Brooks brothers dress shirts for $40 or Charles Tyrwhitt for $30?

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the outlets are shit quality


Supply chain structure has a big impact on pricing, independent of quality. Both BB and CT buy their shirts from contract manufacturers in Asia. Let’s assume both pay ~$26 for similar quality goods (Everlane does a great job of breaking this down in the attached infographic.)

BB then sells the shirts in bulk to to Macy for ~$50. The Macy’s menswear merchant then goes through a planning and allocation process to decide how many of each size/style to stock in each of their 600 stores at a list price of $92, making millions of guesses each season. On average, 30% of these guesses end up with excess inventory that needs to be marked down to move it off the floor to make room for next season’s goods. BB goes through the same process for their own stores, and charges similar markups to cover the costs and inventory risks of brick & mortar retail

Outside a handful of stores in the US, Charles Tyrwhitt ships shirts in bulk to an e-commerce DC in the UK that fulfills your online orders. Having a single pile of inventory allows them to offer a much broader range of color/pattern/collar style variations than any physical store could afford to stock.

Since you can’t try on the short before ordering, they always offer a large % of their total assortment at $39 promotional pricing, with a free return label included in the shipment. This means they’re still showing positive unit economics even at this discounted pricing. They’re betting that once you have your size dialed in, you will take advantage of their “4 for $199” deals and become a customer for life.

Bottom line: Online is a much more efficient way to run an apparel supply chain, allowing the merchant to offer both better variety and lower prices to the customer

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At the outlets, all dress and sport shirts




SC2: once you’ve figured out your size, I’m wondering why you’re still going to the store vs buying online, where the assortment is much more extensive


I wasn’t sure about my size and wanted to have the shirts immediately, otherwise I agree with you.


CT any day! I buy them online and have never been disappointed


I really do think CT is better now

though brooks bros has really differing levels of quality within their lineup so do you DD I’d say

Where you seeing Bro Bro shirts for $40, bro?

Yeah, where?

You don’t have to buy multiple either

CT shirts are way better. Brooks shirt rip by elbows in a year or two. Horrible quality.

So I guess the question then is brooks brothers outlet dress shirts for $10 more or CT? Never tried anything from BB

CT has BB outlet beat by a wide margin

CT no question. Had BB and like previously stated, elbows ripped within a few month. Quality is suspect

😳 it just happened to me today.. elbows ripped.. BB


CT Chicago has the worst customer service. That was a huge decision for me to take my business to BB instead (across the street).

I find BB quality is fine but the shirts (especially the cuts at the outlets) are so baggy. Would avoid BB outlet

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