STORE WARS: J. Crew vs. Banana Republic
Starting March 15th and running through April 4th, Dappered.com is hosting a bracket based tournament with the purpose of eventually crowning the all around Affordable Men’s Style Retail Champ for 2011. For a full introduction see this post. To see the updated bracket, click on the image to the right. Make a case for your preferred competitor in the comments section, but don’t forget to vote at the bottom of each match up. On with today’s showdown.
Strengths: The top of the non department store food chain. Their run of success over the past few years has been remarkable. Their Ludlow fit, their suits in general, and their sportcoats/blazers are certainly something. They get subtle patterns. They’ve partnered up with some heritage brands to offer unique, almost always incredibly good looking items. Their “Factory” line gives those of us without a huge bankroll an opportunity to get the look at a reasonable price.
Weaknesses: Can get a little too big for their britches sometimes (see the patent pending Muyjens-ometer for examples). Selling a Timex for $175 is ridiculous. Those damn “final sales” when you can’t return items. The high shipping costs from Jcrew.com. Overall, pretty expensive.
Strengths: Self described as “accessible luxury” which is about right. The top of the GAP inc brand pyramid, so they’re everywhere. They’re using better and better fabrics in their blazers and suiting. Design of many pieces can look incredible. Their silk/cotton/cashmere v-neck is the best on the market. They stumbled a few months back, but their suit fit has come roaring back with their tailored fit leading the way. Free shipping from their website with a $50 purchase, free returns to their brick and mortar stores if you don’t like it. And their sales associates, who yes can sometimes be a little too attentive… but well… two words: pencil skirts.
Weaknesses: You really have to play the retail waiting game with BR. One day it’s full price, the next day it’s 40% off with a coupon or online code. But by then your size could be gone. Much of their stuff is made in China. Jeans are expensive. The colors of clothing on their website won’t always match up with reality.
Your votes determine who goes on to the next round.
Cast your ballot below.
UPDATE: J. Crew maintained a steady lead all day and punches their ticket to the semis.
Store Wars: J. Crew vs. Banana Republic
- J. Crew (58%, 277 Votes)
- Banana Republic (42%, 202 Votes)
Total Voters: 477