Does anyone own a Jos A Banks Signature Evening Suit?

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  1. knezz

    knezz Senior member

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    I’m considering purchasing an Evening Suit from Jos A Banks. The suit I’m interested in is the Signature Peak –Lapel (Item 6775). I’m going after this suit as it has quite a few things that I’m looking for in an evening suite.

    Positives
    It grosgrain trim which I think is very classy.
    It is light wool
    It has peaked lapels
    It is “one button”.

    Negatives:
    I don’t think the pockets are grosgrain trimmed – I can’t tell from the picture.
    It has one center vent. Has anyone had a vent stitched and how did it turn out?
    If you own one – what do you think about the quality and material?

    If you know of any other vendors who are selling an evening suite with these features for $450.00 max
    Peak lapel, Grosgrain trim, 1 button, No vents, Black, Wool, Fully lined, pants lined to the knee and pants pleats please point me.

    Regards,
    K. Nezz
     


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    ATM Senior member

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    I purchased a one button peak lapel tuxedo from Jos A Bank last year. I think it is the same one but they might have changed it. Mine has grosgrain trim on the pockets and no vent. I'm not enough of an expert to comment on the quality.

    The description at this link: http://www.josbank.com/webapp/wcs/st...1_10050_101786 says it is unvented.
     


  3. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    A tailor can easily close a single vent. The quality of JAB fabrics and construction is very poor. I have seen them pill and develop shiny patches after very few wearings. I would consider pretty much any jacket from JAB a throwaway item. If I had a $450 budget for a dinner suit, I would be looking in the Buying and Selling forum and at other discounters for a quality tuxedo that was either a closeout, overstock, lightly worn, etc.
     


  4. knezz

    knezz Senior member

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    I purchased a one button peak lapel tuxedo from Jos A Bank last year. I think it is the same one but they might have changed it. Mine has grosgrain trim on the pockets and no vent. I'm not enough of an expert to comment on the quality.

    The description at this link: http://www.josbank.com/webapp/wcs/st...1_10050_101786 says it is unvented.


    That is the evening suit I'm refering to.

    How many times have you worn it?

    Do you like the way it hangs?

    Would you recommend it?

    I did go to another JAB and found it without the vent

    Regards,
    K. Nezz
     


  5. knezz

    knezz Senior member

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    A tailor can easily close a single vent. The quality of JAB fabrics and construction is very poor. I have seen them pill and develop shiny patches after very few wearings. I would consider pretty much any jacket from JAB a throwaway item. If I had a $450 budget for a dinner suit, I would be looking in the Buying and Selling forum and at other discounters for a quality tuxedo that was either a closeout, overstock, lightly worn, etc.

    Any suggestions on forums or other locations (i.e. internet stores)? As I can't see the items I would need recommendations on designer(s) and specific models? I was leery of online shops as I won't have the chance to view the item prior to purchasing (but upon a number of referrals I would give it a try).

    FYI... I asked the question about the difference between rentals and retail evening suits and was told that because of the thickness of the rental suits (need to be thick as they need to be cleaned at an extremely high heat and are cleaned often). Because of the thickness they won't rest as well as thinner retail suits.

    Thanks in advance for any sugestions!!!

    Regards,
    K. Nezz
     


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    ATM Senior member

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    That is the evening suit I'm refering to.

    How many times have you worn it?

    Do you like the way it hangs?

    Would you recommend it?

    I did go to another JAB and found it without the vent

    Regards,
    K. Nezz


    I've only worn it once so I can't comment on how it will hold up over time. If you aren't in a hurry, you should probably follow dah's advice above and look at other options. I bought because it had the particular features I wanted (grosgrain, sb, peak lapel) and I was short on time. Also, the price at the time was dropped to about $300.
     


  7. knezz

    knezz Senior member

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    I've only worn it once so I can't comment on how it will hold up over time. If you aren't in a hurry, you should probably follow dah's advice above and look at other options. I bought because it had the particular features I wanted (grosgrain, sb, peak lapel) and I was short on time. Also, the price at the time was dropped to about $300.

    The price will drop to about that in a week or so (the salesperson gave me inside info).

    How did it fit and feel on you so far?

    Regards.
     


  8. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Frankly, I would rather wear a rented tux for $100 than anything that could be purchased new for $450. It's just not going to be anywhere near quality. Ebay used to be an option for finding good deals, but it is increasingly difficult to find deals there these days.

    You're essentially asking where you can find a good quality tux for a very low price with little lead time and the answer is almost certainly nowhere. You'll have to compromise on at least one of your lead time, cost, or quality criteria.
     


  9. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    dont get it.
    it will be half a grand of cold hard cash of your hard work to waste, i guarantee it.
     


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    Frankly, I would rather wear a rented tux for $100 than anything that could be purchased new for $450. It's just not going to be anywhere near quality. Ebay used to be an option for finding good deals, but it is increasingly difficult to find deals there these days.

    You're essentially asking where you can find a good quality tux for a very low price with little lead time and the answer is almost certainly nowhere. You'll have to compromise on at least one of your lead time, cost, or quality criteria.


    I don't see how this tux would be any worse if not better than a rental tux, quality wise. Rentals quality is awful. Plus they are always really baggy. At least you can alter your own tux. Also, all of the tuxes that I have ever rented have been nowhere near $100.
     


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    Yeah, but at least you'd have $350 left over.
     


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    dont get it.
    it will be half a grand of cold hard cash of your hard work to waste, i guarantee it.


    lulz George Zimmer.
     


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    A tailor can easily close a single vent. The quality of JAB fabrics and construction is very poor. I have seen them pill and develop shiny patches after very few wearings. I would consider pretty much any jacket from JAB a throwaway item. If I had a $450 budget for a dinner suit, I would be looking in the Buying and Selling forum and at other discounters for a quality tuxedo that was either a closeout, overstock, lightly worn, etc.

    JAB Signature Gold suits seem like very decent value for the money at 70% off. I got one for my boy a while back, and he seems very happy with it.

    If I were a good RTW fit and needed a tuxedo (I'm not and I don't), I would seriously consider the JAB DB or SB peak lapel tux.
     


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