Hoss Intropia - Have you heard of this make?

(32 Posts)
PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 21:22:16

I have seen some of their clothes on Brand Alley, some of them look really nice, and in particular I really like a dress, which is £67. Now, I am not so bothered about it having been 'reduced' from £200+ as, well it's worth what yu are prepared to pay for it right? And I would not look twice at any dress at that price as I can't afford it! I have also been bitten by that before, buying a 'bargain' pair of what turned out to be £80 wellies grin.

So, before I think about committing to this (for a wedding, it's a bit 'out there' for a wedding, but its the reception not the day affair, and I don't know them much, so I am happy to go with it), and bearing in mind I have just spent too much money online at Debenhams today, is this a Good Brand in terms of quality etc?

Is a dress by this brand worth this money?

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 21:39:52

I like the dress so much in fact, I might actually take ALL my debenhams things back, and buy this instead (well, to be fair, it wasn't all for me, so only my stuff will go back wink).

And I have seen a top I like. Oh. No. I am feeling a Bit Too Free with the debit card. Thank Goodness I don't have a credit card.

Do you think DH will mind? really? if we have to eat beans on toast for a few weeks?/he has to pull some extra shifts at work this month?

hettie Sat 02-Feb-13 22:34:27

I love their stuff, very nearly got married in one of their dresses. Don't understand why it's not a more well known name over here....

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 22:38:02

oooh in that case <shhhhh> let's keep it that way, at least until I have decided if I want the dress. Or, rather, if I can persuade DH that I need the dress very, very badly grin

I had never heard of them, but, pretty much all of their stuff, I would wear, it's unusual but not ugly, and not too unusual that I would look overdressed wearing it, can dress it up or down nicely I think, with just a little bit of Different. it's very much the kind of thing I like in fact. I am going to keep more of an eye out for their stuff I think.

RayofSun Sat 02-Feb-13 22:39:01

Noticed this stocked at my local John Lewis. Didn't look at clothes tho, sorry.

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 22:53:50

that's not to say I think £67 is too much money to spend on a dress normally, I don't think it is, if it's going to be worn to a wedding for example and then lots afterwards. Just don't want to spend it before checking out whether it will or won't be a sack on me grin

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 22:55:10

ray I might go take a look to see where it is stocked and take a look at the quality, will miss this dress as there is only 2 left, but I am prepared to do that, and if I like it, I can buy something next time, I am sure it will come up again, and the other clothes are also lovely so I will find something I am sure!

Unfortunately, no JL near us sad

nevergoogle Sat 02-Feb-13 23:06:19

yes there is pav!

and you can have JL stuff sent to your nearest waitrose too.

nevergoogle Sat 02-Feb-13 23:07:50

and i need you on my thread in chat about finding somewhere to study.

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:08:08

is there? shock where?

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:08:58

Oh yes! there is! [stupid emoticon needed] I am going in tomorrow then grin

linkie needed!

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:10:11

do you know...I never go in there. It's a really Crap Shop. Now, I am sure other JL are not. But that one, is so crap and over-priced I didn't even remember it was JL. And it doesn't even do proper children's clothes section.

nevergoogle Sat 02-Feb-13 23:13:16


i ventured into that JL a couple of weeks ago to buy a tumble dryer which has revolutionised our quality of life.

the boys didn't permit me to look at anything other than doorstops and computer games before i was whinged back out of the shop and home again.

nevergoogle Sat 02-Feb-13 23:13:55

The edinburgh JL is fabulous.

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:21:29

I need a tumble dryer. Badly. Then I won't have clothes hung up all over the place. Also need a cleaner (we are actually getting one now though). I could do with a housekeeper really...<sigh>

I posted on your thread grin

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:22:32

I think I just don't like that JL as it has very bad sales. Unlike say, Debenhams, which I just bought some stuff from. But even then these days I don't go into shops, it involves, like, walking places.

nevergoogle Sat 02-Feb-13 23:23:03

we've had clothes constantly around for the past 9 years.
since we've moved into our new damp-free house and got a tumble drier i'm off my inhalers!

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:26:55

that's fab news!! Wet clothes are really crap for damp spores aren't they? Are you loving your new house?

