What are your opinions of Jos A Bank?

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  1. cpadude

    cpadude Active Member

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    I've somehow been placed on their mailing list and am wondering if a visit to their store is in order. They seem to be like Brooks Brothers, which I was at once time (pre-SF) infatuated with, but post-SF view as well-branded stuffyware. Are your opinions of Jos A Bank similar?

    Also, are their suit shoulders heavily built up or more soft?
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bank = perpetually on sale. Clothes are kind of dowdy. I'd go to Brooks first, and there's not much I'd buy at Brooks.
     
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    Soph Senior member

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    JAB is what it is which ain't much. Go to Nordstroms and get some Canali on sale
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    JosABank is the kind of place you can send a non-sartorially inclined friend to go get a business suit and he wont end up looking like a game show host.

    Beware of sales, no matter how much it's on sale, it will probably be on sale for more within a few months. Perpetual sales.

    I think you can get a suit and an extra pair of trousers for $200 sometimes, which isn't bad. Suits are pretty well padded.

    Select stores have higher end suits, trying to move upscale.
     
  5. ruben

    ruben Senior member

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    I've somehow been placed on their mailing list and am wondering if a visit to their store is in order. They seem to be like Brooks Brothers, which I was at once time (pre-SF) infatuated with, but post-SF view as well-branded stuffyware. Are your opinions of Jos A Bank similar?

    Is this really the view of BB around here?
     
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    taxgenius Senior member

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    Their signature gold suits at discount are a great value. They are half canvassed and can be found for $250 - $450.
     
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    NOLA1 Senior member

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    The only thing that I have ever purchased from them is the signature gold pants and they are great (I got them on sale for $40 in the clearance section of their website; they retail for $200 but I don't think anyone in their right mind would ever pay retail at Jos A Bank). That being said, I would never buy a suit from them unless it was their top of the line on sale for about $200.
     
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    bslo Senior member

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    I'm sure some of their offerings are good values when obtained at severe discounts, and that they are suitable for 99% of the male population. I don't think that many long-term Styleforum members would be interested in a wardrobe full of Jos A Bank, though. What's the point of being a clothes hobbyist if you buy Jos A Bank (which is just a couple steps up from Men's Warehouse in my opinion)?
     
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    TomW Senior member

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    I picked up a few cashmere sweaters last year at $69 that are an excellent value. I wouldn't pay much more than that though
     
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    awcollin Well-Known Member

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    JAB is what it is which ain't much. Go to Nordstroms and get some Canali on sale
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    +1. Got a good deal on a Canali there last week.
     
  11. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    JAB doesn't have any sportscoats smaller than 38, and their 38's are attrocious.
     
  12. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    I had a couple of JAB suits I picked up at a thrift shop for about $6 a piece years ago when I only wore a suit once in a blue moon and needed one or two on hand for contingencies. They were not very comfortable and obviously not very well made, and were very nearly unbearable to wear once I started wearing a suit every day.

    The only person to be a stalwart fan of JAB was Kaspar the Friendly Troll in all his various incarnations.
     
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    jdldore Well-Known Member

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    I got two SG suits on sale a few years ago for $200 or so each, which I thought was a pretty good deal at the time. They lack a bit of shape for my tastes, though.

    I wear them occasionally, especially on days I know I don't have any client meetings and they work well for that.
     
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    MrDaniels Senior member

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    JAB is where you send a firend who is not sartorially obsessed and on a budget to save them from falling into the death pit that is Men's Wearhouse.
     
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    Joseph K. Bank Senior member

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    I think that many of the people who criticize Jos. A. Bank have not actually been in their stores or tried on the garments sold there; but they are rather reacting to things they have heard from friends or co-workers who may not think it is cool to shop at such a conservative minded place.
     

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