Originally Posted by jcru
Of course, the cache of the luxury brands that contract with JCrew has the potential to suffer if a perceived "middling"occurs as result of their association with this more mass-market retailer; yet for this market, a symbiotic condition seems to have emerged: wherein luxury brands get increased exposure due to the link and JCrew gets to build on its evolving taste.
Data please, showing how any luxury brand has benefited (in terms of their core business, not just the schlock Jcrew commissioned) as a result of this supposed symbiosis.
Keeping in mind that Alden is not a luxury brand. They're a workhouse brand held over from the days of old-school thrift, where you bought things once, paid more, and used them to death.