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It's actually fairly decent. The fit is far superior to the J. Crew chambray, and it is cheaper. The fabric is of course worse, and there are some quality issues, but I think it is worth checking out.

My impression of the store this time, the first I've gone in for a while, is of a cut-rate J. Crew. The aura was rather similar. It may not be the *worst* thing to be.
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I've got one and it's pretty good. I've gotten quite a few compliments on it and a friend's girlfriend has been scouring her local gaps for one for him. For $70, it's a pretty solid shirt. I haven't tried the $98 J. Crew, but will when they go on sale. Now, if I could just fine their grey chambray shirt.. I knew I should've grabbed it the first time I saw it...
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I've got one and it's pretty good. I've gotten quite a few compliments on it and a friend's girlfriend has been scouring her local gaps for one for him. For $70, it's a pretty solid shirt. I haven't tried the $98 J. Crew, but will when they go on sale. Now, if I could just fine their grey chambray shirt.. I knew I should've grabbed it the first time I saw it...
Do you live in Canada? The normal gap chambray is $44.50. I think the flagship popover is $49.50. I have the both colors of the normal store chambray. I like the gray one simply because I haven't found a gray for under $175. This season's J. Crew that I have seen looks a lot more like a denim shirt than a chambray to me. Simply not my style. I have two of the older ones though, one is noticeably better fabric than the gap one, one is about the same. The shirt I really like this season is the red and black vintage flannel (there is a white and black version too) that is in the denim shop. It has contrast stitched double pockets and a vent running all the way down the back. WAY better than the boring flannels from Fall.
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Do you live in Canada?

The normal gap chambray is $44.50. I think the flagship popover is $49.50.

I have the both colors of the normal store chambray. I like the gray one simply because I haven't found a gray for under $175.

Oh, doh, brain fart. the 1969 Raw Selvage jeans were $69, the shirt was only $44.50, you're right. For $44.50, it's a hell of a shirt. And, like you, that's precisely why I want the grey. Can't find them for shit anywhere. Seriously, Chambray is an extremely under-utilized fabric. I wish I could find more in blacks and greys..
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sounds like it's time to abuse my cousin's employee discount
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The shirt I really like this season is the red and black vintage flannel (there is a white and black version too) that is in the denim shop. It has contrast stitched double pockets and a vent running all the way down the back. WAY better than the boring flannels from Fall.

yeah, the box pleat is rad. i'd buy it if i could also find the purple flannel online.

can you tell me if the retail stores price-match the online stores?
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Oh, doh, brain fart. the 1969 Raw Selvage jeans were $69, the shirt was only $44.50, you're right. For $44.50, it's a hell of a shirt. And, like you, that's precisely why I want the grey. Can't find them for shit anywhere. Seriously, Chambray is an extremely under-utilized fabric. I wish I could find more in blacks and greys..

If you're a bigger guy, check out the Lands End chambrayin black (http://www.landsend.com/pp/LongSleev...&origin=search). I emailed them for measurements on the medium and its huge (more like a large) so no good for me.
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Do you live in Canada?

The normal gap chambray is $44.50. I think the flagship popover is $49.50.

I have the both colors of the normal store chambray. I like the gray one simply because I haven't found a gray for under $175.

This season's J. Crew that I have seen looks a lot more like a denim shirt than a chambray to me. Simply not my style. I have two of the older ones though, one is noticeably better fabric than the gap one, one is about the same.


The shirt I really like this season is the red and black vintage flannel (there is a white and black version too) that is in the denim shop. It has contrast stitched double pockets and a vent running all the way down the back. WAY better than the boring flannels from Fall.

Can you post up a picture of the grey chambray? I haven't seen it at my local gap. Where did you see it in Canada (I'm in Canada also)?
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yeah, the box pleat is rad. i'd buy it if i could also find the purple flannel online.

can you tell me if the retail stores price-match the online stores?

No, retail and online are entirely independent. Even individual stores are priced differently for sale merchandise.

There are 3 or 4 purple flannels in store. I see two online, I know there is also a black, white & purple and a purple & black in stores. I was just in a store today and saw both.
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Can you post up a picture of the grey chambray? I haven't seen it at my local gap. Where did you see it in Canada (I'm in Canada also)?
I'm not in canada. I asked if he was since he was so out of whack on the pricing. but yeah I will try to remember to snap a picture of my gray. Gap calls it light blue chambray but by all defintions it's gray.
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Do you live in Canada?

The normal gap chambray is $44.50. I think the flagship popover is $49.50.

I have the both colors of the normal store chambray. I like the gray one simply because I haven't found a gray for under $175.

This season's J. Crew that I have seen looks a lot more like a denim shirt than a chambray to me. Simply not my style. I have two of the older ones though, one is noticeably better fabric than the gap one, one is about the same.


The shirt I really like this season is the red and black vintage flannel (there is a white and black version too) that is in the denim shop. It has contrast stitched double pockets and a vent running all the way down the back. WAY better than the boring flannels from Fall.
I tried on both of those and liked the black/white better. The fit is pretty good, but it's SO damn thin, and at $50, it makes the $70 J Crew flannels seem like a bargain. I do have a 20% off receipt though, and will probably pick it up.
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I tried on both of those and liked the black/white better. The fit is pretty good, but it's SO damn thin, and at $50, it makes the $70 J Crew flannels seem like a bargain. I do have a 20% off receipt though, and will probably pick it up.

I just looked it up and apparently it's not flannel which is why it's so thin. It's a gauze.

I would assume it's $49 as opposed to the normal $39 or $44 because of all the detail work.
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I just looked it up and apparently it's not flannel which is why it's so thin. It's a gauze.

I would assume it's $49 as opposed to the normal $39 or $44 because of all the detail work.

Yeah, I was gonna say, it's not a shirt I'd wear to camp like the J Crew flannel. Still pretty nice though. Gap is coming around very slowly.
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Yeah, I was gonna say, it's not a shirt I'd wear to camp like the J Crew flannel. Still pretty nice though. Gap is coming around very slowly.



Yeah it's headed in the right direction. I think they still need to shake off the 40 and 50 something women clinging to the brand who are dragging the style down.

A brand this big is never going to be as niche as even J. Crew can be. However the Jean relaunch and this winter's men's stuff shows there is hope.

As a long time employee I am glad Don got to see the place right itself before he passed. Don Fisher died this weekend:

http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/...8/daily11.html
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I have the Gap chambray as well. Overall I'm happy with it. It does have really crappy buttons and I think the sleeve opening is too wide, but I was able to get it for 11 bucks, so I can't complain.
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