

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And the first time you get a grease spot on that baby you break down weeping.

Posted by: Randee | Jan 13, 2009 11:38:12 PM

Piana needs to say that or you don't have a reason to buy his clothes. There is quote (to paraphrase) never argue a point with a man when the point goes against what he does for a living.

Now if i could remember who said it.

Posted by: Ag | Jan 13, 2009 12:41:58 AM

While ThriftyMiles has a valid point, I am a professional woman who has downshifted from more expensive working clothes to Landsend. And I'm done with the "wardrobe updating" concept. And, yes, I do have some thrift store finds mixed in.

Posted by: frontier | Jan 12, 2009 3:49:15 PM

Find a local dressmaker or tailor and have them custom make a shirt or two. It´s nicer than wearing throw away clothing but doesn´t come with the cost of a label.

Posted by: gina | Jan 12, 2009 3:05:42 PM

"Give your suit wearing employees a raise. Tell them every day is casual day."


Posted by: Tim | Jan 12, 2009 2:35:48 PM

A properly fitted item of clothing does wonders for the wearer, man or woman. Quality of cloth and fit are indispensable to my view. To that effect, I buy the best I can afford as cheaply as I can find it.

Posted by: Thrifty Miles | Jan 12, 2009 2:29:41 PM

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