This was apparently once a common phrase in the USA, as a result of the poor reputation of the Robert Hall brand, one of the first really mass-produced clothing brands in the country. However I recently came across a Robert Hall suit and it didn't seem too bad at all. Clearly not top quality, but certainly not as bad as some contemporary mass-produced suits, with nice fabric and reasonable construction. And if it's survived over 40 years already, it's certainly stood the test of time. So, was the company unfairly tarnished just for being too popular and successful? Are there any of their products worth picking up in thrift stores etc.? Or will they all just 'fall apart like a Robert Hall suit"? And what other brands today suffer from a similar (undeserved) reputation?