Saturday, February 26, 2011

Update, Week of 2/21-2/27

So a lot of stuff has come in this week. Here's a rundown of everything that has come in, including a lot of stuff I haven't mentioned as of yet.

1) Ortenzi (made in Italy) - This is a suit manufacturer that apparently produces for some very well known brands. In particular, I saw a suit from Paul Smith for $200 ('The Byard' which goes for about $1200 in regular retail shops), and a blazer from Dirk Bikkimbergs for $70, though the vast majority of suits were from the company's own label, Ortenzi for $169/suit (purple hang tags if that helps you find them). A few of the suits came on hangers from Romeo Gigli, so I wouldn't be surprised if that pops up somewhere as well. The only place I've seen these so far is the Elizabeth, NJ store (NOT Jersey Gardens). I will post an update if I spot them anywhere in NYC.

2) Patrizia Pepe (made in Italy*) - Looks like just about every store has gotten in at least a limited selection of merchandise from Patrizia Pepe. A lot of casual items -- button-down shirts ($40-$60), t-shirts ($20), jeans ($50), shorts ($40), lots of knit sweaters -- cardigans, v-necks and henleys - most of which will run you $50-60. A number jackets including some nice cotton trench coats ($159). There are also a limited amount of blazers and dress pants; and a few stores have gotten in accessories -- belts and ties -- really just depends on the store you visit. The Elizabeth, NJ store received some nice canvas+leather duffle bags which are selling for $119. Most of the stores have also received a few leather jackets as well -- priced at $239.

* Only thing to be aware of w/Patrizia Pepe -- it seems they've started to move production of some of their items outside of Italy, so read the material label if it matters to you. I noticed few items marked'Made in China', and 'Made in Romania'.

3)  Gazzarrini (made in Italy*) - I'm glad to say almost every store in NYC has gotten in merchandise from Gazzarrini this week. The 34th St. store is covered in suits from this label, as well as pants, blazers, tops, etc... Same for the Soho store, though the suit selection isn't as broad. I'm sure most of the other NYC stores have a good selection as well, though haven't visited yet. In New Jersey, only the Paramus and Jersey Gardens stores seem to have received Gazzarrini merchandise, though none have received suits as of yet - only casual merchandise, blazers and outerware. As mentioned previously for suiting -- Cotton suits are running $169; Cotton/silk blends and wools are $199.

* As with Patrizia Pepe, Gazzarrini seems to have started moving production on some of its merchandise outside of Italy. Just be aware when you're looking at items if it matters to you.

4) Shirting from Alea Fashion Industries (made in Italy) - Some of my favorite shirts Daffy's gets in. Every store got a large shipment of this stuff; great casual and dress shirts, all button-downs, a few knits as well -- I even spotted a pair of pants and a tie, though that is quite rare since I believe Alea mostly produces button-down shirts. Labels include Alea, HB by Alea, Rosso Malaspino (my personal favorite), Giattoni, Dino Erro, Harry Brook, The Golf Club, and Flowear (has a few flowers on the chest area as a logo -- not to be confused with 'Two Flowers' which I believe is a now defunct label).

5) Karl Momoo (made in Italy) - This stuff is new to Daffy's this season. I'm not really a huge fan of the stuff they've gotten in, but the collection on the website makes me hope that perhaps there's some better pieces than I've seen so far. Mostly casual shirts, pants and blazers; a few stores got in suits as well -- lots of synthetic materials, and usage of weird accessory pieces on the garments -- zippers and buckles in strange places, a lot like club-wear for lack of a better description. This isn't really my taste, but I saw a lot of people taking a liking to the label while I was out this week. Looks like every store got in some of this stuff.

5) CPT by Cockpit - I normally won't write much about the young-men's stuff Daffy's gets in b/c it's mostly made in China stuff you can find at any discounter, but this label deserves a quick write-up. CPT isn't anything special in terms of quality - they basically make button down shirts, a few knits. But it's often carried in stores like Bloomingdales and Nordstroms and found on sites like, w/original retail of $65 and up. Gilt sells these for around $35-$40. Every piece I spotted in Daffy's was marked at $13.99. This just goes to show you the margins that Gilt has on their items - Daffy's does closeouts properly; Gilt, not so much. I saw the label at both the Elizabeth, NJ store and in Jersey Gardens. Cockpit was also available last season at the 18th St. store, so wouldn't be surprised if it shows up there again for Spring.

6) Spaghetti Western (made in Italy) -- This appears to be an imprint of Messori (mentioned in a prior post); The stores that received Messori also got in casual-wear under this label. It appears to be western-inspired, though more in a comical kind of way than say a levi's jean jacket or snap-up shirt. Basically a few t-shirts w/the name 'Spaghetti Western' written on it, and some come w/little embossed cowboy boots and sheriff badges. Cute, but not for me.

Other Bits and Pieces Worth Mentioning:

A few blazers from a company called Adamus (made in Italy), nothing too special, but they looked decently made -- website seems like the collection is a lot like Karl Momoo; Pants from a brand called Jack of Spades $16.99, currently being sold elsewhere online at closeout for over $30. Random pieces from Terzo Uomo (made in Italy) and Spago Uomo (made in Italy) --  these two brands produce some very 'interesting' items to say the least -- very 'out there' in terms of European styling. Shoes came in from Donald Pliner (made in Italy) and Bacco Bucci (made in Italy) -- unsure of which stores got what, but the selections were not very big from what I saw. More outerwear from Zerosettanta (made in Italy), though this time it's under a label called Brooklin -- this is some nice stuff if you can find it -- I saw it at the Soho store in NYC and the Jersey Gardens store.

STAY AWAY FROM THESE LABELS: Shirts from Sorbino and Theatre -- this stuff is just poorly made - thin/rough cotton material and poor styling.

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