Feb 25, 2011
J. Crew, Zara Suits Have Shatnez

Men's wool suits from the winter line from Austin Reed, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and Zara Man are said to contain shatnez.

By R' Yosef Stolz - Lakewood Shatnez Laboratory

We are all aware that men’s wool suits require testing.

However sometimes consumers find themselves in a situation where they desperately need to wear their suit and cannot bring it into a shatnez Laboratory for testing.

Shatnez is the prohibition in halacha derived from the Torah that prohibits the wearing of a fabric containing both wool and linen.

We are therefore alerting the public that some jackets of the following brands were found to contain shatnez this past winter:
Austin Reed
Brooks Brothers
J. Crew
Zara Man

If you have any questions about the information provided in this series please contact Lakewood Shatnez Laboratory, 661 7th Street · Lakewood, NJ · 08701 · (732) 364-7056

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Jos A Bank
Just want to mention that my Jos A Bank suit had Shatnez. That was the first time that I ever had Shatnez in any of my clothes.

Be careful with Jos A Bank.
(2/25/2011 12:49:00 PM)
Jos A Bank
Just bought a suit from Jos A. Bank and it had Shatnez. I am told that their suits made in Mexico all have a good chance of having Shatnez.
(2/25/2011 1:26:27 PM)
hugo boss
my hugo boss jacket had shatnez

whatever it is u should spend the time to check afterall its an idur deoraisa
(2/25/2011 2:22:12 PM)
What about Zara Woman's?
Should i get it checked out?
Where is a Crown Heights Shatnez Checker?
(2/25/2011 2:38:10 PM)
To #4
I believe Regency Cleaners has someone who checks for shatnez.
(2/25/2011 3:05:31 PM)
answer to #5
Yes, Regency Cleaners, 381 Kingston Ave, has someone come to check shatness every day.
(2/25/2011 3:45:47 PM)
Brooks Brothers Has Linen Treads in the Collar
This is nothing new. For years many high-end suits have had linen threads in them. They are used to hold down the felt under the collar. Linen holds the shape much better.

All you do is have someone take out the thread and felt and stitch a new one on. It may cost $30-50 to get it replaced, but if you're already spending $900 on a Brooks Brothers suit, it's not that much more.

But then again, I assume anyone who buys a new outfit will get it checked anyways.
(2/25/2011 3:57:23 PM)
a tester
add ARMANI and E. ZEGNA to the list.
(2/26/2011 9:50:56 PM)
what is with zaras womens
any news?
(2/26/2011 10:30:13 PM)
Astor & Black NO shatnez!
(2/27/2011 1:03:52 AM)
shop in crown height
sartoria in crown heights has the suit checked for shatnes for u.
(2/27/2011 4:56:29 AM)
john varvatos (usa)
i had a John Varvatos (usa) jacket, and had it check, and was told everything is ok,
then i was told by someone else that the "LABEL"itself is made from " LINEN " so the tag has to be removed carefully
(2/27/2011 6:26:43 PM)
are ALL labels made from linen?
(3/1/2011 1:56:27 PM)
Thank-you for bringing this to my attention.
And a follow-up article addressing the urgency of shatnez and other important details would be great.
(3/1/2011 1:57:48 PM)
jos a bank
I once heard the there are for madregos in jos a bank suits and that the two top lines have shatnez and the 2 bottom line do not. Can anyone confirm this please? Shkoyach
(9/1/2011 6:34:58 PM)
jos a bank
Does anybody know if the jos a bank suits made in Bangledash have shatnez or not?
(9/1/2011 6:37:12 PM)
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