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To clarify, I never meant to imply that a peak cream DJ would look like an odd cream sport coat paired with formal shirt and trousers. It was more that, technically, there are no differentiations (besides, arguably, the single button) between the two, unlike a tuxedo jacket, which has silk facings, for example.My personal favorite for an ivory DJ is a 4x1 DB with shawl lapel, specifically to avoid the problem you mention.
It also makes it unmistakably a dinner jacket. Since many are self-faced (and some have uncovered buttons), they can just look like cream sport coats if they aren't shawls (which are essentially reserved for formalwear).
I'm not even going to ask where you found that graphic...
Agree 100%. The purpose of the B&M store is evolving and is now more about providing an experience than being a point of sale. The experiential store seems to be the new way to drive online and other channel business and thus can barely break even (or even be a loss leader) because it is part of a bigger picture. This topic comes up all the time in the RL threads; the company makes its money on pony-clad polo shirts, but needs to offer $6k OTR suits as part of a lifestyle...
While I probably wouldn't do a seersucker myself in principal I agree about it being a fun summer option, particularly if I get to go to a lot of BT events and like changing things up (and correct me if I'm wrong, Andy, but some of your pics suggest that you don BT simply because you feel like it, not because it's the prescribed dress code).That seersucker might look cool with white formal trousers, though it takes a certain kind of man (and I'm not him), to rock white...
With two out of three of your jackets (the ivory and the seersucker) I would have no qualms about non-matching trousers; in fact I would expect that when the DJ is made of a color/texture that is not black/midnight wool.
I definitely think that the racing aesthetic will stay, since I'm guessing that comes from RL's love of classic cars. On that note, I highly doubt it would go from "driver" to "mechanic" style. Much of that (in particular, the leather jackets) can probably fit fine into the PL stuff.
Actually, I think you and I are largely saying the same thing. Brand whores bought Armani suits "because it's Armani" (even though others like Canali, Zegna, Belvest make a better $3k suit) and they associate the name with "the best" suits. Nobody makes that association with RL and tailored clothing because of that little (but growing) horse - it's considered "luxury" sportswear when shopping for $100 shirts, not $5k suits. So, it'll be those RL/general men's clothing...
Shouldn't be difficult to find a suitable substitute, now that you know what you're looking for and that they exist. My instinct says to try the other moderately priced English menswear retailers (Aquascutum, TM Lewin, Austin Reed). Good luck.
I think success here comes down to having salespeople who are able to effectively communicate to that $5k suit customer why they are still purchasing something very exclusive. The fact that far fewer retailers sell RL than Armani doesn't hurt, either. At the end of the day, if the customer understands what makes the $5k suit different from the $2k suit, all will be well, and I'd wager that more PL customers fall into this category than Armani customers.
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