Company statements: Outlet stores

We contacted all the brands we investigated for our story on outlet stores. Here's what they told us. Kate Spade did not comment on our story.

Banana Republic

At Banana Republic Factory Stores we offer quality apparel and accessories at a great price.  BRFS has its own product design, merchandising, sourcing and marketing teams. Our stores carry collections created exclusively for BRFS and do not sell Banana Republic Specialty product.


Our outlet stores sell both manufactured-for-outlet-store product in addition to discontinued inventory from our retail stores. Made-for-outlet includes both outlet exclusives (designed specifically for outlet) as well as archived designs and customer favorites from our retail store (full priced) assortment. All of our products are made from the finest quality leathers and fabrics, individually, by hand, irrespective of the channel they are sold in. Generally, our manufactured-for-outlet product will be less embellished - using less overall hardware and/or simpler hardware, may not have an exterior pocket, or may have a narrower gusset, may have a simpler (non-branded) lining, or may use a flat versus tumbled leather  - compared to the retail bag that inspired it. All of which reduce the cost and allow us to pass the value along to the consumer while still providing a beautiful, fashionable handbag that we are proud to sell.

J. Crew

J.Crew Factory features the style and quality you love from J.Crew, at more affordable prices. Each of our women’s, men’s, kids and accessories collections is designed and produced exclusively for Factory- inspired by our favourites from J.Crew. 

In some cases, we do utilize different fabrics or adjust design details to maintain a more reasonable price point. We always make sure to preserve the quality and design integrity that you would expect from J.Crew.