is jos banks crap?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by raley, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. raley

    raley Senior member

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    Someone had linked to their site talking about getting a blazer for a New Year's party, so I thought I would check it out. Their stuff is pretty cheap and the silhouettes really don't look that bad, do they? http://www.josbank.com/IWCatPr....=158395 Gorge height is good, looks like it has a waist, etc. - center vent but you can't win everywhere. Would a suit or sportjacket from here be that bad, in a pinch, for the price?
     


  2. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, it depends on what your definition of crap is, doesn't it?

    Seriously, Jos. A. Bank's stuff is of reasonable quality given their retail price-point. You could do a lot worse.
     


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    alaaro Senior member

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    That was my response about a blazer for New Years. I don't think JosBanks is the nicest out there, but I think it is a decent line for the money. Maybe like a step below Brooks Bros in the world of mail order/website/mall chain clothing.
     


  4. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    From what I've seen of it in my thrift circuit, it is about on par with Brooks Bros. I don't know how the prices compare but I assume they are similar. I got a shawl collar tuxedo from them that fits well, looks good and is constructed reasonably well. It's no Huntsman, but it'll do. Gotta get that center vent closed up, though.
     


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    dah328 Senior member

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    I would say that their stuff is definitely a notch below most Brooks Brothers stuff. The one thing they have going for them is some pretty significant markdowns during their sales. I've purchased two suits there for about $125 each. One served me well as a college interviewing suit. I never wear them anymore since they feel like burlap bags in both cut and material when compared to my better suits.

    dan
     


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    Jos Banks has a reputation as the poor man's Brooks Brothers. I guess that makes me a poor man, because I do have some good, workhorse items from them, including a three button navy suit I picked up for $100, and a navy blazer w/ brass buttons I wear to work all the time. of both jackets. Suitwise, it's all fused, the fabric isn't great, and the styling ranges from really stodgy to unfortunately forward. Should be noted that there's been some loose threads on the buttons on my items. That doesn't mean it's not "worth it" though purists might disagree. I get as many compliments on my navy suit from JaB as a I do on higher price point stuff, varvatos, brooks bros stuff. Ties and shirts are the same as any other at this level, Men's Wearhouse is similar in quality. I don't own any, so this ain't the final word. But: I would never pay full retail at Banks. They have retardedly steep sales all the time. I've also found salesmen can sometimes be negotiated.
     


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    ct2272 Well-Known Member

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    I thought their braces were private labeled Albert Thurston unless that has somehow changed. Not a bad price if that is the case.

    They were advertising Allen Edmonds shoes and selling Johnston and Murphy in the local store near where I live. Their website always has their items on sale and seem nice, although I would pass on their RTW suits. The quality to the price that I look for is not quite there.

    Regards,
    CT
     


  8. raley

    raley Senior member

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    Well on their site they are advertising a sale until Dec. 6 only - do you think that just this sale is until Dec. 6, and that a bigger one is coming on the 7th? [​IMG] Did any of you get your deeply discounted items in store? I think I might try to drive around and find one later on today and see what they have to offer and how they fit on me.
     


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    Well...all I gotta say is....If you can sell that $695 JAB suit at 50% or more off, 95% of the time, and still make money and open new stores as a company, then the suits are probably only worth what you actually paid. They are somehow still making a pretty hefty profit, and I have been told that they are encouraged to discount their stuff. Too promotional for me. Signature and Sig. Gold stuff looks okay, but the others I wouldnt bother.
     


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    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    A friend of mine told me that Jos. Banks has gotten in trouble with the FTC because of their perpetual sales, the reason being that if something's on sale all the time, the price you're paying is the regular price, not the sales price.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I have a couple of their dress shirts picked up on thrift and just bought a pair of sterling Bank cuff links on ebay.

    On the whole, I would certainly put them a notch (or two) below Brooks, but some of their stuff will do. I think you can judge, in part with shoes. They sell Allen Edmonds and below. Brooks (generally) sells Alden and above.
     


  12. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    This is what surprised me when I clicked on the link.....I always thought their stuff was a lot more boxy. They wouldn't have just pinned that sucker in the back to give it some shape for the catalog would they? Sounds unethical, but I have often had my suspicions about some catalog photos (not just JAB, but others as well). But I usually get that feeling when they are showing the item being worn by a model, not as pictured here....
     


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    I hope not, I just bought 4 pairs of silk pants from them 2 months ago.
     


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    They are being investigated by the AGO in NY for price fraud, so the accusation goes.
     


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    housemaidsknee Senior member

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    and whatever you do - don;t give them your email address.  i made that mistake a looong time ago.  i've since got a regular spam stream of 2-3 emails per week.  all useless sale announcements.  one would be hard pressed to find 7 consecutive days of the year when they don;t have a sale.  that said, if you need something dirt cheap, it's wearable at times.  in fact, a little less boxy cut than brooks standard sack i believe.
     


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