1 INHABIT NY wool cardigan
2 JEROME DREYFUSS backpack
3 Vince perforated sneakers
4 SOLOW slub mini dress | made in the US, no longer available
5 CHANEL nail polish in “particuliere” | I dusted this off for the weekend…
6 GOLDSIGN Virtual high-rise jeans | made in the US
7 EVERLANE u-neck tee | made in the US
8 RAG & BONE aston booties
9 EVERLANE chunky knit cardigan | men’s version
10 JAMES PERSE leggings | made in the US
Saturday: Goldsign jeans, Everlane t-shirt, Inhabit cardigan, Rag & Bone boots, JD backpack
Sunday: JP leggings, SoLow dress, Everlane chunky cardigan, Vince sneakers, JD backpack
On Saturday, Leo and I went to the Dallas museum of art to see the special exhibit : Bouquets, and this time we actually went in! (as opposed to last weekend in Fort Worth). It was beautiful, so worth it…Then we went looking for a belt for Leo and stopped at a shopping area where Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth and the Blooomingdale’s Outlet are just steps away from each other.
I wanted to stop into each one to see their selections of James Perse (I tried on this top at JP last summer and fell in LOVE with it, then it disappeared, now it’s at Off Fifth), and do some reconnaissance. I’ve suspected recently that such “outlets” are selling some James Perse pieces that are similar, but not exactly the same items sold at Nordstrom, Saks, Shopbop, or James Perse. I’ve seen styles recently that are actually different, and appear to be exclusive to these outlets; I’d never seen them before, and I noticed they are always made in Vietnam, Guatemala, or Mexico.
While I was at the Bloomingdale’s outlet, I noticed a seemingly identical version of the button-front slub shirt I have, that I got at Shopbop, but when I felt it and looked at it, something was “off,” and it was not nearly as soft as mine. Then I looked at the tag, and it was made in Vietnam. But the tag looked genuine, and the price on it (BEFORE the markdown) was commiserate with the “regular” price of the “real” JP tee.
So, I’m left with a couple of revelations/questions.
Does James Perse do what other clothing brands/manufacturers do and produce different, but similar, items specifically for outlets? I know J Crew does this, and Banana Republic, and Gap, and probably other brands too, but I KNOW James Perse doesn’t do this for their company-owned outlets, so I thought they wouldn’t do it for others. But I am probably wrong.
Or, are these outlets purchasing from less than reputable sources? Are the items “fake” James Perse? I doubt it.
Does it matter? Yes, it does to me. If the items are less than “regular” JP quality (and NOT made in the US, for which we/I pay the premium price), but still produced by JP, then there should be a clear distinction, other than where the item is made. Maybe there is. Maybe the tags are different, but I haven’t noticed. I’ll have to look into that more.
*just looked, and the tags aren’t different.
I don’t know. Just thoughts for this Monday morning…