Originally Posted by Peter1
I think, as always, you have to pick and choose with J.Crew. I find their shirtings to be crap with bad fits. The pants are crap with good fits. The outerwear is good quality with crap fits. The suitings (at least the loro piano one I have) are pretty good but expensive for what you get. Their current quality is much better than, say, 1999, but much worse than 1990, if that dates me, so be it. Seems like every season there are a few surprisingly good items. I have a canvas blanket lined jacket from like 2004 that has worn like iron and a 20-year-old wool CPO that looks like new; conversely, some of their recent lightweight slim-fit chinos haven't survived one season without shrinking or, oddly, getting diaper butt...
I definitely agree. It's just that now we have to sift through a lot of their newer items to get to their classics. They're pushing the light weight chinos (I think you may be referring to the Essex pant that shrank) more than the broken-in chinos. With fit, I agree too. I find the shirts a bit blousey, but I wash/dry those in high heat to shrink and it works out well. I recently bought one of their Ludlow suits and I was impressed and I can't complain about price given that I got the 30% for holidays deal. As for quality, I can't speak to how it was back in the 90's, but I know back in 07 they still had it. I'm wary about buying their sweaters now, but the again I have way too many from this past F/W season. Wait the jacket you bought in 2004, is that the tanker jacket? Just curious because it sounds similar to mine.