$2400 might be a little too much for me. Â The Paul Stuart deals sound like a great bargain to me. Â What is the exact difference between cordovan and brown? Â Is it a darker shade of brown? Â Also, what shirts do you recommend without going into the $100+ range? Â I'm leaning towards getting one of the suit brands stated in this post. Â Just need to find a good deal before buying. Â I could never afford retail.
Cordovan actually means two things; Color - reddish, oxblood, merlot, etc. More properly, however, cordovan refers to the leather made to make some shoes, which has lots of great unique properties, but also makes it expensive ($400+ a pair). I was referring to the color - the reddish brown, which goes with navy, grey, black, tan, etc. And be sure to get a belt to match. (Also, you can get good shoes, Cole-Haan or similar, at the discount stores I mentioned above - this can *definitely* be worth it, since there's not a lot of service or tailoring that goes on even when you pay full price for Cole-haans either) Shirts - go with whatever works for you - but get measured, and find out your size. You can usually get deals when you buy several at a time. Also, if you're in the city, consider going to Carl at CEGO.com - who'll make custom starting at around $80. (I'm taking the plunge the next time I save up enough - probably this fall). Otherwise, for RTW, I'd look at The Shirt Store, Charles Tyrwhitt, Brooks Brothers, and the Nordstrom in house stuff isn't half-bad either if you can get it on sale.