A big "thanks!" to J.Crew Guy In Canada who has graciously offered to continue reviewing Men's items from J.Crew with us. (I am echoing the comments of other JCAs when I say he needs to start his own blog! In the meantime, I will gladly share his great reviews on the JCA.)
In this review, J.Crew Guy In Canada reviews (& compares) J.Crew's Macartney-Stripe Wool-Silk Tie (Item 15037; $69.50) with J.Crew's Factory Stripe Wool Tie (Item 24335; $42.50, now $24.50).
Nobody like a steal of deal more than I do. Why pay $70 for a tie when it's doubleganger can be had for less than half the price. A tie is a tie is a tie, right? Or is it?
Two very similar ties are the Factory stripe wool tie #24335 with a regular price of $42.50, but marked down to $24.50 compared to the Macartney - striped wool/silk tie #15037 for $69.50. At first glance they both look so very similar that they could almost be the same and with a difference in price of over $40 there must be something different.
And a different there is. The Factory tie is a wool blend with the fabric definitely lacking. While many Factory ties in silk or wool are a great value and look very good, this one falls short. It looks and feels cheap, not very J.Crew, more like J.Phew. I have several Factory ties, both in wool and silk and I've been very pleased. They're not as sharp as the regular ones, but close enough especially when sale prices from the Factory site are factored in. Why buy one for $70 when you can two or three. The Macartney is head and shoulders above its Factory cousin.
The heavier fabric, more solid construction and more expensive look contribute to making this a no brainer. The Macartney kicks the Factory to the curb. No need to go cheap on this one and here's an example where you definitely get what you pay for.
Will I still buy the odd Factory tie, possibly. But the more likely result will be watching the regular site for deals and sales. Macartney will be getting some play with Ludlow and Bowery. Gotta love the names J.Crew; an easy way to remember favorites.
"Thanks!" again to J.Crew Guy In Canada for his great review of these two classic pieces!
What are your thoughts on J.Crew's ties for Men? Do you own any of their ties? If so, please share with us your review. :)