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Originally Posted by Todd V View Post

Mike ,

Will the epaulet sportcoats be possible in short lengths?

And...can we nag you for odd size Doyle's on the standard fabrics?
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Originally Posted by John Grady Cole View Post

Hey Mike, possibly too early to tell, but do you see the sport coat eventually being available for MTO/factory finds type fabrics?

Hey guys,

So, the EPLA sportcoat is designed to be an original product, which fills a niche that I think is under-served.

We have a strong business with LBM1911, but the jackets aren't cheap. And next season the MSRP for most of them will start at $700. They have great construction and beautiful fabrics, but they do skew towards the casual side.

The idea on the EPLA sportcoat is to create a US-made alternative. We can't equal the construction of the Italian pieces, but I think that we can deliver a good part of the overall feel and style, and do so at a little bit north of $200 for basic fabrics. Right now, the only US-made pieces that I see in this vein are the sportcoat-ish pieces from Engineered Garments. I want to make a better fitting and better constructed item than those at about half the price. We'll have a proper lapel roll and a great shoulder/chest fit. We're going to work functional interior pockets into it.

It will very much represent the "Los Angeles" side of our collection. If New York is true tailored pieces like the Weller and Vittorio, the LA is going to be this more casual and washed piece. It's going to be a killer item and a fantastic value! That said, the way that it's manufactured will give it some restrictions:

1) We'll have to stick to a specific range of fabric weights. This sportcoat will not be fused or canvassed, so it won't work well with lightweight fabrics like hopsack or tropical wool. We'll use thicker items like duck canvas, corduroy, and mid-weight moleskin. Melton is probably going to be too thick, as we won't be able to finish the armhole properly. But something like our UK Donegal Tweed would work. I know that the factory can work perfectly with cotton (they make the Doyle), but I'll need to test how they handle wool pieces before we go forward with that.

2) It's not being made at a tailored clothing house, so there unfortunately won't be any factory finds for it - we'll have to supply all of the fabrics ourselves. And it will be washed and/or dyed, so we'll need to make them in batches, and therefore we can't do individual MTO's. We should be able to swing this odd-size group buy idea, but like this first run of Doyles, it would probably take about 12 weeks for the first run to be delivered, as they have to hash out the patternwork for all of the odd and extended sizes. True Shorts and Longs would require some really extensive patternwork, so they're probably not realistic any time soon. But as this is a more casual piece (like the Doyle) it might not be such an issue. Our Doyle customers have a wide range of heights, and it still works.

Of course, we'll still have all of these special features (MTO, Factory Finds, Short/Long, etc) on our Southwick collection - and we're going to massively expand the options for that line. You'll be able to order 2 and 3 piece suits in a huge range of fabrics.
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Was it ever mentioned whether or not the EPLA sport coat will have functional button holes or not? Some thing tells me this is going to be a sport coat that wants you to roll the sleeves every now and again.
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^ Sounds nice but also sounds like something that blows up that price point pretty fast.
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Originally Posted by Louys View Post

Was it ever mentioned whether or not the EPLA sport coat will have functional button holes or not? Some thing tells me this is going to be a sport coat that wants you to roll the sleeves every now and again.

No it won't. It will have a basic sportcoat cuff hem with two buttons. That way it can be easily shortened if need be.
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

No it won't. It will have a basic sportcoat cuff hem with two buttons. That way it can be easily shortened if need be.
Thank you. I've backed out of buying so many lower-cost casual jackets because the cuffs were functional.


Also, maiden voyage for this beast. Every bit as great as I had hoped.

This was the one that I was worried about sneaking past my wife, but now it is her favorite jacket out of all that I own.

We've heard about EPLA, Southwick, and LBM... what about Sammy? Will there be more jackets in the future?
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What's the timeline for the EPLA sport coat? Sounds awesome!
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

No it won't. It will have a basic sportcoat cuff hem with two buttons. That way it can be easily shortened if need be.

Thank you for this - I have short arms and always have to pass on jackets with finished sleeves. I'm not as much of a fan of the EPLA products as the EPNY products, but this is something that I'm sure to try out.

Mike, if you can, would you be able to give us an idea of what sweaters you plan on stocking this fall? I waited on getting a hardie cardigan last year for too long, and by the time I was ready to spend the funds they were all gone. Even if you don't plan on stocking this again, I'm hoping to make an early purchase and would love to know what you've got planned for sweaters...

Thanks again for these updates.
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Originally Posted by Beav View Post

Thank you for this - I have short arms and always have to pass on jackets with finished sleeves. I'm not as much of a fan of the EPLA products as the EPNY products, but this is something that I'm sure to try out.

Mike, if you can, would you be able to give us an idea of what sweaters you plan on stocking this fall? I waited on getting a hardie cardigan last year for too long, and by the time I was ready to spend the funds they were all gone. Even if you don't plan on stocking this again, I'm hoping to make an early purchase and would love to know what you've got planned for sweaters...

Thanks again for these updates.

Very cool! Yes, I'm a firm believer in non-working buttons for OTR pieces - we have that on every branded and co-branded jacket that we offer.

Even the Vittorio. And believe me, Italian dudes WANT those buttons to work. That was a bit of a fight.

For sweaters, we'll have both the Hardie Cardigan again (I believe in Navy and Tobacco), and our "Heirloom Cardigan" made by Northern Watters Knitters in Canada will return again. We'll also do a smattering of Scottish crewnecks and shawl pullovers too. From the LA side, we'll do heavyweight fleece crewnecks and hoodies. They'll be plenty to go around.
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Originally Posted by adamha21 View Post

What's the timeline for the EPLA sport coat? Sounds awesome!

I should get a sample this week which (hopefully) is the final one. I'll report back once it arrives. Once we approve the final sample, we'd be about 6 weeks out from the first delivery. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by FLW View Post

Thank you. I've backed out of buying so many lower-cost casual jackets because the cuffs were functional.
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Also, maiden voyage for this beast. Every bit as great as I had hoped.

This was the one that I was worried about sneaking past my wife, but now it is her favorite jacket out of all that I own.

We've heard about EPLA, Southwick, and LBM... what about Sammy? Will there be more jackets in the future?

Whoa, that looks boss! Glad that you're enjoying it! And yes sir, we'll have a few new Samuelsohn styles this Fall.
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What's the MTO Trouser Deposit item on the site for? Do I need to use that to buy MTO?
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Mike -- do you have an ETA on the new Southwick MTO program? I'm anxious to order a suit or two for fall!
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Originally Posted by Todd V View Post

Mike -- do you have an ETA on the new Southwick MTO program? I'm anxious to order a suit or two for fall!

+1

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couldn't you just make the jackets unfinished sleeves, and we have a tailor  put on the buttons ourselves? that way you don't have to fight with the italians, and we can choose if we want functional/non-functional cuffs?

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As someone with no intention of going to a tailor solely to complete a sleeve, I wouldn't agree. It's a sub-$200 jacket.
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Hey Mike will the EPLA sportcoat be washable?
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