12/20/08

Hey guys what is your opinion on Joseph A Bank for Suits. They are having this sale in my area where you get 50-60% off on all suits and I plan to clean up (planning to get like 3 suits this Christmas season for work). My friends recommend them and their suits do look professional. From your opinion how long do they usually last (Looking to at least 3-5 years while wearing each suit at least once a week) and do you think they are presentable if I say were to meet with clients. Thanks in advance.

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12/20/08

I have a few and they are good for the price. They dont use the highest grade wool so stay basic in your choices. I dont wear suits anymore but still buy slacks here. Try to sign up for company discount as well. Just tell them were you are interning and that should be enough.

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12/20/08

I've recently noticed that they are having a bunch of sales, if your looking to buy three, they have a promotion going on now that is buy 1 and get 2 free. Just thought I would let you know.

12/20/08

I have never owned a suit from Jos. A. Bank; however, a few of my friends say the quality is similar to the quality of a Brooks Brother's suit. I haven't heard any complaints.

12/20/08

Jos. A Bank is pretty good quality for the price. They once got sued though for advertising a sale. The complaint was that it is not a "sale" if your clothes are on "sale" every day

12/21/08

I think they are just fine. What I have noticed though is that lower brands like Jos A Bank even though they look fine ... they don't hold up as long. As weird as this sound... my Jos A Bank pants always wear out in the legs/sack/seat area whereas nicer pants of better quality last longer.

my 2 cents

12/21/08

i'd say a pair of pants worn twice a week lasts 6 months before they look worn to actually answer your question

12/21/08

i agree, the pants last from 6 to 8 months before they start showing wear. I would assume you are getting ready to enter banking and in that case Jos A Bank suits are a great buy.

12/21/08

Just spend the money you're going to save and get them tailored. Albeit price efficient, they're still off the rack suits.

12/21/08

go for it-- i get all my suits there.

but whatever you do, go ahead and pay the extra $55 for alterations. it doesn't matter what the suit costs; as long as it fits correctly, you will look great in it.

12/22/08

I have seen so many threads on people getting their suits altered by a tailor. I have never gotten a custom made suit, but every time I have went to a Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, etc. to buy a suit, they alter the suit on site for free. Is taking your suit to a tailor better? I would assume these tailors are good and if they offer it for free, why not take it?

12/22/08
KMM:

I have seen so many threads on people getting their suits altered by a tailor. I have never gotten a custom made suit, but every time I have went to a Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, etc. to buy a suit, they alter the suit on site for free. Is taking your suit to a tailor better? I would assume these tailors are good and if they offer it for free, why not take it?

Nordstrom's is known for their customer service, hence the in house alterations. Some stores, ie. Jos A Bank, don't have in-house tailors and buying a suit off the rack and having it fit exactly how you would want it to is very rare as there isn't an average body type. You most definitely want to use the Nordstrom in-house service when you buy a suit there, by the way.

1/4/09

Signature Gold suits or bust when it comes to JAB. All of the "Executive" and "Signature" suits are pretty much Men's Wearhouse suit quality. I would favor Hart Schaffner Marx (HSM) or Brooks Brothers (especially 1818, avoid Brooksease)if we are talking about good suits at value prices.

1/4/09

I think Mens Warehouse has some good deals right now (I just got two suits fully tailored for under $600)....the stuff is obviously not high end, but like most people said, getting it tailored right (ie. sides in, cuffs, pants, etc.) is far more important, especially at the analyst level. I would say after tailoring, a $250 suit can look really sharp, and is more than fine at the junior level.

I also got a suit at H&M (slim fit cut is really nice) for $250 and some tailoring, and that worked really well for the summer (I wore the pants more than twice a week haha and it still looks great)

1/4/09

I saw a tv ad about Mens Warehouse and the guy says you buy one you get one free, did you take advantage of their special?

1/15/09

if you get the highest level, the wool is pretty good for like a dark navy.

i'd also say that more important than the price of the suit is that it fits your body type well, so you will want it to be altered.

do not buy their shirts. I find they dont hold up well.

1/14/10

Yeah you buy suit off the rack thinking the price $500 to $600 of a low quality fabric and you think you saved money , But then the suit doesnt fits you so you go to a tailor for alteration and spend another $150 - $250 for it.
Why not better make a suit from a Tailor and a good fabic too,
Check La Rukico http://www.tailor.com/ , they got excellent quality fabrics from Zegna , Loro Piana , Dormeuil etc and at reasonable price.

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2/10/10

$150 for tailoring??? Maybe if you're built like Gary Coleman or you have a really expensive tailor. Most people can plan on about $30-40 of alterations per suit if they get it done at a dry cleaner in NYC.

Men's Wearhouse is a good place to shop, or if you're a typical college student who wants to keep it under $160/suit before alterations, most darker 100% wool suits at JC Penney will be just fine.

