6 Clothing Retailers That Only Rich People Can Afford
A $60,000 suit? A polo T-shirt that’s pushing $600? No, these are not typos. We’ve rounded up the short list of sartorial destinations that are abundantly rich in elegant heritage and unmatched quality, but are also rather infamous for being on the expensive side when it comes to their menswear offerings. Check out this head-spinning roundup of clothing retailers that will make a serious dent in your bank account.
The iconic, heritage gabardine trench coat from the storied British label, Burberry, represents a 100-plus-year history of innovation and craftsmanship. And all that fine work doesn’t come cheaply. At upwards of $2,000, you will truly be wearing money on your sleeve (which is, of course, lined in the house’s signature check lining). Step into a Burberry boutique and, in addition to outerwear, you’ll also find equally pricey, but no less beautifully designed contemporary suits in breathable mohair and soft wool blends. There are also plenty of modern, slim blazers as well as shirts, pants, shoes, and scarves.
2. Louis Vuitton
If you’re familiar with the initials LV then you probably already know that the combo of letters doesn’t come without a few extra dollar signs. Prized for its logo-centric bags (take your pick — from backpacks to messengers and totes) along with small leather goods, the renowned house of Louis Vuitton also displays notable ready-to-wear menswear, shoes, and accessories in their stores. Just be prepared to pay the price. The handsomely-structured, status bags will leave you with a few thousand less in the bank.
3. Bottega Veneta
This Italian design house is steeped in the traditions of master leather craftsmen and has been long celebrated for its extravagant goods, including signature intrecciato woven bags. But jewelry, footwear, and ready-to-wear men’s fashion are also easily within reach, though possibly not within budget, at a Bottega Veneta shop.
4. Ermenegildo Zegna
Another Italian design house that is no shrinking violet, Ermenegildo Zegna is often referred to as simply “Zegna.” The label likewise produces some of the most coveted men’s apparel that’s characterized by precision tailoring and the highest quality fabrics. The Couture collection is the most exclusive, with individually fitted, bespoke suits coming in at $22,000 — or more. But, walk into the store and take a gander at the ready-to-wear selection. Still, you’ll shell out thousands for one piece.
Brioni is yet another Italian clothier (surely you notice a trend) that boasts a bold-named pedigree that links the label to the film industry as well as international celebrities beginning in the years of La Dolce Vita. The price range is just as bold with elegant overcoats in the $10,000 range and sport coats just a few thousand less. Eyewear and shoes are also part of the mix. The Su Misura experience delivers the exclusivity of tailor-made suiting from the finest quality fabrics and is available by appointment at their stores.
Kiton derives from “chitone,” which is the ceremonial garment worn by ancient Greek aristocracy, a symbol of classicism, quality, and social distinction. The name is apropos given the famed reputation of this label that prizes perfection and quality in every detail of both ready-to-wear and bespoke clothing that lasts a lifetime. While more wearable pieces range in price, a made-to-measure K-50 suit could cost upwards of $60,000. The suit model is created exclusively by five of Kiton’s finest tailors and only 50 are produced each year — each taking no less than 50 hours to produce and hand-crafted from start to finish.