Originally Posted by Diavolo
You're right about all of this but my only point was Corneliani does have some input, which is more than Men's Warehouse, JAB etc can claim.
I think it's obvious why sellers lie about the price. Wouldn't be very appealing to say here's a suit which is worth $320 and I will see it to you for $300. It's a bit naive to take all that seriously and get upset.
If you can do a Kiton lookalike for $600 you should expect an onslaught of orders so good luck.
I think the consensus is that Baroni makes one of the best, if not the best, suits out there that can be regularly had for $300. And that's great if all you really want is a $300 suit. But this argument over the best $300 dollar suit is like trying to determine whether Rockport or Stacy Adams makes the better $50 dress shoe, and some people are getting all crazy and saying their cobbler told them that their Rockports are better than Aldens and other $400 shoes. Moreover, if Baroni is only half canvas, we should be comparing them to other half-canvas suits like Brooks Bros 1818 line, which can be had fairly regularly on clearance or during one of their sales at around $400-600, but with nicer fabrics.
It's all about what value point you want to be at. Some people on this forum scoff at Allen Edmonds, but I personally don't see why I'd ever spend more for a pair of non-cordovan shoes because I'm satisfied with the styling and quality of AE. While I may be happy with the value I get from AE, I'm not going to try and tell someone that AE is equivalent to Lobb, C&J, or G&G.
I'm sure what Tony meant was that he could give you the construction details he mentioned for starting price of $600. I'm pretty sure that a lot of what goes into the price of a Kiton, however, is the fabric. So to do an accurate Kiton replica would probably be closer to the $6,000 end of the range Tony quoted.