Was in Brooks Bro's yesterday to pick up my blazer and Martin Greenfeld suit (and ended up buying two more of them). I picked up a couple of shirts and repp ties while there. IMHO, you can't really have too much Brooks Bro's in your wardrobe, especially if you work in a fairly conservative environment. Brooks Brothers is safe. Anyway, I've been hearing a lot of talk on here and in Ask Andy about the quality at Brooks Bro's dropping off. Personally, I haven't seen it. I just bought three suits and a blazer, all of which are pretty great quality (especially for the price). The blazer is Loro Piana S120's. 2 suits are Loro Piana S120's and 1 is Zegna S120's (I think, it might be S130's tho). They are all excellent, a nice mix of "American Trad" and Napolean (??). Relaxed shoulders, agressive waist suppression, narrow lapels, etc. When I spoke with the manager, I asked about what I've been hearing about quality dropping off. He said, "We have a new owner who is dedicated to bringing Brooks Bro's to a higher level than you might have seen in the last 5-8 years, we are working now to bring Brooks Bro's to a level of quality which should exceed our traditional competitors by a fairly wide margin." (slightly paraphrased). He told me they are committed to the traditional clientele they have always catered to - the conservative business client. He also said they had no plans on marketing to urban youth or any market other than that which they have built their business on. He guaranteed the quality of my purchases, saying if I was unhappy in the next year I could return it with no questions asked. I don't think that will happen. Here is a pic of the blazer I picked up. It shows the styling of their new Loro Piana blazer line, which I like very much. Personally, I think it is a beautiful blazer, and the fit is stunning. Anyway... any opinions? Anyone wanna chip in and say why they think Brooks Brothers is falling off on quality?
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3/4/05 at 5:40pm