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Does Loro Piana makes suits?  or just fabric?

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Does anyone know?
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They make custom suits only. Not clear if the work is done in house, though. They cost a pretty penny -- $4000 or so, I think. Not well thought of on this board, because the house style is pretty much what you are forced to go with.
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As a quick side bar, when I was picking out fabric for my suit w Raphael, he made a point to steer me away from Loro Piana. He said that he would use it if I wanted it, but the fabric is not up to the standard of say Lesser. In particular, he said that LP fabric has only one cross thread vs two, and therefore doesnt hold up as well to lateral stresses that you find at the knee and seat.
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Loro Piana also has a booming sportswear business right now. They are the Kiton of sportswear.
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The custom are really really nice.
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As a quick side bar, when I was picking out fabric for my suit w Raphael, he made a point to steer me away from Loro Piana.  He said that he would use it if I wanted it, but the fabric is not up to the standard of say Lesser.  In particular, he said that LP fabric has only one cross thread vs two, and therefore doesnt hold up as well to lateral stresses that you find at the knee and seat.
Not every knowledgeable person is so negative. I posed more or less that question to a SR tailor who was quick to show a few books that he liked. "Of course, sir, some of it is just rubbish. But these are rather nice." Just the same, I'll bet that there would have been no qualification on his opinion of Lesser.
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They make custom suits only.  Not clear if the work is done in house, though.  
LP is always changing their bespoke contract. At one time it was Isaia (so was the shirt), and another time something different entirely. At LP, you are basically using a LP fabric for a MTM/bespoke suit from highend handmade factories (like Isaia, etc.).
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I recently added a custom made (step up from made to measure, step down from Bespoke) to my line. I am dealing with a Canadian distributor of Loro Piana fabrics. The fabric is very nice. I make the suits for less than $2000. Damon
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I recently added a custom made (step up from made to measure, step down from Bespoke) to my line.
What exactly do you define each of these three terms as? And who are you?
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I recently added a custom made (step up from made to measure, step down from Bespoke) to my line. I am dealing with a Canadian distributor of Loro Piana fabrics. The fabric is very nice. I make the suits for less than $2000. Damon
I'm curious too as to the difference between custom and bespoke.
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Originally Posted by damonallan,May 01 2005,22:04
I recently added a custom made (step up from made to measure, step down from Bespoke) to my line. I am dealing with a Canadian distributor of Loro Piana fabrics. The fabric is very nice.  I make the suits for less than $2000. Damon
I'm curious too as to the difference between custom and bespoke.
No difference, except that in marketing "custom" is sometimes diluted to mean "sort of different from OTR but not exactly as you want it."   As long as everyone is upfront about what is being sold, no real problem.  But it does create unnecessary confusion. And it coarsens the language by obscuring meaning, making the life of an informed citizen even more difficult than it already is.
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Damon Allan: It would be helpful to let the board know who you are regarding , location, expereince, type of product you make, etc. the custom claim term is as posted no problem so long as the customer knows what level of sercive and product is being provided on the range of otr to bespoke.
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Realise it’s an old thread, but I thought id comment…
 
I recently bought a superfine 130 merino wool loro piana suit.  Have had lots of compliments from people… of course amazingly It crosses that thin line where it is a loro piana cloth suit…as opposed to a branded suit.  I got it from a Swedish firm indumenti.se , and frankly was very impressed.
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Love suits with Loro Piana fabrics. Many makers are using LP today, so it's becoming easier to find. You really can't lump them all together either. I have 3 suits all made with different kinds of LP fabric - the more traditional 130s, a New Zealander 150s merino wool and and a super fine 170s and you can really tell the difference in the fabric of the 170s over the 130s.

 

Most upscale clothiers I've been to lately seem to have LP swatches available.

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