Originally Posted by jack london
Fabrics, buttons and stitching - all diminished in quality over the last few years.
It's a real shame how profit always trumps integrity in the end, I used to love EG.
Buttons are just as prone to come off as they've always been and fabrics and stitching pretty much the same. Haven't seen much difference. Triple stitch on the workshirts are still there, stitiching on the fatigue pants are holding up in the recent versions, etc. Only complaint I've seen here was for the fatigue pants from this season that ripped? Most of the time when there's defects it seems that they were interesting materials that weren't fatigue tested for strength, which is what likely led to the ripped fatigue pants. Can't say if that's a reduction in quality because the fabric itself is pretty nice, probably not cheap, but just the wrong one for this application.
Only thing I can say is that the cost of manufacturing in the US has certainly increased over time and I know that they don't want to increase the selling price much, so they will leave out some features to keep the selling price lower than it would have been. For example, the shawl collar cinch vests used to have buttoned inside pockets, but they haven't been there in the past 2-3 years. Otherwise the main features are still there, the shape, the shawl, the buttons, the cinch, etc.