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Best Value Blazers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieselman89, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    I am in the market for several blazers. They will be worn with jeans and khakis. I have found a few companies below and included my thoughts. I would like to gain some insight from other SFers.

    Brooks Brothers
    Price: $448 and up
    Quality is decent. You can occasionally get a good deal on sales. You are mostly paying for brand image. Fabrics can be good but those cost as much as $700+.


    Suit Supply
    Price: $399 and up
    Above average quality fabrics. The fit/sizes are inconsistent. You pay for what you get. A jacket may require $$$ in alterations for appropriate fit.

    J Crew
    Don't bother. These are fused and you are paying outrageous prices.
     
  2. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Anyone have suggestions?
     
  3. Marc Voorhees

    Marc Voorhees Senior member

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    I happen to like the BB Blazers, the harris tweeds are nice and they had a jacket i was considering getting this weekend on sale. at the 448 price point and this weekends sale, it is only 336 +tax. Just my two cents worth
     
  4. Marc Voorhees

    Marc Voorhees Senior member

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    Double post.
     
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  5. Owen Meany

    Owen Meany Senior member

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    I recently purchased a Hickey Freeman staple blue blazer, the quality is high and after $100 in alterations, looks dang good, IMO.. I did purchase it during the Nordstrom Men's Sale for about 35% off its retail, at its full retail ($749) I wouldn't feel as enthusiastic about it....
     
  6. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    i though of getting this for F/W and this for S/S from Yount, until they ran out of my size...
     
  7. Christopher Essex

    Christopher Essex Senior member

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    Me too! I was checking the site (more than once per day), anticipating the addition of the fall blazer and as soon as I realized they were up, it was sold out in my size.

    Hopefully they'll get some more this fall.
     
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    myk7000 Senior member

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    +1 on Hickey Freeman. Got myself a nice one from BB Black Fleece as well on sale for about ~$500
     
  9. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    BB sports coats/blazers aren't great value at full price, but on sale I think they are fairly hard to beat at the price point. Certainly at the 40% off sales if you can wait for them, and probably also at they 25% off sales that come up every couple of months (like the one going on now).

    Not everything at J. Crew is fused. But I haven't purchased any of their odd jackets, so I can't speak to overall quality/value.
     
  10. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Does anyone else have suggestions?
     
  11. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Visited J Crew this week and was really disappointed with the quality of most of their blazers. You get what you pay for at $300. Some are fused, some used lower-end fabrics from good mills like VBC and LP. Overall, there is nothing special about them. Thoughts?
     
  12. mercretas

    mercretas Well-Known Member

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    Be patient, know your measurements, and watch the sales forum here. You can get terrific deals. I've picked up two new RL Polo blazers for $150 and $200.
     
  13. Frankie22

    Frankie22 Senior member

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    What size do you wear?
    I am going to be listing a staple navy sportcoat on BS for cheap.
     
  14. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Jeans and khakis. What exactly are you looking for?
    Is the jacket for the office or for social use?

    BB is a middle aged to old man label.
    IF you're younger, it's very hard to get a stylish look from BB if you're going for 20s and 30s style.
    Stick to a modern design from a slightly more fashion forward label.

    This is actually great advice. No one cares about the label of your jacket.
    I'd rather have a fused jacket that looks and fits great than something SF approved that looks terrible in real life.
    Oh, and you'll save money too.
     
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  15. ap10046

    ap10046 Senior member

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    Check out Charles Tyrwhitt.
     
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    I am DIL Senior member

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    I like how you reaffirmed that your own advice is 'actually great'.
     
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    If you acknowledge that you're "mostly paying for the brand/image," then why are they even in the running? You could order a mtm blazer online for less than that price, and IMO, Brooks Brother is VERY overrated....VERY. The name makes sheepish members think that their products higher quality than most of them actually are. Online from Modern Tailor will cost less and it will look better (unless you fxck up your measurements).
     
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  18. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Just looked the brand up. Are the jackets canvassed or fused? How are the fabrics?
     
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    ap10046 Senior member

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    I have 2 CT blazers and a suit, which is half canvassed.
    The fabrics are nice, of course, it's not going to hold a flame to something from Zegna or similar, but I don't think you can do better for the price. I really like the cut, though. Quite sharp and I would say better than a similar Zegna blazer that I have.
    Are the blazers half canvassed? I don't really know. They do not feel fused, but I can't comment on that.
     
  20. CBrown85

    CBrown85 Senior member

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    My Suit Supply is good for the price- actually really good for the price. I grabbed a blazer from J. Crew while we were in the states last month- it's not bad... better get it on sale, but it found it better than the same product at BB. Both were only half canvassed.
     

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