Dress for the job you want, not the one you have: Thomas Mason for J. Crew

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.

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4 responses to “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have: Thomas Mason for J. Crew

  1. There’s a big difference between a premium product (durable materials, good construction), and a luxury product(expensive because they can). If you look at the cost structure of one of our $115 to $375 shirts, we’re not getting rich on them. What we offer is a lot of value. Once you wash shirting under a certain pricepoint, it simply starts to disintegrate. We all have closets full of shirts from various mid-market chains that look terrible after only a year of wear. Our shirts will look good for years to come. If you want to dress for the job you want to have, you must build your wardrobe responsibly, and you can’t do that with shirting designed around cost-savings. There’s hundreds of tiny differences between a shirt with Asian fabrication (with the exception of Japanese work) and western fabrication, ranging from how they cut the fabric to the way the collar is constructed to the way the trocha pearl buttons are sewn on. The aim of their production is to reduce cost and increase profit. The aim of our production is to make a better shirt above all. It simply comes down to getting what you pay for.

    • momentumoffailure

      Nicely put, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve got to get myself into a Taylor Stitch short, no doubt. I’ve started amping up the wardrobe not only in variety but in quality, too. As you put, “You get what you pay for.” If you’re willing to shell out more for a higher quality shirt that will last longer than one designed and mass-produced for anyone’s price range, the shirt then becomes more of an investment vs. a purchase.

  2. Thanks Will.

    Just always trying to educate and not hate. Believe me I know our stuff is not inexpensive. I just want people to start to understand subtle intricacies and know what they are purchasing instead of blindly consuming.

    • momentumoffailure

      No hate/malcontent taken. I appreciate the insight as to why some companies can indeed charge more and why it is that is justified. In your case, it makes perfect sense.

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