Originally Posted by wilsoax
Could you go into more detail about quality slipping?
I got some oxfords and poplins from LEC last fall. If my memory serves me well, they were $44 each, with okay fabric and single-stitching on the sleeves. They just feel decent and have held up well for me. Some may say they are on par with J.Crew, and I won't put up a fight even though I feel there's something missing that doesn't make those shirts quite as nice as J.Crew's. Still, I was fairly satisfied with what I paid and what I got.
Last spring, I got a gingham poplin shirt. I didn't notice the fact that it was $5 cheaper until I noticed the double-stitching on the sleeves. That must be where the $5 difference went. In all honesty, single-stitching or double-stitching is not a deal-breaker for me, on a casual shirt. The fabric was not too bad either. But after 3 months not being very compelled to wear it even once, I decided to return it.
Today, I just got another oxford shirt with contrast collar, and as of this post, it was the worst I have ever come across in my life. It came wrinkled like hell, and the fabric felt like my dorm room's bed linen. And voila, double-stitching. If the previous shirts have not quite convinced me they were not as good as J.Crew's, this one definitely has.
To me, J.Crew's shirts are the bare minimum of what I find good enough to wear. Sure, their fabric doesn't compare to anybody, and they're horribly overpriced, but they have consistently good construction and, forgive me, look better than LEC shirts. In the past, LEC shirts might have rivaled J.Crew's, but the last two years have proven otherwise. Believe me, I'm sadder than anyone else that I have to give my money to J.Crew instead of LEC, but I don't lower my expectation just because LEC lower theirs.
Edited by xxxamazexxx - 8/8/13 at 5:33pm