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Discuss Land's End like you did J.Crew

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    In another thread, people debated the pros and cons of JCrew.
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...highlight=crew

    What about Land's End?
    When I was in college, they were synonymous.
    Both were considered expensive and preppy, and the same category of student wore either.

    Are there any articles you particularly like or dislike from Land's End?

    I have a 10 year old barn jacket from Land's End.
    No strong opinion. It's a barn jacket.

    When they have sales, a friend of mine buys $20+ khakis and white dress shirts.
    That seems like a great price for basic staples.
    I think I am going to start treating white shirts as disposables.
    Start cheap and $10 to tailor it. Annually.
     
  2. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    Lands end jeans and khakis fit me really well. wish the material was a little heavier. their dress shirts are just fine. unlike jcrew, which may be more stylish, they offer decent staple clothes at a terrific value.
     
  3. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Land's End was anti-prep.

    I still remember seeing a BD shirt on someone from them back in the day and thinking, WTF?

    I'm not surprised that they are owned by K-Mart now.


    - B
     
  4. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    In another thread, people debated the pros and cons of JCrew.
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...highlight=crew

    What about Land's End?
    When I was in college, they were synonymous.
    Both were considered expensive and preppy, and the same category of student wore either.


    Where the f*ck did you go to college? SUNY? UTEP? I have never associated Lands End with preppy. It's old man clothing. And cheap at that, something old men who can't afford Brooks Bros or other shitty overpriced mall clothing buy.

    I have a couple of shirts from them and it is nothing but a cheap staple. I have cheap staples from Target too. They are nothing to be wistful about. If they fit well, congratulations. If they don't, that's to be expected.
     
  5. bluemagic

    bluemagic Senior member

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    Land's End was anti-prep.

    I still remember seeing a BD shirt on someone from them back in the day and thinking, WTF?

    I'm not surprised that they are owned by K-Mart now.


    - B


    Now Discuss LL Bean like you did Lands' End
     
  6. cardguy

    cardguy Senior member

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    Now Discuss LL Bean like you did Lands' End

    Now sit! Roll over! Goooood iGent.
     
  7. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Now Discuss LL Bean like you did Lands' End

    Now you make me tearful. Meanie.


    - B
     
  8. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    The more apt title would be:

    Discuss Land's End like you if owned some.
     
  9. PatriotsFan

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    From my experience, I've found LE to be an overall better choice with regards to value and fitment for most items purchased when compared with my purchases from Jcrew.

    As an example, their button down oxfords in a tailored fit are great staples to my business casual wardrobe as they can be bought for as low as $25/each. I also found LE sweaters to pretty good quality with pretty good fitment as well. While there aren't many stylish jackets available in the regular LE store, I did find the canvas barn jacket to fit slimmer than I expected (this has become my main casual jacket)

    I'm still partial to their chinos and jeans....as both are cut oddly in both the traditional and tailored fits (the tailored fit's rise and hips are cut too small, while the traditional fit's thighs and leg openings are too big). I also think the quality of the LE chinos are inferior to Jcrew's twill Bowery pants.
     
  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Haters gonna hate. Some of the stuff isn't bad at all.

    That said, most Lands' End dress shirts are low end. Kmart quality. There, I said it. People, particularly over at Andy's, try to position them as comparable to Brooks'. They're not, in no way. They are, however, cheap.

    Things I've bought and liked from LE:
    Knit ties: As good as any. I can't tell much difference in my cheapest knits and my expensive ones. I wear knits from J. Crew, Polo, and LE more than I wear my Charvets. It all comes down to color.

    Portuguese flannel shirts: Three of my favorite casual flannel shirts came from LE. The tattersalls are softer and fuzzier than my Barbours, though they cost much less. And they've worn extremely well.

    Trim-fit cords: Batting above their weight with these. Though, sadly, I haven't seen any in this year's offerings.

    Cord sportcoat: Bought one just this fall and really dig it. Unstructured, easy to wear. Flapped pockets with buttons, even on the breast. Don't see that often.

    Some of the shoes. LE has offered some surprisingly nice shoes, with some made in England snapped up by members here.

    LE, much like J. Crew, is hit or miss. You can end up in comically baggy khakis and a scratchy shirt if you're not careful. But the return policy can't be beat, and free shipping coupons abound, so there's not much risk.

    Overall, I like quite a bit of LE's casual clothing, not so much its dressier stuff. But for folks on a budget, it's generally good value.
     
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  11. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    ^^ Long post for you.


    - B
     
  12. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^^ Long post for you.

    Nah, you just don't usually hang out in these parts.
     
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    Haters gonna hate. Some of the stuff isn't bad at all.

