adameus wrote:So about how much would I be looking at to get 3 signature line suits with the 3 for 1 deal?
$265 per, or $795. You can do much better than that working the JAB clearance page (although you won't generally get the solid suits that should create the foundation of your wardrobe that way), and better deals do come along once or twice a year, but they're pretty reasonably worth $265.
kalvano wrote:It's more lately than in the past. Their older stuff was great, but in the past couple years it seems like their quality really went downhill. I don't know, maybe I just got some bad batches or something.
I'd argue that they've really just split their line in two. It used to all be pretty middle-of-the-road stuff, somewhere between Macy's stuff and real suits. Now, there's a few lines worth of bunch of cheap crap much worse than their old stuff, and a few lines of stuff that is far nicer than anything they used to carry.
Take the JAB ties. It used to be that JAB's biggest deal was that they had better ties than Brooks Brothers (mainly because BB ties were embarrassingly sucky in quality until the late 90s). Nowadays, however, their Executive line ties have turned to absolute crap (the basic $15 Tie Bar ties are generally a notch better than the "$70" Executive line, and the Tie Bar stuff isn't that good). On the other hand, the last few seasons' Sig Gold ties (the ones in the stores, not online) are really fantastic (I dare say that some of them are worth every cent of their $125 list prices, which is really saying something given that we're talking about JAB here) and still blow up a lot of BB stuff.