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post #3496 of 3515

New lambswool sweater from LEC

 

 

http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-camo-lambswool-crewneck-sweater/id_260053

 

I must admit, it looks really good. I even feel like this is a legitimate attempt from LEC to call its own trend instead of messing around with J.Crew's past catalogs. At $99, this sweater is actually more expensive than the majority of lambswool sweaters at J.Crew, so I sincerely hope that quality corresponds with price and that LEC isn't trying to pull a Gap. I'm excited. But I will have to see it in person to find out if I should be.

post #3497 of 3515

Actually, J. Crew's had a camo sweatshirt for a while.  The LEC pattern's a bit more vibrant, and the J. Crew version is about twice as expensive, but we've been seeing more camo than ever in mainstream shops like J. Crew and LEC and even JCPenney and Target's house brands.

post #3498 of 3515

Wear it with this and you'll have a winner.     ;) 

post #3499 of 3515

Does anyone know how the Land's End Moleskin trousers fit? 

post #3500 of 3515
LEC, it was nice knowin ya. Seems pretty obvious from their new selections, being folded into the main LE website, and lack of any real PR activity.... that LEC is an afterthought if not on its last leg. A real shame frown.gif
post #3501 of 3515

Just ordered two pairs of their 608 chinos. Its nice that you can have them hemmed for no extra charge.

 

And has anyone noticed how Sears stores has very little stock of LE stuff  at least for mens? I stopped by the other day to try some stuff on before ordering online and they didnt have any Canvas stuff and probably the lamest items from their catalog.

post #3502 of 3515

Sears and thus LE is in financial trouble, but from what I hear LE is still a robust money-maker for Sears....that being said, it does seem as though the offerings from LEC have become less frequent and fewer in number.  The media contacts there have also been quiet, as mentioned above especially as it relates to social media connection points...

post #3503 of 3515
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Originally Posted by BondExperience View Post

that being said, it does seem as though the offerings from LEC have become less frequent and fewer in number.  The media contacts there have also been quiet, as mentioned above especially as it relates to social media connection points...

Dunno if anyone here is on their email list, but they sent out a goodbye message a couple days ago. The wording is a bit ambiguous, so it's hard to tell if they're talking about LEC shutting down, or just the separate LEC email list.

There was talk here and over on reddit's mfa that this is the end, and that LEC failed. Maybe this is just me being contrarian, but I think the opposite is happening -- LEC won, and is quietly taking over Lands' End in a bid to compete more directly with J. Crew.

LEC products are already included in LE homepage photos, as the goodbye email they sent says. And they're even bringing in models originally hired for LEC to show off LE clothes. The models generally seem to be skewing younger, and the overall look of LE.com is less dowdy than it used to be--to me, at least, it's very reminiscent of J. Crew.

I think LEC may stick around for a bit as a place to experiment a bit and try to lure in a younger demographic. But that culture of testing is moving into mainline Lands' End, too, as seen by a number of "Limited Edition" garments that are no doubt being used for product/market research.

LE isn't completely ditching their older core demographic, since there's a lot of Traditional Fit stuff left. But if you poke around in mainline Lands' End, you'll see here and there that the overall stylishness is turned up a bit. I think all these moves suggest that they're shifting to a slightly younger demographic, more in their late twenties through late thirties, rather than late forties through early sixties. I'm in my early thirties, really liked the early LEC stuff, and find lately that I find more interesting stuff in mainline Lands' End.

I think Lands' End is going through the same transition J. Crew did six or seven years ago. I doubt they'll become the multi-billion dollar cultural phenomenon that J. Crew now is. But by upping the style quotient and keeping prices low, they may lure away a few customers.
post #3504 of 3515
^Interesting thoughts, thisfits.

I'd generally be fine if that's the case, as I like the way that the LEC clothes fit and their chino shorts and chino pants have been very good.