    That said, most Lands' End dress shirts are low end. Kmart quality. There, I said it. People, particularly over at Andy's, try to position them as comparable to Brooks'. They're not, in no way. They are, however, cheap.

    Things I've bought and liked from LE:
    Knit ties: As good as any. I can't tell much difference in my cheapest knits and my expensive ones. I wear knits from J. Crew, Polo, and LE more than I wear my Charvets. It all comes down to color.

    Portuguese flannel shirts: Three of my favorite casual flannel shirts came from LE. The tattersalls are softer and fuzzier than my Barbours, though they cost much less. And they've worn extremely well.

    Trim-fit cords: Batting above their weight with these. Though, sadly, I haven't seen any in this year's offerings.

    Cord sportcoat: Bought one just this fall and really dig it. Unstructured, easy to wear. Flapped pockets with buttons, even on the breast. Don't see that often.

    Some of the shoes. LE has offered some surprisingly nice shoes, with some made in England snapped up by members here.

    LE, much like J. Crew, is hit or miss. You can end up in comically baggy khakis and a scratchy shirt if you're not careful. But the return policy can't be beat, and free shipping coupons abound, so there's not much risk.

    Overall, I like quite a bit of LE's casual clothing, not so much its dressier stuff. But for folks on a budget, it's generally good value.



    I have bought a lot of stuff from them. Their trunk underpants are fantastic value and no longer available at a similar price Down Under since the demise of Gowings. Their shirts are pretty ordinary. Their shorts are great on sale. The driving moccasins are first class. I bought some of their Irish linen suits a few years ago and they are still going strong and were well made in Nicaragua.
     
  15. J. Cogburn

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    I bought a couple of cashmere sweaters from them at $150 ea. while online. I realized I wasn't going to get top quality going in, buy hey, I need a couple of thin sweaters so what the heck. I got what I paid for - low quality cashmere. I was not wild about the sizing however. The mediums were too short in the arms and body for me. I returned them for larges, but they were too long in the body and baggy to boot. There was no happy middle ground.
     
  16. BB1

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    Lands End is awful. The comparisons here to K-Mart (whom owns them) are not far off. The clothing is designed to match the bland generic tastes of the average overweight baby boomer whom fancies himself to be a rugged individualist.

    You can see this in the outdoor themes companies like LL Bean and Lands End like to promote in their advertising and designs. Likewise there was even a special edition of the subaru forester released a couple years ago labeled the "LL Bean Edition", suggesting rugged 4x4 traction and Bean somehow re-enforce each other in customer's minds.
     
  17. Wes Bourne

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    That said, Lands' End dress shirts are low end. Kmart quality. There, I said it. People, particularly over at Andy's, try to position them as comparable to Brooks'. They're not, in no way. They are, however, cheap.

    My recent experience with LE shirts is quite different. After reading the Trad's blind oxford tasting, I ordered a Tailored Fit Hyde Park ocbd and was very pleased with the purchase. Most noticeable differences with BB's Slim Fit Supima ocbd are slightly shorter collar points and a bit lighter weigth fabric, both which I don't mind.

    I subsequently picked up a couple of their (must iron) Tailored Fit cotton Paintbrush shirts. Imo, those actually surpass BB's regular (must iron) cotton shirt offerings (excluding Golden Fleece and Luxury shirts). My shirts also displayed surprisingly good pattern matching. And fwiw, back yoke is split and mitered. I think if you compare similar shirts by both brands, LE is either pretty damn close to BB or better. Definitely a better value than BB, if that matters. There, I said it.
     
  18. DocHolliday

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    My recent experience with LE shirts is quite different. After reading the Trad's blind oxford tasting, I ordered a Tailored Fit Hyde Park ocbd and was very pleased with the purchase. Most noticeable differences with BB's Slim Fit Supima ocbd are slightly shorter collar points and a bit lighter weigth fabric, both which I don't mind.

    I subsequently picked up a couple of their (must iron) Tailored Fit cotton Paintbrush shirts. Imo, those actually surpass BB's regular (must iron) cotton shirt offerings (excluding Golden Fleece and Luxury shirts). My shirts also displayed surprisingly good pattern matching. And fwiw, back yoke is split and mitered. I think if you compare similar shirts by both brands, LE is either pretty damn close to BB or better. Definitely a better value than BB, if that matters. There, I said it.


    I have not tried all of them, of course, but the ones I have seen have felt cheap. Even ordered one of their "luxury" shirts once, liking the pattern, but returned it without hesitation. Perhaps there are better, but nothing I've seen has inspired me to continue testing the waters.
     
  19. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Funny, my opinion on the LE shirts lines up exactly with Boyer's. That guy is [​IMG]
     
  20. Green Lantern

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    Are we talking the "Lands End Canvas" stuff? Or educate me if the Canvas Line isn't any different.
     

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