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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ask the MB

Ask the MB
Q: Where does Brooks Brothers fall in the spectrum of Magnificent clothing? Staunchy? Chic? Taken in moderation?
— Eric

A: Eric, you forgot "frumpy."

You'll notice the retailer links on our home page, and there's a reason why Brooks Brothers is missing. Their target market is either dead, hospitalized and on a life support system, or a commentator on ABC's This Week.

Hats off to them for trying to make their brand relevant with "Black Fleece," designed with inspiration by short-pant lovin' Thom Browne, but the prices are insanely inflated. If you're hooked on the classics, look for them with a nod to living in the 21st century, like Bastian, Opening Ceremony, Varvatos, Hickey, Costume National, selected D&G, Prada, and many more.

Ask the MB: Brooks Brothers

Ask the MB: Brooks Brothers
Q: I've noticed you guys are down on Brooks Brothers, and I mostly agree. However, I just picked up a suit and sport coat from the Black Fleece line for 50% off and had a made to measure suit done. I picked wool from the Zegna factory and it will be constructed in the Martin Greenfield factory in Brooklyn. So, in the right setting, can Brooks Brothers be considered bastardly?

A: While we've poked some good-natured fun at Thom Browne, his stuff for Black Fleece the past two years is pretty good, and the quality is top-notch. Made in China, this is not. Our problem has always been the completely ridiculous pricing. Even at 50% off (as much of it is now) it's only a so-so value. If you like Black Fleece, keep your eyes on Gilt Man; they just had a sale with discounts in the 60-75% range and we expect another one fairly soon.

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