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What's the most classic clothing brand?

Asked by EFWZLVL9 (28points) March 7th, 2009

I want to know your ideas about classic clothing

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augustlan's avatar

Are we talking high design or everyday clothing?

EFWZLVL9's avatar

Just for everyday clothing

augustlan's avatar

My everyday classics are Levis 501s jeans, Lands End polo shirts, and chucks or PF Flyers tennies.

I am a casual kind of girl : )

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bigbanana's avatar

define classic.

Staalesen's avatar

Fred Perry shirts and levis..

TheHaight's avatar

Clothing I cannot afford (yet!) but have always found to be very classic is Diane Von Furstenberg, and Michael Kors. (of course Chanel but that is way to overpriced for my taste!)

I find Banana Republic to also be a very classy brand- to me classy is clothing that is modest and timeless. Audrey Hepburn is avery classic icon, to me. Even at a thrift store (I go thrift store shopping a lot) you can find what you think is classic.. But now I feel like rambling because I can’t tell if you’re a female or male. :P also Lacoste polos are a favorite of mine.

Curious404's avatar

Ralph Lauren

aprilsimnel's avatar

Lacoste tennis shirts. L.L. Bean anything. Sebago loafers and Sebago Docksides boat shoes. Brooks Brothers anything. Mackintosh pea coats.

Those brands have been around for over a century in some cases, though the clothes they sell today aren’t made like they used to be. If you can find vintage versions of clothes by them, grab ‘em! You can dress them up or down, you can artsy or hipster or punk them out.

Strauss's avatar

Brooks Brothers

marinelife's avatar

Preppy classic? Villager.

poofandmook's avatar

Levi, Wrangler, Carharrt, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren Polo, Lacoste…

srmorgan's avatar

About Lacoste:

Rene Lacoste was a famous French tennis player in the 30’s and late 20’s. He was known as the Crocodile, some say due to the shape of his nose, others said ??

After World War II he began to re-market tennis shirts with a crocodile emblem without much success. His good friend and former tennis competitor, “Big” Bill Tilden brought some shirts back to the US and showed them to Vincent dePaul Draddy, who was the President of a dress company called David Crystal.
Draddy somehow managed to give some shirts to President Eisenhower in the mid-50’s. Ike was a great gold aficionado and wore the shirts and pictures of him in the shirt were printed around the country and the product took off.

In the US, David Crystal Inc, owned US rights to the trademark. At the same time there was a rain coat company in Baltimore called the Alligator Co. and due to confusion about the crocodile and the alligator, the companies ended up in litigation which was finally settled when David Crystal Inc bought the Alligator Co. for cash.

David Crystal had its own line of menswear in the 50’s called Izod of London and it began to meld the trademarks into a single product line such that the label said Izod or Izod Lacoste and the emblem was on the garment. This was extended to women’s and children’s clothing lines.

In 1968, David Crystal Inc went public. Their first and only annual report showed a very young Lauren Hutton on the cover and in 1969 General Mills Inc, (yes Betty Crocker et al) bought David Crystal for stock and cash.

As the 70’s began, basic Lacoste shirt (style 2057 in cotton and 2058 in cotton and polyester) were still being made in France to the French quality specifications while the rest of the product line was produced domestically and then in the Caribbean and Central America and ultimately in Asia.

The preppy look fad started in 1978 and peaked in 1982 and fell precipitously in 83 and 84. In 1986 General Mills divested itself of their garment and fashion business and did a spin-off of the subsidiaries into Crystal Brands Inc.

Quality suffered, the company tanked and the Izod trademark has been sold several times in the last 22 years. The Lacoste family regained title to the trademark, pulled out of the US and then began to re-enter the US market with a truly high quality, expensive product. Their volume is nowhere near what is was even in the mid-70’s.

Fashion is a volatile and fickle business and quality has shrunk but in many cases you do get what you pay for.

I worked at David Crystal for ten years.


aprilsimnel's avatar

I lurrvvve Lacoste. I have vintage shirts from the 60s and 70s. Soooo comfortable, and they’ve broken in for me very well.

If you can cop a copy of The Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach, @EFWZLVL9, there are a lot of classic brands in there. The book was meant as satire, but over the last 25 years, it’s become a bible of sorts for the true and classic prep fashion. Some of the stores they reference, unfortunately, are either out of business or have changed their style so much that one shouldn’t bother (e.g. Abercrombie & Fitch).

cak's avatar

I love Lacoste. Ann Tayor and Brooks Brothers. Banana Republic seems to be in the realm of classic, as well. Talbots, but I think they are suffering in the economy, I heard they were closing – not sure, though. A good vintage pair of Levis. A good quality white shirt.

Lothloriengaladriel's avatar

Ralph Lauren is quite nice, Their clothing is very respectful, Nothing too revieling, and nice colors

Likeradar's avatar

Chanel, although I wouldn’t consider that everyday clothing. Like bigbanana said, define classic…

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