Will an oxford shirt from,say, Gant Rugger, be more durable than one from Rugby? How can you tell whether you're paying for the quality or just the details?
Rugger vs. Rugby? Sounds like CB’s territory to me. But if you want an abbreviated answer: Rugby is mostly made in China, and as we’ve discussed before, for many reasons, that usually means a cheaper final product. Sure, some of the price discrepancy is also buried in economies of scale and brand image, but the cheap labor that comes along with the “Made in China” tag allows Rugby to dramatically cut costs.
If you opt to go with the Rugger, however, it’s worth noting that for maybe around $20 more you can get what I (and most others, I’d assume) consider to be a far superior oxford at Gitman Vintage.
Edit: To Lawrence, I checked the one Rugger I own last night and couldn’t find a “Made in…” tag. I was under the impression Rugger was made somewhere cheap but not too cheap like Portugal. Anyone know for certain?
Edit 2: From Angovodo: Rugger’s oxfords are made in India. For $30 more, you’re getting a better collar roll and and nicer fabric. I’d go for it. Gitman is $160 now. They’ve jacked up prices.