Casual Luxury

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Abercrombie & Fitch - Casual Luxury

Longing for the finer things in life doesn’t always mean we have to be prodigal. There’s always that guilty feeling you’re being too extravagant when you’re buying something on your wishlist. If you’re in this situation, fret no more - because famous fashion designers now offer “white label” apparel. Think of casual luxury or budget exotic, these items are less expensive but doesn’t compromise looks or quality.

The following are some designer brands that offer both black label (high-end, high-priced) and white label (affordable) clothing lines… now there’s something to look forward to in austerity:

Abercrombie & Fitch

RUEHL No.925 - the highest price range among the A&F brands targeting post-collegiate 25 through 35 aged consumers

Hollister Co. - moderately priced compared to its parent brand, made for teenager market.

Giorgio Armani

Armani Privé - Armani’s high priced “haute couture” or in layman’s terms: made-to-wear (in contrast to ready-to-wear).

Armani Exchange - A|X is the most affordable of all the Armani lines and mainly targets the American market featuring urban-style themes for the younger customers and offered as ready-to-wear products.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Collection - black label, top-end designer line

Calvin Klein - white label, better sportswear line


Banana Republic - Gap’s mainstream luxury clothing line.

Old Navy - for the fashion oriented yet price conscious teens.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce&Gabbana - (note: spelled without spaces) specializes in expensive luxury formal wear

D&G - the urban-inspired trend-setter casual line, D&G is the younger, more flamboyant line of the Dolce brand.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Purple Label - Ralph Lauren’s signature, and highest end, men’s line.

Chaps - sold at a lower price point, offers items for men, women, children and also the home.


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