I have to disagree heartily with the OP, Banana Republic has become the epitome of BAD business casual outfits. Every 20 something who wants to look "professional" buys a tacky BR striped shirt, which they have a seemingly endless array of. Five or six years ago the stuff was a bit less tacky, the knits were nicer, but man their stuff is awful. I bought some t-shirts off their website a year ago on a whim and the cotton was seriously worse than the 3 for $5 t-shirts that they sell at wal mart. Why a thread like this gets made is beyond me. Gonna have to agree with that..Banana Republic is solely responsible for the flat-front boot-cut trouser with cheap, scuffed moccasin look. Zissou -- It's BR, so I'm not surprised about your experience with Heritage. Obviously, I've never really had an issue with Heritage, but i should say that I've only really wore there jackets and trousers..