Being a cheap dutch guy, I also can't help but mention the fact that JCP usually has coupons for 10-20% off floating around newspapers and online. I know it makes me look tacky, but if you're a college student trying to line up five suits, 15% off means a lot of extra pizza.

2/13/10

LOL @ Gary Coleman.

From what I have experienced, it runs about $60 per piece (jacket, pants) to fit perfectly. This all depends on how the suit it originally. Some need only a quick hem on the pants which will cost <$10, while some need them fully altered...

2/19/10

as one of my colleagues put it..."Jos A Bank is where your family goes to buy a suit to bury you in. It only needs to look good once."

2/19/10

No No NO

A thousand times, No.

Jos. A Banks is crap crap crap.

I'm not a fashionista, but it's not a good value. Poorly make crap sold for cheap does not make a bargain.

Get to a traveling Hong Kong tailor, or head to NYC and find a Chinatown tailor. (Mid-town made-to measure tailors are affordable too)

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2/19/10

They always have sales. This past Thursday was buy one suit get two free. I know their not that great of quality but that's probably where I will wind up getting a new suit for upcoming recruiting.

2/19/10

What is the approx. price range, I'm sure someone can refer you to a better suit for a similar price.

2/19/10

Wow Marcus. You are full of really helpful insight tonight. You also reveal your ignorance by not even knowing the price range. No it is not an Armani suit but JoS Banks makes a great suit for the analyst level. I'm loath to even answer your question but the price range is $600-800 retail for their main line and higher for some of their other lines. As was said, there are frequent sales and deals so no one should pay retail for one of these suits.

2/19/10

Stalk much?

2/19/10

Cheese, what does the price range have to do with the quality of the suit? Or the fact that this store is constantly having "sales" ?

Its fairly common knowledge that none of the "retail" prices are actual prices at these types of stores. So you're not getting a $800 suit for 50% off. Thats why the "sales" you're talking about are non-existent and year round... (I've never heard of a Halloween suit sale before, have you?). Its like the infomercials that sell you double the product if you call in the next 30 seconds. If you're going to spend $400 on a suit, you can get a far better suit that will last you a lot longer.

Try any of the department stores, if you can, after the holdiays there will be plenty of sales (real ones). And if you need to buy a whole wardrobe try applying for the store credit card, they usually throw an additional discount on top of everything else. There are plenty of ways to not break the bank and still look respectable. Also try Century 21, you can typically get any of the suits at department stores for much cheaper.

2/19/10

Spitzer vs. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc.

"It is the Attorney General's position that Jos. A. Bank does not actually offer for
sale or sell this merchandise at the "regular price." Instead, Jos. A. Bank conducts "sale" after
"sale." Because the merchandise is perpetually "on sale," the so-called "sale price" is actually
the price at which Jos. A. Bank regularly offers for sale and sells the merchandise.
Less than 1% of all sales of Jos.A . Bank's suits, formal wear, trousers, and
blazers were made at the "regular price" during 2003."
http://www.oag.state.ny.us/media_center/2004/sep/s...

2/19/10

Certain JC Penney suits (Stafford Essentials 100% wool) are 1/3 the price of Jos A Bank even when they are on sale and it's around the same decent quality. You may also want to check Macy's for higher end stuff.

2/19/10

If you buy anything from Jos Bank at full price you're a fucking idiot...You could buy the building for the right price

2/19/10

Jos A Banks suits are NEVER full price. The range for the most basic quality suits, the "executive" suit, is any where from $150 on its cheapest black friday price, to $250 on an average sale.

2/19/10

Whether or not the sale is actually a sale, generally you can get a fairly wide selection of decent suits for pretty cheap at Jo Banks. I agree with above - $150 to $300 is the sweet spot for suits there. Don't pay more than that.

2/19/10

Jos A Bank and Charles Tyrwhitt always have sales - never pay full price.

If you want a good deal - check out the outlets at woodbury commons (near NYC). I picked up a nice Burberry suit at Barney's for 450. plenty of cheap options if you've got time and a bit of luck. A nice ferragamo store too if you want some slightly discounted (but still rather pricey shoes)

2/19/10

Alright guys that's really good to know cause I still want to shop around. Marcus, I looking to pay around $300-$350 (each) for a navy blue and gray suit.
Thanks

2/19/10

Marcus, I understand that concept. I wasn't saying go break down the doors for this awesome sale. Nor am I saying that the retail price makes it a good suit. I am speaking to the quality based on my experiences. If the sale drops their suits into the $250-350 range, Jos Banks is of higher quality than comparably priced suits I've gotten at department stores. My two cents.

2/19/10

Somone PM'ed me and for the benefit of any other prospective monkeys here's a few pointers, which have been discussed ad noseum on here btw.