Yes, Hoss are good - anything I've bought from them has lasted years. They are a Spanish company and it's worth looking out for the label if you're in Spain - it's generally cheaper there than at home.

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:29:42

So, in your view, is £67 for a dress reasonable to pay? (obviously depending on your personal taste!)

If you like it, then yes, I'd say it is.

Enjoy the wedding!

nevergoogle Sat 02-Feb-13 23:37:00

loving the new house, mostly because of the central heating.

still lots of unpacking today to find the spare room though.

PavlovtheCat Sat 02-Feb-13 23:45:28

moon it's not til March, and I am mostly looking forward to it because it's in a posh place with yummy food. It is a colleague of DH so I don't really know him, but he and DH get on very well, so he has invited the whole family [crazy man]

The only prob I have is atm I am not walking v well due to back probs so either stooped, or using a crutch which I am not meant to be using as it is not good for back problems (but is the only way I can be mobile right now), and I need to consider if a) the crutch won't look too awful with it or b) if I ditch the crutch and hobble like an old woman, will it look awful with my butt sticking out and my boobs bent forward?! grin And I do think this dress will manage both of those things quite well, not sure about the crutch, but can't say it's a fab look with any lovely dress. I shall put a bow on it grin

Definitely get a bow, or, how about ditching the crutch for the day and using something like this?

PavlovtheCat Sun 03-Feb-13 22:18:00

I prefer the medusa one grin

That's a good idea if I am walking reasonably well. Problem is I use my hand and arm on the crutch, in particular, I grip the handle (sometimes like my life depends on it!) but, my friend has some canes, so I might give one or two a go and see if I can adjust. That would be cool!

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 04-Feb-13 09:28:26

Hoss Intropia was stocked by netaporter in the early days which I think is a sign of it being a decent brand. I guess it didn't sell well though as they pulled it after one or two seasons. I always think on that basis that the brandalley prices are probably decent value but I wouldn't pay full whack.

PavlovtheCat Mon 04-Feb-13 10:49:29

Oh that's helpful to know! I agree, would not pay £210 for the dress, which is what they say it has been reduced from!

winefairy Mon 04-Feb-13 11:02:35

Hoss Intropia are lovely....really nice quality and detailing. I have this coat from Brand Alley and it has been much admired and does look as if it would cost nearer the original price.

Had never bought from Brand Alley either and was pleasantly surprised.

PavlovtheCat Mon 04-Feb-13 11:46:37

oh I love that coat! That is what I love about what I have seen. It is eye catching, but not so Out There is it unwearable if you are not a model/absolutely gorgeous already. I am still tempted...my friend told me to just buy it grin

I have mostly been happy with my Brand Alley purchases. Their have been two occasions I have not, which were both boot purchases - one for DD and one for me. DD was happy with hers and they were nice boots, but the quality was not as great as I had hoped, but it was a Brand I had not heard of so took a chance. The second pair, for me, where the same, a Brand I had not heard of, but the boots looked amazing. Knee-high cowboy boots. And when I put one on, they swamped my leg and the quality was quite cheap, I sent them back!

However, Brand Alley were fab re sending back. I had done my back in over xmas so couldn't send them back in the time given (2wks I think), it was more like 5 wks, so I emailed them and they were happy to accept them back that late with no penalty, used their delivery drop off service, didn't pay for returning. I thought they would deduct the delivery cost charged to me when they re-funded (just refund the cost of the boots, but they didn't, they refunded the entire amount including the £5.95 delivery charge with no problems.

winefairy Mon 04-Feb-13 12:35:41

I say buy it too!! I have my eye on this one.

Unfortunately, when I went onto Brand Alley to link to the coat I also noticed some James jeans reduced to £17.50 from £175. So, I had to buy them. £17.50!! I had no choice really, did I?

PavlovtheCat Mon 04-Feb-13 13:03:49

grin, that's a bargain! got to be done...

drjohnsonscat Mon 04-Feb-13 13:13:11

There's a Hoss Intropia on Regent St in London close to where I work. I go in there every now and again to waft around and look at the pretty things. Never bought anything in there because it is expensive. Can't comment on quality but it looks spenny if you know what I mean so I guess I'm saying go for the dress and post a pic!

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