I don't understand how people can get their panties all in a twist over a brand that has risen in popularity over the past 3 or 4 years.
[*] Wallace & Barnes line - deceivingly positioned as a collaborative line
Deceiving us? They have always said it's their brand?
[*] Deceptive item photos - metal clips to make garment seem more 'tailored' than it really is
I bet there is not a single company that is as big as J.Crew or bigger that doesn't doctor their clothes to make them look good.
[*] Blatantly raising item prices once they get popular (Chippewa boots)
It's called supply and demand. It's annoying sometimes but you have to realize that they are a company, they have investors, and if it's no longer worth it to buy that product, someone else will.
[*] Product copy w/ airs/pretenses of luxury (eg, "We source our leather from... bla bla bla)
So it's a bad thing for a company to highlight the fact that they are using fabrics from family owned companies? Why would they pay more to use something that their buyers would appreciate and then completely sweep it under the rug?
[*] Bad-faith marketing - "Hurry! 20% Off One More Day Only" - Then, the next day, it's 25% off
Again, show me another company that doesn't have more than one sale. What do you think they do with the stuff they don't sell in the first round of sales? Burn it?
[*] Tasteless pandering to clueless middle American men - "10 Tips to Dress Up Casual Fridays"
You answered your own question, they are trying to help america's clueless men into dressing better. I guess you need to explain to me why this is bad again.
[*] STEALS designs from other brands (off the top of my head, eg, Gitman Bros; Wings + Horns; CDW)
haha, when J.Crew comes out with a design, it has probably been on the design table for around 2 years or so. So when they come out with something the same season as another brand it's just a fluke of all the designers. Plus all of J.Crew designers probably worked at smaller design houses like Gitman so they are all thinking the same thing.
I think you are just looking for things to be upset with about J.Crew. They are a huge company so they can't possible operate the same way that smaller companies that I am sure you like better. I think you are forgetting that they are a mall brand, and for that they are worlds better than anything else out there.