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What are your opinions of Jos A Bank?

post #1 of 25
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I've somehow been placed on their mailing list and am wondering if a visit to their store is in order. They seem to be like Brooks Brothers, which I was at once time (pre-SF) infatuated with, but post-SF view as well-branded stuffyware. Are your opinions of Jos A Bank similar?

Also, are their suit shoulders heavily built up or more soft?
post #2 of 25
Bank = perpetually on sale. Clothes are kind of dowdy. I'd go to Brooks first, and there's not much I'd buy at Brooks.
post #3 of 25
JAB is what it is which ain't much. Go to Nordstroms and get some Canali on sale
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post #4 of 25
JosABank is the kind of place you can send a non-sartorially inclined friend to go get a business suit and he wont end up looking like a game show host.

Beware of sales, no matter how much it's on sale, it will probably be on sale for more within a few months. Perpetual sales.

I think you can get a suit and an extra pair of trousers for $200 sometimes, which isn't bad. Suits are pretty well padded.

Select stores have higher end suits, trying to move upscale.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by cpadude View Post
I've somehow been placed on their mailing list and am wondering if a visit to their store is in order. They seem to be like Brooks Brothers, which I was at once time (pre-SF) infatuated with, but post-SF view as well-branded stuffyware. Are your opinions of Jos A Bank similar?

Is this really the view of BB around here?
post #6 of 25
Their signature gold suits at discount are a great value. They are half canvassed and can be found for $250 - $450.
post #7 of 25
The only thing that I have ever purchased from them is the signature gold pants and they are great (I got them on sale for $40 in the clearance section of their website; they retail for $200 but I don't think anyone in their right mind would ever pay retail at Jos A Bank). That being said, I would never buy a suit from them unless it was their top of the line on sale for about $200.
post #8 of 25
I'm sure some of their offerings are good values when obtained at severe discounts, and that they are suitable for 99% of the male population. I don't think that many long-term Styleforum members would be interested in a wardrobe full of Jos A Bank, though. What's the point of being a clothes hobbyist if you buy Jos A Bank (which is just a couple steps up from Men's Warehouse in my opinion)?
post #9 of 25
I picked up a few cashmere sweaters last year at $69 that are an excellent value. I wouldn't pay much more than that though
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Soph View Post
JAB is what it is which ain't much. Go to Nordstroms and get some Canali on sale
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+1. Got a good deal on a Canali there last week.
post #11 of 25
JAB doesn't have any sportscoats smaller than 38, and their 38's are attrocious.
post #12 of 25
I had a couple of JAB suits I picked up at a thrift shop for about $6 a piece years ago when I only wore a suit once in a blue moon and needed one or two on hand for contingencies. They were not very comfortable and obviously not very well made, and were very nearly unbearable to wear once I started wearing a suit every day.

The only person to be a stalwart fan of JAB was Kaspar the Friendly Troll in all his various incarnations.
post #13 of 25
I got two SG suits on sale a few years ago for $200 or so each, which I thought was a pretty good deal at the time. They lack a bit of shape for my tastes, though.

I wear them occasionally, especially on days I know I don't have any client meetings and they work well for that.
post #14 of 25
JAB is where you send a firend who is not sartorially obsessed and on a budget to save them from falling into the death pit that is Men's Wearhouse.
post #15 of 25
I think that many of the people who criticize Jos. A. Bank have not actually been in their stores or tried on the garments sold there; but they are rather reacting to things they have heard from friends or co-workers who may not think it is cool to shop at such a conservative minded place.
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