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banana republic vs jcrew

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by randomkoreandude, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. xxxamazexxx

    xxxamazexxx Senior member

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    In term of quality J Crew can't be said to be 'better' than BR. It's more exciting, especially to the younger crowd, with all the right colors and silhouettes jumping at you but when you actually put your hands on their clothes it's pretty appalling. You can't judge quality by aesthetic or by how many people prefer the brand.

    IMO, BR's quality is just slightly better (and again, not all items apply), and they know their place. No crazy markup, no exaggeration, more sales (which raise the value point). Occasionally they have something off the hook like the Mad Men collection, which is a true collaboration rather than just stamping the brand on a Baracuta G9 or giving Vans a different shoe lace for 'collaboration.'
     
  2. LEgoiste

    LEgoiste Senior member

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    I hate ironing clothes. Therefore, I prefer BR's wide variety of non-iron slim and tailored shirts and cotton pants over JC's.

    Although, recently I've seen a decline in BR's quality -- such as using nylon and other low quality synthetic fabrics in their sweaters; whereas before they used mostly 100% cotton/wool/cashmere.
     
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  3. UTfootball747

    UTfootball747 Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree. A friend turned me on to J. Crew about a year or so ago (proclaiming it superior to BR). I thought he was on to something for a while, but that was largely based on the image they promote: far less sales, higher prices, all the "collaborations," etc. Then I purchased some clothing. I've had problems with stuff from BR, no question -- but a lot of J. Crew's products just strike me as very poor quality. I had to contact corporate to return several pairs of chinos after noticing loose seams after only about three months of wear. Now I check out the sale items when there's a discount code to add on top of them, but that's about it (and of course BR offers discounts practically every day, so I would probably never buy anything that wasn't 40% off).
     
  4. BLAUGRANA

    BLAUGRANA Senior member

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    Funny thing thinking back to this thread and the discounts discussion. J. Crew has/just had 40% off sale items, something BR did the week before. As I said in the past, J. Crew's sales have steadily increased and they follow what the other does (as well as other competitors) when it comes to promotions.

    Not much at either place for me of late. BR did have a pretty nice navy wool suit on sale for about... just under $200. Originally about $525. Their W's sale had some great stuff and ridiculous prices too.
     
  5. UTfootball747

    UTfootball747 Well-Known Member

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    On that note, BR has 45% off 3+ items today, including suit separates.
     
  6. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    Just discovered this thread. My fiancee is a big fan of BR, and has bought me several (casual) items from there as gifts. I don't know if I'd ever buy suits or business clothing from BR, but I don't mind their casual shirts, tees, polos, etc. Their stuff tends to fit me pretty well, and isn't too over-the-top or fashion-forward.

    I don't have as much experience with JC, but my understanding is that their prices are noticeably higher in Canada than the U.S. (which is something that we Canucks face all the time, even when our currency was above par).

    I agree that the long-term BR quality isn't fantastic, but if you wait for one of their frequent 40% sales, it can be a decent value.
     
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  7. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    I admit I really like J Crew for certain items. Sweaters (cotton-cashmere), T-shirts, long sleeves, and chinos are great from them. Always buy on sale though.

    All that said, I would never buy a suit from them. They are horribly overpriced (even on sale) and poorly constructed. I also don't care for the thin lapel and shorter jacket style they push.
     
  8. svelten

    svelten Senior member

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    I've always liked BR a bit more than J.Crew. Stores always "felt" more premium and upscale, luxurious at an affordable price. J.Crew panders too much to SW&D crowd, trying to look too "hip" and "modern". If you know what you are doing you can look reasonably sharp shopping at BR. The shirts and suits there are very ill-fitting admittedly, but their knits and trousers are fine. Fashion doesn't have to be a science of A>B.
     

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