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How Do You Define Quality in Apparel? - Part 2 of the Quality Series

This is part 2 in our series about how to distinguish high quality apparel, so you get the best product for your hard-earned cash.   But what do we mean by"quality"? Research suggests there are five major approaches to the definition of quality: aesthetics-based, product-based, user-based, value-based, and manufacturing-based. We believe all approaches are important, and different roles in our firm are focused on different aspects and approaches.  However, at the end of the day the judge of the product is the consumer, and most customers that we have talked with are most interested in value-based approaches -- they want the best quality of the aesthetics, product, usability, and manufacturing at a price they feel is fair (best value). Over the years of...

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Top Things To Look For To Distinguish A Quality Piece of Apparel - Part 1

You want to make apparel purchases that look good and last more than one season.  In order to do so, you need to be able to recognize a quality garment when you see one -- to be able to tell the difference between a durable, well-crafted piece and one that looks pretty at time of purchase but won't last more than half a season. This post and subsequent posts will help you distinguish high-quality garments from low-quality ones, so that you make the most of your wardrobe investment.  So how do you distinguish a quality garment?

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The Washington Monument Is Open Again!

I just happened to be in our nation's capital when the Washington Monument was reopened again after being closed for 3+ years.  I was lucky enough to get a ticket and go up top to see the fantastic views.  Most interesting -- soon you will be able to order tickets online! Yay! Starting on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. tickets may be ordered online for tour dates beginning on Oct. 19. Same-day tickets will still be available on a first-come, first-served basis daily starting at 8:30 a.m. The Washington Monument will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This photo was taken from the plane window at Washington National airport -- or should I say Reagan airport now.  Old habits...

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