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J A Bank Traveler's Crease?

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Just order a pair of wool gaberdine pants from J A Banks. Manager asked if I would like to add the traveler's crease option to hold the crease. I said "why not" without even thinking about it. Did this yesterday; may not be too late to change my mind if I need to. Is this a good or bad thing to do to the trousers? Did a search; someone asked about the JAB method, but no one answered his question. What should I do?
post #2 of 11
Leave it there.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by john parker View Post
Just order a pair of wool gaberdine pants from J A Banks. Manager asked if I would like to add the traveler's crease option to hold the crease. I said "why not" without even thinking about it. Did this yesterday; may not be too late to change my mind if I need to. Is this a good or bad thing to do to the trousers? Did a search; someone asked about the JAB method, but no one answered his question. What should I do?

It's not just a JAB thing, they do work for several mens clothing places. Nothing wrong with the crease, don't worry about it
post #4 of 11
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Sorry gentlemen! Do you mean to have it done or not to have it done? I honestly don't know what the procedure involves, and do not know if there are positives or negatives to it.
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Originally Posted by john parker View Post
Sorry gentlemen! Do you mean to have it done or not to have it done? I honestly don't know what the procedure involves, and do not know if there are positives or negatives to it.

We mean do it.

Positives: crease stays more sharp

Negatives: $8
post #6 of 11
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Great! Sincerely appreciate the advice!
post #7 of 11
It involves something pressed into the fabric- silicone I think- just along the crease, which holds it in place somehow. If you like a sharp crease and don't anticipate that changing, I can't see any negatives.
post #8 of 11
Here is how it works. They press the pants, turn them inside out, put them on some type of fixture and run a small bead of silicone caulking along the crease. Yes, the same stuff you seal a bathtub with.
It basically hot glues the sides of the crease together. The problem is, if the silicone caulking gets squeezed through the fabric when they put it back on the hanger, it shows as a shines spot along the the crease. They ruined two of my three suits with this process. I was able to get most of it out of the third suit and they replaced the two they ruined. It just cost me two extra days of suit buying.
It is great if an artificially sharp crease appeals to you (imagine a security guard uniform) but not something you should ever do to a suit that you want to look classy or professional wearing. This is for bachelors who don't know any better or those who wear cheap scuffed shoes with there suits.
In summary, it is an up sell, it can ruin your suit pants, it makes a good wool fabric look like a pressed in polyester suit crease and, you should stay away from it. Oh, one more thing I learned, you need to be extra careful at the dry cleaner. If they press the suit with any varied crease from the traveler crease, it looks terrible and has to be redone. I.e. more wasted time.
To be clear, I researched the suit fabric and tailoring and will continue to shop at Jos A Bank as my primary clothier.
post #9 of 11
I have several pairs of trousers and one JAB suit, that have the "traveler's crease". I have had no issue whatsoever with it, and with dry cleaning/pressing of the same.
post #10 of 11
also if your pants don't fit right and you have that crease put in, and want more alterations after the fact, ie you realize it's baggy and you want it slimmed the crease will be crooked and look funny
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Originally Posted by Big T View Post

I have several pairs of trousers and one JAB suit, that have the "traveler's crease". I have had no issue whatsoever with it, and with dry cleaning/pressing of the same.

 

Years ago, I tried The Crease on a pair of pants that I bought there. Like you, I never had a problem with it, but I also never noticed a benefit. Pants that don't have The Crease look just as crisp as the pair that does. IMO, it's just another retail add-on tactic. I wouldn't be surprised if a store's performance rating is partially based on the number of Creases that it sells. I wouldn't waste my money on it. They rely on easy hits, like OP, who don't take a second to think it over or just don't want to say "no."

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