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post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by Timeless Fashion View Post
Is HF Collection considered mainline? Is it an older line that has been discontinued?

I believe it's half-canvassed like the Ltd line.
post #32 of 54
What is the story with the Hand Tailored line?
What does that compare to in cut?
What does it compare to in quality?
post #33 of 54
As to the initial inquiry:

Two clothing professionals who I respect have said that Hickey Freeman is the best value in the upper tier of mens clothing.

One is my salesman at Oxxford. At prior jobs he has sold all different lines of suits, such HF, Brioni, Oxxford, Graham & Gunn, Kiton, Belvest, etc. The other person owns mens and womens clothing boutiques and sells HF, Kiton, Belvest, Cantarelli, and private label.

I would rate HF as very good for its regular line (the Collection or whatever it is noe called) and the hand tailored line (the Presidential). The Collection is essentially a machine made suit. The Presidential has more hand sewing.

HF's "bridge" line, Limited, is fair and is no different than other offerings at the discount stores. I have heard that it is being phased-out.

Good luck.
post #34 of 54
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Originally Posted by antirabbit View Post
What is the story with the Hand Tailored line?
What does that compare to in cut?
What does it compare to in quality?


The Presidential line is comparable to Oxxford's new 1220 line. The Presidential has less hand sewing than Oxxford's top of the line, Highest Quality.

The Presidential has a full floating canvas, hand sewn buttonholes, hand pick stitching, and hand sewn under-collar, shoulder, and armhole. Its workmanship, from what I could observe in the store, is higher than the regular HF.

I cannot comment on its cut. I do not think that it has a separate model. In MTM you can order any model.
post #35 of 54
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Originally Posted by Mark Seitelman View Post
The Presidential line is comparable to Oxxford's new 1220 line. The Presidential has less hand sewing than Oxxford's top of the line, Highest Quality.

The Presidential has a full floating canvas, hand sewn buttonholes, hand pick stitching, and hand sewn under-collar, shoulder, and armhole. Its workmanship, from what I could observe in the store, is higher than the regular HF.

I cannot comment on its cut. I do not think that it has a separate model. In MTM you can order any model.

Thank you, I am specifically interested in the shoulder treatment and how high the armholes are.
post #36 of 54
I went to the Hickey outlet today. They were running a 50% off sale, plus 20% off additional for clearance, and I think there's a $200 off $1000 deal too. Suits would be around $300-400. Unfortunately, I have too many suits and there was nothing spectacularly tempting (mostly Madison and Ltd., with some Vanguards). I did get to feel a hand-tailored Presidential line 100% cashmere sport coat, and it was amazing.
post #37 of 54
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For anyone who searches this thread: Hickey Freeman was a bad buy. it's a cheap model of suit, especially the canterbury and the nordstroms label. it can be seen here. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=39273
post #38 of 54
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Originally Posted by lynch_king View Post
For anyone who searches this thread: Hickey Freeman was a bad buy.

it's a cheap model of suit, especially the canterbury and the nordstroms label.

it can be seen here.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=39273

I don't believe the thread you link to supports your argument.
post #39 of 54
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Originally Posted by lynch_king View Post
For anyone who searches this thread: Hickey Freeman was a bad buy.

it's a cheap model of suit, especially the canterbury and the nordstroms label.

it can be seen here.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=39273

Wtf, there is nothing in that thread that indicates the suit is a 'cheap model' or a 'bad buy'. It may not have large amounts of handwork but it is certainly not low quality by any sane definition.
post #40 of 54
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Originally Posted by Flimsychicken View Post
^^^ That sounds like an older mainline suit. Canterbury was HF's predecessor to the Madison cut (i.e., a traditional cut). They stopped making it a few years ago. But, I have seen the Canterbury cut on the current gray background label, so it can't be too old.

I think every HF suit I've seen for Nordstroms is a mainline suit.

What color is main inner tag? I think the order of HF tags, in reverse chronological order, is as follows: Gray background with white/silver script (current) > Black with white script (similar looking to the current gray background) > Black with white script and a red line > Black with a white script that says "customized clothiers" (IIRC) > an old looking white or silver label.

I apologize for bumping an old post but I just purchased an older Hickey Freeman 3-piece suit and the tag doesn't match any of those. It is as follows:

Hickey Freeman
customized

*There is a hand with a sewing needle pointing up*

wallachs-- with gold embroidery around it squared

It is a black background with gold script and gold embroidery around everything. It doesn't really matter just interested to know from what time frame it is.
post #41 of 54
I just picked up a HF Madison Sport Coat from Nordstroms Rack - $250.00.

Wonderful jacket, great fit.

Slim cut and high arm holes.
post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by lynch_king View Post
For anyone who searches this thread: Hickey Freeman was a bad buy.

it's a cheap model of suit, especially the canterbury and the nordstroms label.

it can be seen here.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=39273

Care to elaborate? Just curious about the foundation for which you made the above statement.

HF may be a bad buy at $1500, considering with a little effort one can get a RLPL on sale or at least a RLBL at close to retail price. But at the discounts that one buy HF suits, its hard to find a more quality suit, imo.
post #43 of 54
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Originally Posted by Flimsychicken View Post
Care to elaborate? Just curious about the foundation for which you made the above statement.

HF may be a bad buy at $1500, considering with a little effort one can get a RLPL on sale or at least a RLBL at close to retail price. But at the discounts that one buy HF suits, its hard to find a more quality suit, imo.

Flimsychicken did you see my quote asking you a question a few posts up?
post #44 of 54
^^^Not sure about that label. Can you post a picture? I'm a little tied up studying for the bar, so I may not be able to respond right away.
post #45 of 54
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Originally Posted by Flimsychicken View Post
^^^Not sure about that label. Can you post a picture? I'm a little tied up studying for the bar, so I may not be able to respond right away.

Photo:

Good luck on the bar.
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