Source? You hear this shit around about everything, even when it's demonstrably untrue. I haven't been around/handling garments long enough to speak to any changes over time, but every Rick piece I've handled has seemed superb.
>switched to YKK zippers
Dunno, but I wouldn't be worried about it. Both companies have such a huge range of products and equivalent knowhow that knowing the brand doesn't tell you so much.
(For general background, Rick has historically used Riri zippers; Riri is Swiss and has one of those Swiss reputations, whereas YKK is the world's largest zipper company, Japanese, and can be found at both Wal-Mart and high end boutiques. You could say Riri is Schoeller and YKK is Toray, or less precisely Riri is Apple and YKK is Samsung/Lenovo.)
Really? I've always heard Riri and not paid much attention when I was looking. Good to know.
I've heard about the factory moves, but that also doesn't mean anything. There's great factories in China and horrible ones in Italy. Is there anything people can point to about the stuff coming out of Moldova that's below standard?
It's almost certainly cost driven, but that doesn't mean the quality is going to go down. Hell, he could be cutting labor costs so he can drive material quality up. Unlikely for a bunch of reasons, but cheaper labor isn't always worse labor.
>>8880573 >thinking rick would compromise quality the dude doesn't use veined marble, you think he'd care about his profit margin that much he seems perfectly fine with where he is financially. never came off as greedy
>>8880969 Becuase Moldova is literally the poorest country in Europe. Shit enough money from out of country to build a factory to whatever standard you want and pack it with people who need and will/must take less and you achieve significant cost savings without changing the product.
Moldova's GDP per capita is $3,800 and Italy's is $29,600.
YKK makes a TON of stuff. Just because most brands use their cheap zippers doesn't mean everything they make is bad. The large-gauge stuff, the all metal stuff, the hand-polished Excella stuff—still plenty of good products. On top of that a ton of techy brands are reliant on YKK For ranges like AquaGuard and whatnot. Judge the product, not the hype.
Exactly. My Guidis have YKK excella zippers with the guidi logo engraved etc and seem to be great quality so far. Although I also fell in love with the chunkiness of the raccagni zipper on my plinth Geos.
He switched to YKK last season, actually. Only the DRKSHDW (ironically) still has Raccagni.
Fascist that's the first time I've seen you wrong about this stuff - if there are any mainline Vicious or Moody pieces without YKK zips it's news to me. I owned the Vicious biker for a day but was so turned off by the YKK I returned it.
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