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Old 09-29-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Marks & Spencer is not a brand, itís a store. It carries many brands, including their own store brand. Iíd equate it to Macyís.

There is such a range of price points for clothes itís impossible to put then in 3 or 4 categories. Take the humble polo shirt, which you seem to favor. You can find them for $10 at Target and $30 at Gap. Are these the same price point? The Gap shirt is three times the price. Or are they both low end?

J Crew/Banana Republic polos are more like $40-50. Does this make them mid range? Well, a Vineyard Vines runs about $80 and a LaCoste over $100. Are these high end? If so, how do you classify the $250 Burberry polo? And where does that leave the $400 Versace...and $900 Gucci?

Then thereís the issue of comparing European versus American pricing. As noted above, clothing in general is more expensive in Europe. Especially iconic and trendy American brands..eg Leviís and Nike, respectively. But I can assure you that clothing is available at a range of price points in Europe. You might not know the brands, but they exist.

Finally, price is personal. Whatís cheap to you may be expensive to someone else. The maximum someone is willing or able to pay for an item is the definition of ďpremiumĒ to that person.
Typically, my tiers are Economy, Fast Fashion, Mid-Range, Semi-Premium, Premium, and Luxury.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:19 PM
 
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Europe is full of fast fashion brands such as H&M, but has few mid-range brands.
Right. And where do you think H&M is made? Hint: Not Europe.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:21 PM
 
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Originally Posted by MamieRose View Post
Marks & Spencer is not a brand, itís a store. It carries many brands, including their own store brand. Iíd equate it to Macyís.

There is such a range of price points for clothes itís impossible to put then in 3 or 4 categories. Take the humble polo shirt, which you seem to favor. You can find them for $10 at Target and $30 at Gap. Are these the same price point? The Gap shirt is three times the price. Or are they both low end?

J Crew/Banana Republic polos are more like $40-50. Does this make them mid range? Well, a Vineyard Vines runs about $80 and a LaCoste over $100. Are these high end? If so, how do you classify the $250 Burberry polo? And where does that leave the $400 Versace...and $900 Gucci?

Then thereís the issue of comparing European versus American pricing. As noted above, clothing in general is more expensive in Europe. Especially iconic and trendy American brands..eg Leviís and Nike, respectively. But I can assure you that clothing is available at a range of price points in Europe. You might not know the brands, but they exist.

Finally, price is personal. Whatís cheap to you may be expensive to someone else. The maximum someone is willing or able to pay for an item is the definition of ďpremiumĒ to that person.
Clothing is not, in general, more expensive in Europe except maybe the UK. You can buy the same thing in Italy or France that you buy here for cheaper and much cheaper if you get your VAT tax back.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Right. And where do you think H&M is made? Hint: Not Europe.
I'm not talking about brands made in Europe, but sold in Europe. Apparently fewer mid-range fashion brands are sold in Europe.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Nice, France
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I'm not sure what you mean about mid-range brands but I can attempt a "cultural" answer.

I'm only talking for France, as I am not an expert on shopping elsewhere in Europe (I actually hate shopping).

French women and men usually have much less clothes than american people. We're more into quality than quantity. Nearly every French woman has "very good quality" basic clothes that they keep for years as they are timeless and very good (and expensive) quality such as a nice white shirt/blouse, neat black pants, classic little black dress and skirt and good shoes (always). The lesser brands are used (except for teenagers of course) to "ornate" these basic pieces according to fashion and generally don't last more than a season.

Maybe there is something to search there.
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