Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Ristefsky Macheda - A New Brand Reviewed

Ristefsky Macheda is a relatively new brand hailing from Australia.  You may remember that I put them on my holiday buying guide.  It gets its name from its two designers: Stephen Ristefsky and Vincent Macheda.  Both Ristefsky and Macheda have European backgrounds, but have fully embraced the Australian lifestyle making for a unique feel to the brand.  RM entered onto the underwear scene last year sometime, but it wasn't until this past holiday season that they really got going.  They make great products and their undies are quickly becoming some of my favorite go-to pairs.  Today I want to review one of my favorites, the RM Retro Low Rise Brief

As far as the fit of these go. They're what I would call a modest low-rise.  They do sit lower than your standard full-rise briefs, but they aren't quite as skimpy as your average low-rise brief.  They're a nice compromise between the full and low rises, a sort of in-between brief if you will.  The waistband is low like low-rise, but the sides and back have more coverage like a full-rise.  The back fits smoothly over your butt making for a nice, streamlined fit.  The front pouch is a little loose to allow for movement and comfort.  

Speaking of comfort, these are some of the comfiest briefs I've tried in a long time.  Like I already said, these have definitely become some of my go-to briefs.  The soft 95% cotton/5% elastane blend makes for great all-day comfort.  You can really wear these things anywhere.  So no matter what your day has in store, these things will keep you covered and comfy.  The waistband and leg bands are snug enough to make you feel secure, but not too tight to be restrictive.  

These things are simple, but they have style.  The body is a dark, heathered charcoal color.  So even though they appear to be solid-colored in the picture, they are actually slightly mottled in shades of grey.  The waistband is in a contrast white and black.  And the ribbing around the pouch and legbands is in your choice of four colors: yellow, dark blue, red, or sky blue.  I tried yellow.  They are basic with a little retro fun to them.  These things definitely have a little panache to them.  

As for quality, these things are excellent.  As I said, they are one of my current favorites so they get quite a bit of wear and tear.  And they've held up excellently.  As always with quality undies, wash them in cold water and line dry them and you should be fine.  The waistband is triple-seamed, while the other important seams are double-seamed.  So these things should hold up well for quite a while.  At $25 a pair they are on the pricey side for something that is so plain.  But as I said, they're super comfy and they're gonna hold up well.  They're really great for anything.  Buy them, you won't regret it.  

MY RATING:
Overall, I give the Ristefsky Macheda Retro Low Rise Brief a total score of 10 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 10 (out of 10) - Modest low-rise;  low-rise waist with full-rise coverage. 
COMFORT -- 10 (out of 10) - Super soft fabric.  Room to move. 
STYLE -- 10 (out of 10) - Basic with some retro flair. 
QUALITY -- 10 (out of 10) - Made well.  Triple and double-seamed stitches. 
VALUE -- 9 (out of 10) - Expensive but they'll last you. 

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