Here is a question I was asked recently on Quora. Jos. A Bank is a chain of men’s clothing stores that also sells online. Because they often deeply discount their suits, some wonder if they offer a good value. Here’s my answer:
Often, you get better value by buying brands like Jos. A Bank when compared to trendier designer brands.
Jos. A Bank suits offer good value and are comparable to other large suit brands at a similar retail price point. In fact, you will find that most suits up to the $1500 range are not constructed any differently than a $600 Jos. A Bank ‘Signature Gold’ suit. Typically, they use half-canvas construction (check this page for a definition of half-canvas). When compared to more expensive designer labels such as Hugo Boss and Z Zegna that offer suits in the $800 – $1500 range, you will find that the construction is very similar to what Jos. A Bank offers for around $600. What you are paying for with brands like Hugo Boss and Z Zegna is the Designer label and a more stylish cut (most of all you’re paying for that designer name).
The lower priced ‘Executive’ and ‘Signature’ line suits offered by Jos. A Bank have less costly fully fused construction like most other suit brands in the $200-$500 price range. The ‘Signature’ line offers better fabrics, but not the superior half-canvas construction of the ‘Signature Gold’ line.
Should You Buy A Jos. A. Bank Suit?
Often you get better value by buying brands like Jos. A Bank when compared to trendier designer brands, especially when they are on sale. Just keep in mind that the cut of the suit may be less trendy with a brand like Jos. A Bank that caters to mature businessmen rather than the fashion-minded. Jos. A Bank often has a “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” promotion that cuts the price of a new suit in half. Their ‘Signature’ and ‘Signature Gold’ lines become an excellent deal in such a promotion as you are getting a new half-canvassed suit for about $300 when you buy two.
Personally, I buy all of my suits used on eBay or at thrift shops. Used Jos. A Bank suits are plentiful. Typically, I pay between $30-$40 for a Jos. A. Bank ‘Signature Gold’ line suit in excellent condition on eBay.