Edited by Gerry Nelson - 11/6/12 at 2:50am
Experience does show :).
The question I want to ask you, is whether you think the craftsmanship in the metro cotton is fairly valued at $350 - is it a fair price for the quality of the jacket?
For a novice like myself, it is very hard to workout value in a lot of the fine things in life: clothing, food, wine and furniture, just to name a few. Just like when I watch 'Collectors' on the ABC, an experienced auctioneer can pick up a clock built 60 years ago and say, 'I think a fair value for this clock is $x", where as I wouldn't have a clue at what a reasonable price is for that clock. Having a good sense of value takes years of purchasing experience, which I don't have. I could learn through trial and error, or I could ask someone who does know, politely.
That, and I would be interested in knowing how you wore your jacket and what you wore it with.
Just to add on to the above, that is part of the reason why I use Styleforum. One reason is to see different styles. Another reason is to see which clothing producers are producing quality clothing at a good price. MJ Bale was one spoken quite highly of - good quality at a reasonable price. Henry Carter is another. Yet to try O&J.
I'd love to spend $350 per jacket. I think I would have a good collection by now. I'm stuck with MTM and slow purchases (and it takes so much longer to actually get the product) because of sizing problems, unless I become one of these extreme SF bargain hunters who can snag near-new, perfectly-sized, high-end jackets and trousers on the bay for pennies.
I actually wouldn't mind doing that, but it takes such a long time to learn those skills, and I'm not sure how much suitable stuff would be out there anyway. Being a relative novice doesn't make things any easier, as I know some things (e.g. strong shoulders make me look dumb, most jacket waists are far too big) and I can dress okay with some things I've accumulated, but I don't know all the details that a keen online shopper would need to know.