Before J. Crew took down all their sale items a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to snag some final gear at a really amazing price. Among the plaid button downs, knit ties and choice puffer jacket, I happened upon a Thomas Mason stuffed into the sale rack. I first saw these on the Crew site and noticed, as any economically aware person does, the hefty price tag. Paying between $125-$175 for a shirt is not in my budget, and I still don’t fully comprehend how or why these prices are justified just by throwing a designer’s name on the tag. Needless to say, I wasn’t planning on dropping that kind of cash on a shirt when the standard J. Crew BD will do just fine at a fraction of the cost.
However, when I spotted the blue T. Mason for $60 with an additional 30% off, I decided, “Hell, why not?” I don’t know what it is. It could be the two-ply Italian cotton fabric direct from the Thomas Mason mill in England, that has apparently been weaving premier shirts since 1796. That’s a long time. But, you can feel the difference, and it does almost justify the full price of the shirt. Not to downplay J. Crew’s normal selection of shirting whatsoever, but this is like upgrading to better sheets on the bed… with a hotter girlfriend constantly rubbing you down, all the while you retaining the knowledge you look effing amazing.