J. Crew Quality?

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  1. Sartorially Challenged

    Sartorially Challenged Senior member

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    How do J. Crew clothes compare in quality to, say, Charles Tyrwhitt clothing?

    I really like the fit of J. Crew casual shirts (the "tailored fit" lines), and it also has slimfit chinos and jeans available (only online/catalogue). J.Crew carries odd numbered sized pants (e.g. 31, 33, 35), and since I fit between the usually even sizes, I appreciate that also.

    But since I lack expertise, I don't know whether J. Crew uses good quality fabric and decent manufacturing quality. Any comments?
     
  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    J. Crew is what it is. The quality is about what I'd expect for a store of its type. I wouldn't pay retail for much of anything I've seen there, but some of the sales are quite good. I've liked some of their trousers and some of their accessories (knit ties, in particular), while I haven't been impressed at all by their blazers/suits. Their shirts tend to be cut too short for me, but I found some nice linen there not long ago.

    You can find better quality versions of the same stuff J. Crew sells elsewhere, but usually it's accompanied by a corresponding price increase. For casual wear, it's not bad at all. And the stuff I've bought there has, over all, held up well enough.
     
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    lawyerdad Senior member

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    I basically agree with what Doc said. If you like the fit of their stuff, it's certainly wearable. IMHO, better a shirt with ok-quality fabric that fits you well than a shirt with more expensive fabric that doesn't fit well.
    I've had a few pairs of their chinos and shorts. All perfectly fine for casual wear, and from what I could tell well-constructed (that is, they certainly didn't fall apart after a few wearings.)
     
  4. drizzt3117

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    J Crew's cashmere sweaters are fairly good (LP yarn) and I have a blazer from them that I rather like. As far as the shirtings go, I have a couple shirts I got from them because I liked the pattern, and they are certainly not top notch in terms of quality but held up reasonably well.
     
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    Same as others though my experience with J Crew is more limited given they are not in Canada. I do have a few things acquired in the US. My impression is much like Banana Republic, which is to avoid the tailored clothing at all costs but that the casual wear like chinos, polos, sweaters is fine if purchased on sale (it's not worth the full retail they ask for it). I avoid the dress shirts too but have seen some pretty decent fabrics so if you find one that fits well at a good price, it may be worth a shot.
     
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    J crew has a few items that are hard to beat. Their merino V-necks sweaters for 58$ are a steal and I have over a dozen of them in every color they have come out with in the past 2 yrs. I recently got their harris tweed vest and a few cardigan sweaters on sale.

    Suits and sportcoats I'd stay away from and i'm also not a fan of their shirts and ties.

    MrR
     
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    I like most of their offerings (suits/tailored clothes excepted), and I think that at its price point, its pretty hard to beat. The sales are especialy good, and most of everything does go on sale eventually. IMHO, its much better than Banana, Zara, etc.
     
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    Their merino V-necks sweaters for 58$ are a steal and I have over a dozen of them in every color they have come out with in the past 2 yrs.

    I'm wearing one today. They're great, and they make some unusual colors. But I tend to pay around $20, which isn't hard during their sales.
     
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    I can't remember where I read it, but doesn't J. Crew source their materials from other high end mills, etc.? The aforementioned Loro Piano and I believe that Ralph Lauren designed some of their dress shirts a while back. I think there were a few other collaborations, but none of the specific names come to mind (Zegna?). I know they were/are trying to make a move further upscale.

    Having said that, things never fit me properly there. As was previously stated, if you fit their stuff than why not? The ease of having a store that you can go into and buy directly off the rack is pretty terrific. Although I would probably rather spend the $45 on a Jantzen than a J. Crew. [​IMG]
     
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    J crew has a few items that are hard to beat. Their merino V-necks sweaters for 58$ are a steal and I have over a dozen of them in every color they have come out with in the past 2 yrs. I recently got their harris tweed vest and a few cardigan sweaters on sale.

    Suits and sportcoats I'd stay away from and i'm also not a fan of their shirts and ties.

    MrR


    IMO their ties are pretty good, I have a few and they're pretty slick, especially in repp patterns.
     
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    I like most of their offerings (suits/tailored clothes excepted), and I think that at its price point, its pretty hard to beat. The sales are especialy good, and most of everything does go on sale eventually. IMHO, its much better than Banana, Zara, etc.

    J Crew is a totally different aesthetic than Zara, which is hyper trendy, while J Crew is more traditional (if not exactly Brooks Brothers)

    Banana is a bit more trendy and has some more modern styling to its collections, quality is more or less the same IMO except some of the premium J Crew stuff like the LP collabarations are a bit better.
     
  12. Ivan Kipling

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    Their sales are very good. Nine bucks, for a hundred dollar sweater? I've bought some terrific, hand knit sweaters from Crew . . . they're super warm, and practical. Paid no more than twenty dollars, on sale.

    For everyday errand running, on sloppy days especially . . . some of Crew's outerwear, is good. I like their University Coat, with thinsulate: eighty bucks, on sale. It's very, very warm, and I don't care if it gets wrinkled or splashed on; for that price you can buy one every year.

    Last year, just for fun . . . I bought their herringbone tweed coat, at final sale. 70 bucks, plus postage. Retail, 400 dollars. Compared to my Armani Black Label coats, it's like a little dishrag. Biggest complaint, is a stinginess, in the fit. Very, very stingy on the fabric. This of course, is a means to keep the price down. But again, for a hundred bucks, it's a fun little piece to own and wear when I take the bus, or the train, and don't want to soil a fine garment. And, it's warm.
     
  13. seoulfully

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    what about the outerwear at jcrew?

    jcrew 3/4 topcoat

    i know this isn't a terribly unique coat (is anything at jcrew unique really?), but i really want something like this for fall/winter and i figured i might pick it up from the crew if it wasn't terrible wrt fit/quality.

    also, it goes against my hoodie ideology, but i kind of want their 7 gauge cashmere hoodie
     
  14. Ivan Kipling

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    First, I would tell you that personally, I would NEVER pay full price, at Crew. NOT EVER. That's just me, of course . . . at 51, I've become a tightwad, I suppose. But truly, you should wait for the sales. Regarding the coat, if you're between sizes, go up a size. If it's too large, you can have a tailor, do some alterations. Same with the hoodie . . . I'd wait for the sale, and go up a size, if not two. Crew's sweaters are running snug, this year.
     
  15. seoulfully

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    First, I would tell you that personally, I would NEVER pay full price, at Crew. NOT EVER. That's just me, of course . . . at 51, I've become a tightwad, I suppose. But truly, you should wait for the sales. Regarding the coat, if you're between sizes, go up a size. If it's too large, you can have a tailor, do some alterations. Same with the hoodie . . . I'd wait for the sale, and go up a size, if not two. Crew's sweaters are running snug, this year.

    haha, oh yeah, i probably wouldn't (let's put it at 95%) buy retail at jcrew. unless i couldn't find a better substitute (though i don't think it'll be hard to find a 3/4 topcoat this season). and like everyone else, i'm all about the sales at jcrew for the sweaters and such. in fact i picked up 3-4 over the summer. but i do think (as mentioned above) the sweaters are a pretty good deal retail for what you get. even better deal on sale....

    i just need to find a new coat for this season.
     

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