With J. Crew retail styles popping up quickly at factory stores, it is hard to convince yourself that you have to scoop it up when it comes out. There is a benefit to that, besides being able to get highly popular styles that you missed out on. Just like J. Crew retail stores build around their closet staples season after season, the factory stores have their own versions of those staples, and factory enables you to get those staples for less. What you have to decide is- Is the retail version worth my money?
My first comparison is one of my favorites: the Tippi. The J. Crew retail Tippi is one of my all time favorite styles. J. Crew Factory’s Charley sweater is comparable. Here are some differences I’ve noted.
The retail Tippi is $79.50 while the factory Charley is $69.50. Those are the retail suggested prices. Both go on promo and sale regularly, making one cheaper than the other at alternating times. At first glance, if you need a color and you need it now, you’re going to go with the Charley because the only noticeable difference is $10 that you will not be spending.
Next, take a look at the descriptions. Both are given by J.Crew and J.Crew Factory.
|Descriptions from factory.jcrew.com and jcrew.com|
Almost exactly the same again. The only difference overall that I noted was the 14-gauge knit merino wool. This is a difference you can feel in person. The retail Tippi is softer and a little heavier in weight than the factory Charley. Otherwise, they both have the rib trim and are dry clean.