However, if LEC styling does become more widespread throughout mainline LE merchandise, I really, really hope that the mainline LE shirts don't adopt the LEC collars. I've ordered a few LEC shirts (with button-down collars) in the past and returned all three of them as the collars were too small and too flimsy and the collar points were too short. The traditional LE OCBD collar shirt, in a tailored fit, has a much, much, much better collar.
post #3505 of 3515

I wonder whether the rollout of their new "slim-fit" dress shirts (thread on them, here) might have been influenced, at least in part, by the fit of some of the LEC items.  Does anyone find it odd that LandsEnd hasn't really touted the slimmer fit (despite their "Made to Work" advertising campaign)?  As to the collars on the Canvas shirts, I attributed that partly to their unstructured nature (which leans more toward the lived-in, casual, sport/camp shirt). 

post #3506 of 3515
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Originally Posted by mixProtocol View Post

I wonder whether the rollout of their new "slim-fit" dress shirts (thread on them, here) might have been influenced, at least in part, by the fit of some of the LEC items.  Does anyone find it odd that LandsEnd hasn't really touted the slimmer fit (despite their "Made to Work" advertising campaign)?  As to the collars on the Canvas shirts, I attributed that partly to their unstructured nature (which leans more toward the lived-in, casual, sport/camp shirt). 

Someone who says he's close to the company posted this on Reddit:

"As someone who works close with the company, the idea is to bring canvas a core together to add back more style to the core line that it has been lacking for a while. You will see slim fit in tailored and bottoms as well as dress and possibly sportshirts. Tailored fit in Blazers will remain but will try to introduce more "trend right" pattern work"
post #3507 of 3515
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Originally Posted by thisfits View Post


Dunno if anyone here is on their email list, but they sent out a goodbye message a couple days ago. The wording is a bit ambiguous, so it's hard to tell if they're talking about LEC shutting down, or just the separate LEC email list.

There was talk here and over on reddit's mfa that this is the end, and that LEC failed. Maybe this is just me being contrarian, but I think the opposite is happening -- LEC won, and is quietly taking over Lands' End in a bid to compete more directly with J. Crew.

LEC products are already included in LE homepage photos, as the goodbye email they sent says. And they're even bringing in models originally hired for LEC to show off LE clothes. The models generally seem to be skewing younger, and the overall look of LE.com is less dowdy than it used to be--to me, at least, it's very reminiscent of J. Crew.

I think LEC may stick around for a bit as a place to experiment a bit and try to lure in a younger demographic. But that culture of testing is moving into mainline Lands' End, too, as seen by a number of "Limited Edition" garments that are no doubt being used for product/market research.

LE isn't completely ditching their older core demographic, since there's a lot of Traditional Fit stuff left. But if you poke around in mainline Lands' End, you'll see here and there that the overall stylishness is turned up a bit. I think all these moves suggest that they're shifting to a slightly younger demographic, more in their late twenties through late thirties, rather than late forties through early sixties. I'm in my early thirties, really liked the early LEC stuff, and find lately that I find more interesting stuff in mainline Lands' End.

I think Lands' End is going through the same transition J. Crew did six or seven years ago. I doubt they'll become the multi-billion dollar cultural phenomenon that J. Crew now is. But by upping the style quotient and keeping prices low, they may lure away a few customers.

 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THIS THOUGHT!

 

I have recently also come across the news that Sears is ready to spin Lands' End off, and all the negative speculations surrounding it made me really worried. When I got the goodbye email from LEC, I got slightly emotional too. It has been only 6 months since I discovered LEC, but I have gone through quite an adventure with it.

 

I hope your post is accurate, and the spirit of LEC will simply be fused into mainline Lands' End. I believe in this company and its effort to revitalize itself. Come to think of it, being freed from Sears may be a good start for Lands' End in this transformation. I can visualize the upcoming Lands' End occupying the niche area between Brooks Brothers and J.Crew, and am all the more excited about it.

post #3508 of 3515

I decided to take a chance on the Lands' End Wool Barracuda Jacket ...   $50 - 30% brought it down $35 ....  I'll post a quick review after I get it, if anyone's interested...

post #3509 of 3515

land's end has been on my "to try" list for awhile.

and i got tired of buying desgner only garments. for this season so i decided to work on my basics  again.

 

i ordered the linen/cotton blend thick knit sweater i am hoping it is decent quality. can anyone confirm that it is?

 

and some basic shirts + some oxfords i know its alot to order to try the brand out but i figured if it is all garbage older genetleman wear i'd just return it due to their guarantee. It would be nice if the sears here decided to carry LE/LEC but apperantly they decided not to.

post #3510 of 3515
I wonder what will happen with Lands End and Sears. One of the reasons I buy from them now is beause I can just walk into Sears to return/exchange.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/06/us-sears-landsend-idUSBRE9B50K120131206
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