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The Ascendancy of J. Crew - all good?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TCN, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. TCN

    TCN Well-Known Member

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    I assume that what Americans call Swiss cheese is your favorite dairy product?


    - B


    Only when melted over a dead horse.
     
  2. Don Carlos

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    I don't understand how J. Crew's bringing quality makers into the mainstream and simultaneously upping its own standards can possibly be a bad thing. Honestly, to the folks complaining about the "mainstreamization" of labels like Alden or Thomas Mason, who cares? Does some average schmuck's wearing of a quality item somehow diminish the quality of yours?

    I feel like I'm reading a rant on Pitchfork about how some obscure band "sold out" because more than 12 people now know about its existence.
     
  3. TCN

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    I don't understand how J. Crew's bringing quality makers into the mainstream and simultaneously upping its own standards can possibly be a bad thing. Honestly, to the folks complaining about the "mainstreamization" of labels like Alden or Thomas Mason, who cares? Does some average schmuck's wearing of a quality item somehow diminish the quality of yours?

    I feel like I'm reading a rant on Pitchfork about how some obscure band "sold out" because more than 12 people now know about its existence.


    So you don't see the fun in the question I take it? Perhaps tomorrow would be a better day to ask?
     
  4. butterflystyle

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    So you don't see the fun in the question I take it? Perhaps tomorrow would be a better day to ask?

    You're presupposing that there was fun to be seen.
     
  5. TCN

    TCN Well-Known Member

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    You're presupposing that there was fun to be seen.

    Was this to kick me or fellate the others? Either way, thank you.
     
  6. butterflystyle

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    Was this to kick me or fellate the others? Either way, thank you.

    I'm under the impression that the true fun is in doing both simultaneously whilst someone else films to proceedings.
     
  7. Parker

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    Time to give up all those douche-y high-end labels and get back to basics.
     
  8. TCN

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    I'm under the impression that the true fun is in doing both simultaneously whilst someone else films to proceedings.

    Well that's where the money is.
     
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    J. Crew is my favorite mainstream store especially for certain sweaters.
     
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    J. Crew is my favorite mainstream store especially for certain sweaters.

    A few years back when they made a big deal about their Loro Piana cashmere sweaters, I bought a few and wasn't thrilled with them. Lots of pilling.
     
  11. butterflystyle

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    I love me some J Crew. I have to wear tall, which REALLY limits my options, they are one of the few stores that speaks to my preppy aesthetic without being foppish. I would love if it VV made clothes in tall, but unfortunately they do not. Not that J Crews label partners will produce anything in a tall, but if the ethos of moving upmarket provides a source or high quality clothing in tall that's not also big, then bring it on.
     
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    I love me some J Crew. I have to wear tall, which REALLY limits my options, they are one of the few stores that speaks to my preppy aesthetic without being foppish. I would love if it VV made clothes in tall, but unfortunately they do not. Not that J Crews label partners will produce anything in a tall, but if the ethos of moving upmarket provides a source or high quality clothing in tall that's not also big, then bring it on.

    Shoes too? One of my partners is 6'5" and wears a size 15 shoe. He actually uses Russell Moc. (a J crew partner - and a really neat place if you're ever in that part of the world) for less expensive "custom" casual shoes.
     
  13. butterflystyle

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    Shoes too? One of my partners is 6'5" and wears a size 15 shoe. He actually uses Russell Moc. (a J crew partner - and a really neat place if you're ever in that part of the world) for less expensive "custom" casual shoes.

    Thank god I can wear regular shoes, I wear a 12/12.5D, I am just 6'3" and it's ALL torso which is kind of unfortunate (I have a 34" inseam).

    This conversation just took a very intimate, and not totally unwelcome turn.
     
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    Thank god I can wear regular shoes, I wear a 12/12.5D, I am just 6'3" and it's ALL torso which is kind of unfortunate (I have a 34" inseam).

    This conversation just took a very intimate, and not totally unwelcome turn.


    Would you like to come up and see my etchings? ;-)

    Count yourself lucky, the shoe thing is brutal from what I've seen.
     
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    Would you like to come up and see my etchings? ;-)

    Count yourself lucky, the shoe thing is brutal from what I've seen.


    Eddie Izzard reference? Nice.
     
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    I like them, but I liked them better when they were quirky. I still have a pair of reversible shorts and a reversible sweatshirt from maybe 1990.
     
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    I too remember ordering stuff from the J Crew catalogs in the late 80's and I like a lot of what J Crew is doing and selling these days.

    I just worry that since a lot of what they are selling is quite similar to stuff I already own I will be typecast as just being a J Crew wannabe and when this trend ends, as it inevitably will, people will assume I'm still stuck in a J Crew mold.

    Then again, I'm still a bigger fan of Brooks Brothers and LL Bean.
     
  18. JayJay

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    I like what J.Crew is doing but I wonder if this will be successful for them.
     
  19. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Well-Known Member

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    After reading this I realize that J Crew must be stopped AT. ALL COSTS. And there is only one way to do it.. grab your pitchforks and meet me at the nearest locations....
     
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    If you guys are worried about this degrading the exclusivity of your brands, you need to find more exclusive brands. [​IMG] I could buy any of these things from a handful of shops within a couple miles of my house, barring maybe the Belstaff, and I don't live in a good city for shopping (referring to DC right now, not London). It's supposed to be about style anyway, not brand.
     

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