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Quality of Brooks Brothers and Jos A Bank Slimfit Shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by StyGen, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. unpainted huffheinz

    unpainted huffheinz Well-Known Member

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    I recently ordered a JAB non-iron slim-fit shirt online and promptly returned it. Its yoke was wider than standard-fit Lands End non-iron shirts that I bought when I was 35 pounds heavier. (Both size 16) The Lands End shirts also have a finer, smoother hand. I've looked at the BB slim-fit and not purchased because the arms look baggy. I don't consider something slim-fit if only the shirt's waist is slimmer.

    Land's End makes the trimmest non-iron shirt. Their 15.5 shirts have almost the exact same dimensions as my Barba stuff (the latter are all over the place in cut though). Just don't expect Riva fabrics or grandma style Napoli handwork for $35!
     
  2. Chet Steadman

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    ...Our Traveler system is included in the thread used to weave the fabric before it is built into a shirt....

    Does this mean I can remove the pocket without leaving a permanent mark behind? I've heard that this is a problem with 100% cotton non-iron shirts.
     
  3. mcmillin

    mcmillin Well-Known Member

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    Does this mean I can remove the pocket without leaving a permanent mark behind? I've heard that this is a problem with 100% cotton non-iron shirts.

    hmmm...I am not sure about that. Honestly, I've never had a customer ask for that. I probably wouldn't advise it, because you might still see the needle marks. If I have time soon, I will try it and let you know what the results are...
     
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  4. Chet Steadman

    Chet Steadman Member

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    hmmm...I am not sure about that. Honestly, I've never had a customer ask for that. I probably wouldn't advise it, because you might still see the needle marks. If I have time soon, I will try it and let you know what the results are...

    That would be awesome. I wasn't so much worried about the needle marks but it is a possibility. Here's someone's adventure: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ad.php?t=50444
     
  5. icedmocha

    icedmocha Well-Known Member

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    I may check out the JAB Travellers. I like the BB slim fit cut. Some of the slimmer shirts look too thin IMO.
     
  6. kenquick

    kenquick New Member

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    I am also a fan of the BB shirts and would love to know how people get them for $30 each. I can only seem to find them at retail $80. Please let me know if you have any advice on finding them for less.

    Thanks
    Ken
     
  7. shawnd64

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    I can usually find them for around $40 from a factory store.

    People say that 346 line is crappy... But I think buying a Brooks Brothers 346 shirt for $40 that I wear to work beats a factory store shirt from the gap at $45!

    I see slim fits in the factory all the time, I have three factory story slim fit shirts... All of them btw are the iron shirt... not non-iron!
     
  8. rathebaindc

    rathebaindc Well-Known Member

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    $30? I think you've got to be lucky at the factory store
    $40- all the time at the factory store
    $50 (3 for $150)- twice a year every year at the semi-annual sale
     
  9. sirseitz

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    I currently have a group of shirts from lands end and brooks brothers in my shop for tapering - The side seams on all of the shirts are "glued" or "fused" with tape. they are impossible to take apart and re-create a beautiful flat felled seam. They will have an area just above the arm seam where the alteration will not flow together well.
     
  10. Cuttingboard

    Cuttingboard Well-Known Member

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    My only complaint with the BB shirts is that even the slim-fit is too big and billowy. Do any companies make non-iron in a slimmer fit?

    BB also makes an extra-slim fit. Therefore, they have Traditional, Regular, Slim and Extra-Slim fits for men.
     
  11. jussumguy

    jussumguy Well-Known Member

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    I currently have a group of shirts from lands end and brooks brothers in my shop for tapering - The side seams on all of the shirts are "glued" or "fused" with tape. they are impossible to take apart and re-create a beautiful flat felled seam. They will have an area just above the arm seam where the alteration will not flow together well.

    This is my biggest complaint with my bb non-irons. The side seams are so stiff that they just don't "lay" naturally when tucked in. They scallop in and out like a wave, creating a sloppy silhouette.
     
  12. lovejosabank

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    I love the JOS A BANK traveler line, however, I wish they made an athletic fit traveler shirt.
    The tailored fit is too tight in my shoulders, arms, and chest, and the regular fit is way too
    baggy in the waist. For now I have to buy the regular fit and spend $10 a shirt to have the
    waist taken in. I guess they may not sell enough of the athletic fit to make it worth it.
    I've never tried BB, but I'm about to buy just one to test the waters. I'll let you know.

    rich
     
  13. lovejosabank

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    I also wish Jos A Bank made a tailored or slim fit in big sizes.
    I guess they think everyone who has a big neck has a large
    waist. Not true!
     
  14. lovejosabank

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    The large yoke that Jos Bank and also Stafford shirts have is
    so the shirt doesn't come apart at the seams. It
    makes for a stronger shirt. I like it.
     
  15. JShreve

    JShreve New Member

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    I will second the call for athletic cuts. Even athletic cuts are way too big in the waist and hips. I like the fit of the Stafford shirts the best, though they don't have the best materials. I have a JaB signature tailored fit and I really like the material, but it is much larger than the Stafford athletic of the same size. I just recently started a tour of moderately priced online mtm sites. I've started with the cheaper ones to adjust the shirt dimensions so any early mistakes are relatively cheap. For people with big necks, I need a 17.75 inch collar to not feel like I am slowly choking. mtm really looks like the best choice.
     
  16. Dray

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    Bought a BB slim fit non-iron white shirt last year. Took a while to try it and after a single wash the front shoulder piece seam came completely loose on one side. BB do not offer refund or even replace with a like-for-like shirt if it is washed. To be fair it was a while until I went back to the shop to complain, and by then I no longer had the receipt. Anyway, not a happy experience; once bitten twice shy.
     
  17. informer

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    I have checked with Jos A Banks customer service... they replied that their wrinkle free shirts ARE TREATED WITH FORMALEDHYDE. The rep told me they fall within the PPM limits allowed, and are often less.
     
  18. astrocyte

    astrocyte Well-Known Member

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    Yeah...but what are you going to do? My friend is a scientist and he said that Turnbull and Asser shirts absorb and hold dihydrogen monoxide from the atmosphere and that Charvet shirts are made ENTIRELY from chemicals!
     

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