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post #4531 of 5101
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Originally Posted by Racing Green View Post
It's true for some stuff, Irish sweaters and tweed, British shoes and outerwear but for casual everyday stuff OCBD shirts, chinos, boat shoes, loafers etc then the US is miles ahead. The nearest we have to J. Crew is Marks and Spencer. No comparison. And the weak dollar makes it even more frustrating. http://www.marksandspencer.com/Mens/b/43371030
I want some of those sweaters. This thing was a disappointment, and I want a real one made from real wool.
post #4532 of 5101
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Originally Posted by RyanAnderson View Post
With 34%+ of Americans being obese, I think there's more obese people shopping there than you think.

Also, even people who are "just" overweight need their clothes cut large.

I disagree. But either of these points is hard to prove/disprove. Just going by my impressions or maybe prejudices--I think of the obese going to WalMart etc for clothes, the not-so-obese to "my" store.

But I think you're missing my point about J. Crew's sizing. I think it wouldn't be all that appropriate for them to make most of their garments very slim. It's not appropriate for the traditional preppy look. And I don't think it's all that big.
post #4533 of 5101
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Originally Posted by Arethusa View Post
I want some of those sweaters. This thing was a disappointment, and I want a real one made from real wool.

how was it a disappointment?
post #4534 of 5101
Yarn, mostly. You get what you pay for, I guess, but I would've gladly payed more for 100% wool. You can tell it's a synthetic blend, and I have my doubts it'll hold its shape. Haven't made up my mind, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to return it. I just can't find a suitable alternative. Traditional sweaters are all dumpy and baggy. The fit on the J Crew one really is good (and the color's nice).
post #4535 of 5101
Thread Starter 
stopped in a jcrew today for the first time in months. they had a lot of stuff marked down - tried out the thermals, nicer than last season, but will get reduced further (they had the nice colors at 29.99 while the ugly ones were at 19.99). the merino pieces this season suck - m is too loose in the waist, s is too short. shawl necks are lame. ended up grabbing a sherpa hoodie. not as nice as last season (not as thick, doesn't have a double zip), but was like 70% off.
post #4536 of 5101
A little off-topic but I visited the vintage store looking for an alternative to what I couldn't find at J. Crew, and found a Jantzen cashmere cardigan for around 23 bucks. It was a nice brown color. I was almost going to get it and then noticed a hole on one side that had been sewn up, about the size of a dime. Was it a good choice to leave it alone? It was nice other than the hole.
post #4537 of 5101
I've been thinking about the Woodsman tartan for a while. I've had multiple opportunities to get it, most recently a few days ago when someone came on here to say that it's back up at $29.99 plus $15 shipping to Canada. Ok, but something always stopped me from pulling the trigger even at that low price point, and even thoug I could easily have tagged it on to other purchases.




Then I saw this:




Assuming the Jcrew was even still available (and I do think it will pop up again), $45 shipped for the jcrew or $130 shipped for the Our Legacy? Other than price, unfair comparison?
post #4538 of 5101
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Originally Posted by somatoform View Post
I've been thinking about the Woodsman tartan for a while. I've had multiple opportunities to get it, most recently a few days ago when someone came on here to say that it's back up at $29.99 plus $15 shipping to Canada. Ok, but something always stopped me from pulling the trigger even at that low price point, and even thoug I could easily have tagged it on to other purchases.




Then I saw this:




Assuming the Jcrew was even still available (and I do think it will pop up again), $45 shipped for the jcrew or $130 shipped for the Our Legacy? Other than price, unfair comparison?

JCrew looks much better.
post #4539 of 5101
I can't help ya with that one. I know I like my Woodsman tartan a lot though. I don't know about any construction quality differences, but I can say that I like the J. Crew color a lot better.

One thing I wanted to mention--I think I mentioned a few pages back about picking up a vintage PLRL tartan with epaulets. I've noticed that these PLRL l/s's from a certain time period resemble J. Crew secret wash shirts, witon one big difference. The fabric is much the same in weight, construction is similar. BUT the J. Crew "secret wash" really does make a difference in the hand. The PLRL version does not feel as soft or broken in.
post #4540 of 5101
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post
A little off-topic but I visited the vintage store looking for an alternative to what I couldn't find at J. Crew, and found a Jantzen cashmere cardigan for around 23 bucks. It was a nice brown color. I was almost going to get it and then noticed a hole on one side that had been sewn up, about the size of a dime. Was it a good choice to leave it alone? It was nice other than the hole.

I would get it. It has character.
Ask for a small discount though because of the hole.
post #4541 of 5101
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Originally Posted by somatoform View Post
I've been thinking about the Woodsman tartan for a while. I've had multiple opportunities to get it, most recently a few days ago when someone came on here to say that it's back up at $29.99 plus $15 shipping to Canada. Ok, but something always stopped me from pulling the trigger even at that low price point, and even thoug I could easily have tagged it on to other purchases. Then I saw this: Assuming the Jcrew was even still available (and I do think it will pop up again), $45 shipped for the jcrew or $130 shipped for the Our Legacy? Other than price, unfair comparison?
It's an unfair comparison. The J Crew shirt is way better.
post #4542 of 5101
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
I would get it. It has character.
Ask for a small discount though because of the hole.

I may go back. It fit nice and slim, just right, and otherwise was in good shape for being a few decades old.
post #4543 of 5101
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post
I may go back. It fit nice and slim, just right, and otherwise was in good shape for being a few decades old.

Does your vintage shop get new items? I go to 3 or 4 often and they rarely if ever get new clothing. They also never have shoes.
post #4544 of 5101
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Originally Posted by somatoform View Post
I've been thinking about the Woodsman tartan for a while.


I picked this up on the SC recently. Then a couple of days later I saw that it made an appearance in Bill Cunningham's Sunday Style photo mosaic in the NYT this past week. Guy wearing it with a dark solid tie and grey vest.
post #4545 of 5101
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
Does your vintage shop get new items? I go to 3 or 4 often and they rarely if ever get new clothing. They also never have shoes.


Yeah, this place restocks about every week. They're picky about what they get, too. I was talking to the clerks about how they do it--the owner spends most of his time traveling around the east coast area looking for stuff, going to estate sales and whatever, instead of taking stuff from people just coming in the store.

What always surprises me is how great the stuff from the 50s and 60s is, even when it's made by Sears or JC Penny. Picked up a great cashmere blazer w/ some defunct N.C. men's store name, from the 60s according to the tag. Fit is spot on, nice and trim, narrow lapels, nice details--was about 30 bucks.

They've had nice shoes occasionally. Saw some LL Bean sorels that I wanted for 25 bucks but they were a size too big.
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