The Washington Post has a write-up of Jos. A. Bank; seems they're doing well despite the recession.
If I haven't said it already, the vast majority of my suits have come from Jos. A. Bank, including my first black suit I bought for college-related purposes. The article says it all--a good- (sometimes great- , as with the Signature Gold line) quality product at a great price point.
I learned a few things from the article:
1. They're from Baltimore. Neat.
2. My store--at 19th and M downtown--is their flagship.
What I already knew: They get through the lean times with sales and bank on people paying full price when there's no sale going on.
For example: They just wrapped up a "buy one suit, get two free" sale, which is definitely the right price point. Now, they have a "buy one at full price, pay $99 for the second, get the third FREE!" which is identical to the previous sale but $100 more expensive. I don't begrudge them it, but their tactic appears to have been "generate interest with our best sale, then ratchet it back slightly to see how much buy-one-get-two business we can get despite a $100 premium."
Rule of thumb: never settle for less than a 66% discount off the list price for a JAB suit.