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Old 05-14-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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My pair of banana republic chinos I bought when I was in Las Vegas 2 years ago have ripped at the knee and the er, crotch area, which is kind of disappointing. I bought them for $30 on special. It says they are made in Bangladesh. Kind of fitting name, I suppose.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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My experience is that the entire Gap selection (Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy) has gone down hill in the last 15 years or so. The quality is subpar.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Not well made. But stylish.

I agree about the "GAP" family of clothes. They still look OK, but they were made better and cut better a while back.

However, I do need to ask the OP - exactly how long do you expect a pair of $30 trousers to last? Yes I know they were marked down, but what you paid is still twice what the store paid.

At least.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Pa
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Old navy clothes are a hit and miss. Some are very cute long sleeve and tanks. I do dislike after a few washes they fall apart. Or at times have crappy sewing.

They could honestly make it big with better quality clothes.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I used to shop at BR about 10 years ago, but now the prices are insane. They used to be reasonable, but now it seems like you can't find a shirt or pants under $75, so I don't bother.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Old navy clothes are a hit and miss. Some are very cute long sleeve and tanks. I do dislike after a few washes they fall apart. Or at times have crappy sewing.

They could honestly make it big with better quality clothes.
Yup, I do have some ON stuff from the mid 2000s that are holding up well.

Unfortunately, I am finding that clothing at most price points is pretty sucky. Even the midrange department store brands.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I used to shop at BR about 10 years ago, but now the prices are insane. They used to be reasonable, but now it seems like you can't find a shirt or pants under $75, so I don't bother.
Same here. In the few instances I do visit BR, I head straight to the clearance rack.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I love Banana Republic's thin sleeveless t's, their shoes (I have bought 6 pair this year - they are great) and their cardigan sweaters...their dresses and most of their pants are too short for my long legs...I think their jackets, blazers and raincoats are generally made well.

I love Gap's 1969 straight, long, low-rise jeans - very well made although I do wish they would make fewer ripped/torn jeans.

Old Navy - incredibly cheap stuff that looks cute but doesn't hold up. Earlier this year I bought a very cute medium check - orange and white blouse...I wore a little vintage pin on the blouse which made a hole in the blouse...throw-away clothes.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Agree with most, way back when BR was well-made, now it's the same over-priced, cheaply made stuff that most stores sell.
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