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    BR Monogram vs Jcrew Ludlow

    Banana republic has 40% off no exclusions today. I've been considering this monogram wool/mohair: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...&pid=932367002 or a J crew wool navy ludlow. 40% off drops this (with pants to make a full suit) to 388$ (plus I have 50$ in rewards) so that makes it substantially cheaper than Jcrew. Thoughts? Pics?

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    I don't know much about BR Monogram, but if history has show, BR just slaps a name on something and charges more for it.

    Jcrew's Ludlow suit happens to be half-canvassed, so you ARE paying up for something tangible.

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    The site claims:

    Full lining adds structure and weight to drape smoothly. Underarm shields reduce the need for dry cleaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mahanna View Post
    The site claims:

    Full lining adds structure and weight to drape smoothly. Underarm shields reduce the need for dry cleaning.
    ...all of their blazers have those. BR's PR dept. needs some serious help.

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    40% off at br should be their real msrp, tbh

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    Quote Originally Posted by fey View Post
    40% off at br should be their real msrp, tbh

    So in your opinion, wait and try and catch a ludlow on sale?

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    The Ludlow would be $450 and the BR would be $338 after his credit. All BR general opinions aside, it looks like the question is if the Ludlow is worth $110 more than the BR? Me being in the south and I not traveling much with a suit, I would probably go for the Ludlow if I could and save the BR credit for some chinos or something. The half lined jacket is probably a big advantage in my warm climate. So far my plan is that if I am spending less than the Ludlow I am going way under and trying something like a Claiborne, Stafford, Bar III or a Combatant Gentleman. I don't think the $110 is enough to sacrifice for...but $200+, yeah maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idvsego View Post
    The Ludlow would be $450 and the BR would be $338 after his credit. All BR general opinions aside, it looks like the question is if the Ludlow is worth $110 more than the BR? Me being in the south and I not traveling much with a suit, I would probably go for the Ludlow if I could and save the BR credit for some chinos or something. The half lined jacket is probably a big advantage in my warm climate. So far my plan is that if I am spending less than the Ludlow I am going way under and trying something like a Claiborne, Stafford, Bar III or a Combatant Gentleman. I don't think the $110 is enough to sacrifice for...but $200+, yeah maybe.
    Thanks for the opinion. I would consider the BR 388 either way (opportunity cost of the credit) so for a 70$ difference I'd definitely rather the Ludlow. My question now is, where did you find a Ludlow for 450? I've been stalking the sale section/promo codes, and can't seem to find any. I'm looking for a navy wool suit.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mahanna View Post
    So in your opinion, wait and try and catch a ludlow on sale?
    Quote Originally Posted by idvsego View Post
    The Ludlow would be $450 and the BR would be $338 after his credit. All BR general opinions aside, it looks like the question is if the Ludlow is worth $110 more than the BR? Me being in the south and I not traveling much with a suit, I would probably go for the Ludlow if I could and save the BR credit for some chinos or something. The half lined jacket is probably a big advantage in my warm climate. So far my plan is that if I am spending less than the Ludlow I am going way under and trying something like a Claiborne, Stafford, Bar III or a Combatant Gentleman. I don't think the $110 is enough to sacrifice for...but $200+, yeah maybe.
    Yes, wait for the Ludlow. Like @idvsego says, the $110 is not worth it. With BR Monogram, you're essentially getting a cheaply constructed suit with nice-ish fabric. Not worth more than $200 for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mahanna View Post
    Thanks for the opinion. I would consider the BR 388 either way (opportunity cost of the credit) so for a 70$ difference I'd definitely rather the Ludlow. My question now is, where did you find a Ludlow for 450? I've been stalking the sale section/promo codes, and can't seem to find any. I'm looking for a navy wool suit.

    Thanks!
    Last year J.Crew ran a promo of 30% off select suits. I think the standard navy wool suit was one of them, but with the jackets with double vents and pants in the slim fit option only.

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