1- you dont need to spend a shit load of money on a suit, in fact you can probably get away with whatever it is you've been wearing throughout college. I met an analyst at an industry conference last year who was wearing no less than a $3,000 hand made suit, he looked like a fucking imbecile. He was trying way too fucking hard and it showed. As a college student, you can get away with whatever it is they have at your local department store on sale so long as its wool suit.

2- you can not go wrong by atleast checking out the outlets stores before going to buy a suit full price at a normal department store. So first, I'd suggest Century 21. I have seen $300 Ferre, $300 Hugo Boss, $400 Hickey, $600 Canali, $800-1000 Valentinos/Versaces. (just a point of reference to demonstrate the discounts, they have plenty of other stuff most people haven't heard of) They also have the usual suspects of typical department store suits (whatever Ralph Lauren labels, Calvin Klein, etc... for $200-300). Dont get anything too trendy, flashy or otherwise fashionable. Just because its a $1500 suit for $500 doesn't mean its appropriate for work. It should be classic and simple. After century 21, as people above mentioned the outlets. Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Barneys, etc... all have outlet stores. Check the web sites for locations. There's also random outlet strips scattered all over the US.

3- not everyone gives a shit about their clothes. Thats not to say they dont look respectable, they just dont give enough of a shit to go hunting for a bargain to get a high end suit for a deal Which is fine. You're a college student, and even if you're not a college student, if thats not your style, thats not your style. Just wear what you're comfortable wearing.

On a side note, some people get suits at Zara/H&M. Not sure how much they run, but just make sure they're not too trendy (which means slim these days.)

And as always, no matter where you guy your suit and for how much, get it tailored, and not from a dry cleaner. If they dont cup your balls when marking adjustments on your suit, they're not real legit.

2/19/10

Guys,

Brooks Brothers Outlet is the place. I've got 5 or 6 suits from different dept stores and 1 from brooks brothers outlet. I think the suit was ~$300 and is much better than any of the dept store suits I have. I know there are a few outlets near Chicago and I'm sure many more throughout the country.

These suits aren't for the guys looking to spend $1k plus, but anyone trying to keep it under $500 would be well served to check out BB outlet.

2/19/10

I went to Jos A Bank for the second time today. it was the first time i've given their stuff a serious gander. most of that stuff is super shitty and not a good deal. their sport shirts were so thin. the sport shirts at BB outlet are of much higher quality. i have to concur with marcus above. the department stores with real sales offered much better deals.

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2/19/10

Are Jos A Bank's Traveler Wrinkle Free shirts worth it for $40 (the normal on-sale price)? I need some dress shirts to wear to work and there's a Jos A Bank down the street. Can someone recommend some good dress shirts that are not too expensive? I'm have a Macy's and Mens Wearhouse nearby. I can also get myself to the nearby mall Nordstrom's pretty easily.

Thanks a lot.

2/19/10

Jos. A Banks = Terrible quality

Brooks Bros. Outlet = Terrible quality

Brooks Bros. = decent quality but a rip off

Department stores = random quality, overpriced.

Seriously folks. Go to a NYC Asian tailor and get them made for under $500 each.

This question needs to die.

Custom is affordable.
http://www.mysuitny.com/
http://www.hongkongcustomtailor.com/
http://www.alandavidnyc.com/
http://www.allytailors.com/
http://www.custommen.com/

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2/19/10

What about just dress shirts?

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2/19/10

If you're an analyst, JAB will be more than fine.

I've bought maybe 2 suits from them over the years, took them to a tailor, and they look legit.

2/19/10

Couldn't agree more with Weinstein. Save your hard earned dollars for the bar.

2/19/10

Just make sure that the fabric is reasonably understated... Some of those suits gleam as though some sleep-deprived worker accidentally ironed on saran wrap.

2/19/10

ThePenceOfSpence:
Just make sure that the fabric is reasonably understated... Some of those suits gleam as though some sleep-deprived worker accidentally ironed on saran wrap.

Exactly. If you can wear the suit to a club and blend in, it's too flashy.

2/19/10

Use Indochino. You'll thank me later.

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2/19/10

DonVon:
Use Indochino. You'll thank me later.

Its true. I regret buying my shitty macy's and Jos A Banks suits for the same price.

Sure, its takes a few tries and 2 months to get your first suit right. But damn does it fit good

2/19/10

Cries:
DonVon:
Use Indochino. You'll thank me later.

Its true. I regret buying my shitty macy's and Jos A Banks suits for the same price.

Sure, its takes a few tries and 2 months to get your first suit right. But damn does it fit good

Agreed that Indochino does have great fitting suits. Though it wa more expensive then JAB. You can probably get 3 for ~ $300 at JAB and 1 ~ $370 at Indochino

2/19/10

Bobb:
Cries:
DonVon:
Use Indochino. You'll thank me later.

