I don't understand a lot of the hate for j.crew...for years now it has been my go to place for cheap shirts and sweaters, really I see the shirts as being a pretty good deal at retail and even better on sale, and considering all the discounts and such most of the shirts can be had for $40-$50. They use a lot of classic patterns and styles (tartans, gingham checks, etc), which places like Banana Repulic simply do not have. I went into a BR the other day and at least 75% of their shirts were the same crappy, multi-colored stripes that resonate with kids who dress up for the club scene. If you don't believe me, I just checked their website too, their "casual shirts" have really gone down in the last few years...its all stripes!http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...y.do?cid=34921
I could see why many would consider an $800 leather jacket from them to be outrageous, but really in the grand scheme of things there are many high end designers who pump out outerwear that is of inferior quality and is yet three times the price. Though I agree that jacket in particular has a pretty nasty color to it. Ive noticed that many times each season, J.crew releases what they refer to as "specialty collectors items", which usually come in the form of $800 jackets or $200 belts, as well as their "collaborative" efforts, such as the $150 Thomas Mason shirts, etc., which is really such a jump from their usually price bases. I know I would never pay that kind of money for a jacket from J.crew simply because I have better options, but for the average mall shopper who is ignorant of any sources outside of the mall, they can really do a lot worse than what J.crew has to offer.