Sorry, but the very mention of J Crew makes my teeth grate. Â It's a physiological reaction. Â I've seen their sweaters and cashmere blazers, and though not my favorite (predictable colors and cuts,) the quality is definitely above that of their mass market competitors - Banana Republic, FCUK (whose quality sucks as a rule,) Club Monaco, etc... But I just really hate mass marketers, with their watering down of designer pieces and homogenization of all things stylish. Â I'll go into Urban Outfitters to look for jeans (they carry a surprising number of brands) but even that makes me want to beat myself over the head.
I agree with the whole concept of mass marketers but I don't see a problem in going to J.Crew to buy basics. Â If the quality is there, why not consider them an option? Â For the more stylish pieces, we can always go elsewhere. Â It would be impossible in my opinion for mass marketers to create truly stylish pieces because their whole business model is to appeal to the masses. Â So dumbing down/watering down is part of the whole business model. Â I don't think the regular guy on the street would be capable of wearing more stylish pieces not because he can't or can't afford it but more like he wouldn't be able to pull off the look. Â Give two guys with the same build/height/color etc. the same clothes only difference being one has a more stylish sense, the look would totally be different. Â Maybe tucking something in a certain way, a tug here, a tug there and the look can become from drab to fab. Â It is true that better brands have a better cut per se but someone that understand style can learn to work things a certain way to achieve that certain look, whether it be clean cut, urban, trucker, grudge, it doesn't matter. Â One more thing I might throw in, since the quality is better, a trusty tailor can always turn it from ordinary to extraordinary.