Its true. I regret buying my shitty macy's and Jos A Banks suits for the same price.

Sure, its takes a few tries and 2 months to get your first suit right. But damn does it fit good

Agreed that Indochino does have great fitting suits. Though it wa more expensive then JAB. You can probably get 3 for ~ $300 at JAB and 1 ~ $370 at Indochino

I've only bought during the sales. I think my first purchase was 3 shirts + 2piece suit for $300. Second was shirt + 2 ties + suit for 300.

2/19/10

Cries:

I've only bought during the sales. I think my first purchase was 3 shirts + 2piece suit for $300. Second was shirt + 2 ties + suit for 300.

Those are both real solid deals. Do those happen regularly?

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

2/19/10

Cruncharoo:
Cries:

I've only bought during the sales. I think my first purchase was 3 shirts + 2piece suit for $300. Second was shirt + 2 ties + suit for 300.

Those are both real solid deals. Do those happen regularly?

Last winter I got a coupon off Gilt City...1 Suit, 1 Shirt, 1 Tie for $280, great deal. I've been looking around for another deal so I can grab a suit again

2/19/10

Let's just say JoS. A. Bank was a zoo tonight after layoffs were announced on all levels in CS Research.

2/19/10

BTbanker:
Let's just say JoS. A. Bank was a zoo tonight after layoffs were announced on all levels in CS Research.

Are you making that up or were there real layoffs? Analyts?

2/19/10

JamesHetfield:
BTbanker:
Let's just say JoS. A. Bank was a zoo tonight after layoffs were announced on all levels in CS Research.

Are you making that up or were there real layoffs? Analyts?


http://dealbreaker.com/2012/11/layoffs-watch-12-cr...
2/19/10

JamesHetfield:
BTbanker:
Let's just say JoS. A. Bank was a zoo tonight after layoffs were announced on all levels in CS Research.

Are you making that up or were there real layoffs? Analyts?


I wouldn't make that up.
2/19/10

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2/19/10

Used to. I havent seen one in the last couple months, which is fine, because I'm not looking to buy a suit every other week.

I'll post on here next time I see one.

2/19/10

I think you would have better luck getting something from brooks brothers on a holiday or during a sale.

2/19/10

I've bought from JAB a couple times. Do not ever pay the asking price. The real price you should pay is about 30-40% of the full price. However, after taking this into consideration, they aren't a bad place to shop. I agree with the previous comment that you can take their stuff to your local tailor and be fine. I also like some of their dress shirts when on sale.

I have bought 3 custom suits and the quality of material, fit of the suit, and details (surgeon sleeves, horn buttons, well placed vents, etc.) were much better, but the JAB suits are fine for a cheap suit for normal occasions.

2/19/10

I agree with southernbydesign, Brooks Brothers have better quality suits and your suit is going to last alot longer

2/19/10

Silver B's for you.

How are you ontop of all these deals?

2/19/10

I get like 5000 spam emails a day, if I happen to see a subject I like I usually click and sometimes (1/100000) it turns out to be the real deal.

2/19/10

They advertise like crazy. I saw the ad for this deal at least 3 times while watching ESPN last night. Yes, it is a good deal, unfortunately I still think they charge you for alterations on all three suits so that adds up a little bit.

2/19/10

Billy Ray's right, they do charge for alterations per suit. They have this deal every once in a while, I've probably seen it about once every two months.

2/19/10

Honestly, I'm not a snob, but they make awful suits. Just really awful suits. There is a reason they can sell them 3 for 1, fellas.

With that said, Helicopter Ben (Bernanke) gets all his suits from Joseph A. Bank, so go for it.

How cheesey are those ads? The voiceover guy gets me every time. Funny stuff.

2/19/10

Thanks for the heads up. Never bought from Jos A. Banks, so I'll probably check it out.

2/19/10

Is this promotion also available for Europeans?

2/19/10

It's not that great of a deal. They're constantly running at least a 2 for 1 deal. Because no one ever buys their suits retail it's a little dishonest to say that it's really 3 for the price of 1.

2/19/10

what do you guys think of their 'tailored fit suits,' is the lapel too narrow? I think I like these the most from their collection.
http://www.josbank.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/S...

and they don't seem to have them in charcoal, but only "grey charcoal," is that kind of the same as charcoal?

2/19/10

Let's begin the revolt against standard navy blue and grey...! this looks like a catalogue designed for SAs

2/19/10

i think lehman is in menlo park...

2/19/10

yes, menlo park definitely has a good number of IBD offices, but i don't know....San Jose?

2/19/10

There are a ton of banks in San Jose. It has it's own financial district just like SF.

2/19/10

I like the price for the look and feel of their suits. I have a navy pinstripe and a black suit from Jos A. Bank and I like them. Granted I've never worn a $5,000 suit so I cant make a comparison

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