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post #886 of 1034
I bought one of the heathered cotton shirts during the Christmas sale ($45 or so including shipping) and I thought the quality was fantastic for the price. Sure there are brands I would rather wear, but for an everyday shirt to wear to work (I have a fairly casual office) or a last second item to throw on before heading to the bar, it works great. I have no complaints. I wouldn't buy their chinos or cords, since I expect more out of a pair of pants. But I think for shirts they are fine. I probably wouldn't buy them for purely casual wear though. 
post #887 of 1034
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Originally Posted by applky View Post

What has changed since 2008/9: The quality of their materials and workmanship has declined precipitously. All of my pre-2009 J Crew is made with superior construction and fabrics to everything else I have from them.

This.

Even over the past couple of years, I've seen a decline.

But also, in my view, it's not only been a decline in materials and workmanship. It's also been a decline in aesthetics. There stuff is coming to look more and more generic. Granted, they have never been as innovative as brands like EG, et al, but even a few years ago, they offered things that were a bit distinctive, e.g., the fireman's jacket, even the fatigue jacket.

Now, if you want something that's a bit above the fray, you have to look beyond their main line and pay more for their "other" line, i.e., Wallace and whatever it is.

I've been disappointed with their line for at least a year now. It's prompted me to look in other places I might not have checked before. I'm surprised, actually, to find things I like in line-ups from Orvis and LL Bean.
post #888 of 1034

They have a good amount of new things im interested in. There seems to be an indigo theme going with the new indigo dyed sweats, indigo cpo shirt, japanese denim sport coat etc... They carry SO much product its hard not to see some as generic. But if you really look they have some really unique pieces as great prices. 

post #889 of 1034
Does anyone else find alot of their pictures way too bright/processed?

Im trying to decide which of the pumpkin or dark flannel lightweight chinos I should get...and I honestly can't tell.
Are they so light/bright in real life?
Strangely, its hard to find other pics on google images etc.

Also the nato straps are interesting. Wonder how itd be just as a wrist band. No normal bands fit my skinny wrists, only straps.
https://www.jcrew.com/browse/popup_single_product_detail.jsp?jproduct=13837&imgSrc=https://s7.jcrew.com/is/image/jcrew/13837_SP0665?$pdp_fs418$&isFeatureColor=true
Edited by toshin - 3/25/14 at 7:27am
post #890 of 1034
if anyone is a size SMALL and would like a dark blue selvedge j.crew button up FREE, pls shoot me a PM. i've grown out of it and doubt it would get much on eBay, so if you see yourself putting it to use i'd rather just give it away (provided you pay for shipping).
post #891 of 1034
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Originally Posted by deez nuts View Post

if anyone is a size SMALL and would like a dark blue selvedge j.crew button up FREE, pls shoot me a PM. i've grown out of it and doubt it would get much on eBay, so if you see yourself putting it to use i'd rather just give it away (provided you pay for shipping).
Super kind gesture. I'd take you up but I'll let someone who will wear it more often have a chance.

Kudos to you, friend!
post #892 of 1034
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post

Super kind gesture. I'd take you up but I'll let someone who will wear it more often have a chance.

Kudos to you, friend!

thanks man, i've responded back to the first person to message me. waiting to hear back.
post #893 of 1034
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

This.

Even over the past couple of years, I've seen a decline.

But also, in my view, it's not only been a decline in materials and workmanship .

I have 3 Ludlow dress shirts of the same size, all 3 of them fit very differently from very tight to loose.

for such quality, I amazed at the amount they price the Ludlow shirts
post #894 of 1034


anyone have this sweater? is it good?
post #895 of 1034
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

This.

Even over the past couple of years, I've seen a decline.

But also, in my view, it's not only been a decline in materials and workmanship. It's also been a decline in aesthetics. There stuff is coming to look more and more generic. Granted, they have never been as innovative as brands like EG, et al, but even a few years ago, they offered things that were a bit distinctive, e.g., the fireman's jacket, even the fatigue jacket.

Now, if you want something that's a bit above the fray, you have to look beyond their main line and pay more for their "other" line, i.e., Wallace and whatever it is.

I've been disappointed with their line for at least a year now. It's prompted me to look in other places I might not have checked before. I'm surprised, actually, to find things I like in line-ups from Orvis and LL Bean.

I have been shifting some spending from J Crew to brands like Epaulet and back to RL recently. For example, I've tossed my J Crew OCBD in favor of Epaulet and Brooks Brothers. However, for stuff like the cashmere sweaters, chinos, collaborations, and the Ludlow line, I maintain J Crew is pretty good. I know it is much maligned on this thread, but Ludlow suiting fits me great in 42/34 off the rack, and the suits continually get compliments. Same with the cashmere v-neck and crew neck sweaters; I basically get one or two per season. Wearing "heather oceanfront" and the "heather ruby" along with the grey this spring and getting tons of compliments. For a 30 year old professional guy in a city, the fit and styling tends to be spot on, IMO, at good prices during the 25%-30% sales for cardmembers.
post #896 of 1034
I agree, A. I have Ludlow jackets and suits, and they fit me perfectly and I feel they are somewhat timeless.

And I agree about the sweaters and collabs. There is still good stuff there, and I still shop there. Just seems like I am finding less there that interests me these days.
post #897 of 1034
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

I agree, A. I have Ludlow jackets and suits, and they fit me perfectly and I feel they are somewhat timeless.

And I agree about the sweaters and collabs. There is still good stuff there, and I still shop there. Just seems like I am finding less there that interests me these days.

 

Not sure that most people would agree that the skinny lapels of the Ludlow suit are "timeless." And I say that as the owner of a navy Ludlow suit. I like it, and it fits me well. But I think the skinny lapels will date it soon.

post #898 of 1034
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Originally Posted by masaccio View Post

Not sure that most people would agree that the skinny lapels of the Ludlow suit are "timeless." And I say that as the owner of a navy Ludlow suit. I like it, and it fits me well. But I think the skinny lapels will date it soon.

Yea I agree the skinny lapels are the only thing holding me back from buying more suits since they fit me so well off the rack. The skinny lapels are indeed very fashion forward compared to other mall brands like club monaco whose lapels are more traditional even with a slim fit. At this point I only buy the sport coats at steep discount for work purposes but I can't see myself buying anymore suits since they rarely go on sale.
post #899 of 1034
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Originally Posted by masaccio View Post

Not sure that most people would agree that the skinny lapels of the Ludlow suit are "timeless." And I say that as the owner of a navy Ludlow suit. I like it, and it fits me well. But I think the skinny lapels will date it soon.
Skinny lapel is nothing new. Mods and skinheads have been doing it for decades, along with skinny ties and pants with no break. It just caught fire in the last several years among the general public.

I'm a relatively lean guy and I prefer notch lapel at 2.5 to 3". I will continue to rock this when the trend shifts.
post #900 of 1034
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Originally Posted by arcturuz View Post

I have 3 Ludlow dress shirts of the same size, all 3 of them fit very differently from very tight to loose.

for such quality, I amazed at the amount they price the Ludlow shirts
The Ludlow shirts are absolutely overpriced. Even on sale I don't bother.

I do like their washed shirts and buy at $40 or less. That said, I bought 4 of them last week. 3 fit great as I expected. One of them fits pretty wide. Will need to have my tailor take the width in now. Lol. All are size small in slim cut too. I agree with you in variation.
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