I occasionally hear someone say, “I don’t care about labels.” There are many reasons to rethink that philosophy. The difference between a $6 low-end brand blouse and a $75 designer label blouse are like night and day. Of course, I realize that many people can’t afford or even desire a blouse that originally costs more than $500., but others can and do. There is, however, a wide range of offerings in between that meet most budgets.
“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham
Fabrics used in low-end clothing lines are of a looser weave and lower quality than those found in upscale labels. This means that the lower-end item will give you much less wear for your dollar. As well, there is a difference in the “feel” of the fabric. Have you ever felt cotton that you would have sworn was silk? This is the quality you’ll find in the designer labels. The fabric will feel good next to your skin and has a sheen about it. It is less inclined to pill with washing. Dyes are of a higher quality in high-end labels, which means that dark colors stay dark far longer than in their cheaper cousins. You are also less likely to find natural fibers on low-end clothing, and when you do, they are generally on the lower-quality spectrum — again affecting the long-term wearabily of the item. For example, high-end labels use wools sourced from reputable dealers, whereas low-quality wools are often repurposed from old wool fibers, creating an inferior wool product.
There is a difference in the fit of the garments as high-end products use more complex patterns to ensure a nice fit to the body. Simpler patterns result in lower production costs, but at the cost of a good fit.
“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw
So what labels live at reFresh?
Why do I care about the labels that we carry? Quality becomes even more important in the resale environment. If a garment is of low quality to begin with and has seen several to many washings, then it has little left to offer its next owner. It is important to me that clients get good value for their dollar. Value, or a good deal, is not necessarily defined as a cheap price. Rather value is better defined as the remaining useful life of the garment or the opportunity to own a designer piece at a price that may have been otherwise out of reach.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe
We’ve made every effort to do away with low-end labels, although the occasional one can be found lurking in a dark corner. What you will find is Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Paris, Cabi, Classiques Entier, Liz Claiborne and more of this ilk. In addition, you will find designer labels such as: Kate Spade, Escada, Joanna Chen, Diane vonFurstenberg, Elie Tahari, Philip Lim, Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and many more. We also have vintage furs and fine leather. Items are in like-new condition and are carefully curated, and cleaned.