Horace, Â Â My first H Freeman suits date to 1988-9.With age I've grown a little larger and they no longer fit. The oldest one that still fits is from 1993 Â and I still wear it along with others more recent. Â Â I took the one I just got from STP to the tailor today for basic alterations and so I can't Â compare them exactly because I just didn't closely look at areas that Â are illustrative of fine workmanship for example interior of the pants buttonholes etc. Â The fabric of the new one has Â the same hand as one of similar materail from the mid 90s. Both chests are soft have a stich attached chest piece but I don't know whether they were hand or machine stiched. In feel the chests are similar to Hickey Freeman, Â JohnieNorman3's comment Â is right on point. Â Â Â The lapels of the new one did not feel as soft as my ones from the Mid 90s Â but I did not examine closly enough to tell if this is because some fusing was used. Interestingly enough Â I Â just Â looked in my basement and found a late 80's H Freeman Â single breasted peak lapel blazer I hope to fit into again one day and the lapels feel the same as the new one. Â Â The lapels Â on the new one are very nicely pickstiched. In short because the new suit is"t in front of me I can't give you a better comparison, and since we don't know how old the STP suit Â I can't say whether it is the same as those just off the line. Â Â Â I bought a few Oritsky and Corbins from STP recently andwhile they used to have machine stiched canvas they are now fully fused. I bring this up because Oritsky and Corbin were purchased by the same corp. that purchased H Freeman. of course they also purchased Oxxford and have not lowered Quality at all. If the STP suit is Â the same as what is made Â today then if quality has been lowered it is only marginally. The STP suit is damn nice and the best deal I'v found in some years.
Thanks Ark, for the update. The Freeman's would indeed seem to be a good deal. Â I've got older (but not that old only say 10 years or less) Corbin and Ortisky suits & coats that were pretty good quality -- not fused. Â Though I'm not a fanatic about it either way. Â Nor does it really matter to me on something like an off-the-rack suit whether the canvas is handsewn or machine-sewn. I take that back: I like the tan suit. Too bad there isn't a solid. Those 2 button suits look like what was and still is sold in a lot of the little Ivy shops still around. It's my favorite silhouette. Much more so than the 3 button sack or the more extremely suppressed suits from across the pond.