Originally Posted by Gibberish
My suit does have the tag and is "Jospeh Abboud Collections" and not JOE.
From reading through many of the threads here that is what I have concluded as well, any suit below $1,000 doesn't deserve a second look. I would love to be in that class of dress but sadly I don't have the bankroll for it. I'm going to go look around a bit more but won't take the Abboud back unless I find something.
One question, I've looked through all the pinned/sticky threads and didn't find a single topic on suit brands hierarchy. Many posts mention "X brand is better then Y but can't compete with Z" but has anyone with the knowledge created a hierarchy list for new enthusiasts?
Don't really listen to the groupthink on here with brands, even more so when the bankroll can't support MTM or OTR Kiton buys. Something that is non-SF approved is most likely going to be what you end up with, and remember many of the most vocal haters of the "cheap" suits are the actual minority around here, they just have a loud voice due to their time spent on here.
There is plenty to be had for low prices if you look around, and three of my best suits are the Hickey Freeman I mentioned above, a Hickey Freeman Vanguard and a Valentino. The latter two were bought on the FS section, again for pennies on the dollar.
I am not sure what the budget you are working with is at the moment but another one to consider the Tommy Hilfiger line at Macy's. Another one that gets snobbed on here at SF but for the money they are cut sharply and decent material as long as you get a 100% wool model. The grey 3P model they sell is quite handsome IMHO. Macy's in in perpetual sale mode so the whole thing can be had for under $300 if you find the right sale, and it comes in separates which might minimize tailoring.
Personally I would look away from "brands" and look for construction like half and full canvasing, 100% wool, and blends like 95% wool and 5% cashmere. At the lower price points unless you find a deal like my HF, canvasing is going to be hard to find so you will want to focus on fit and wool. Get something with high arm holes and no synthetic fibers. Stay away from Express....some of the patterns look ok and the fit is right in the store but they die after a few cleanings. I bought one for a beater to wear to college formals and boozy events, after five trips to the cleaners in two years the shoulder bubbled so badly that it is useless.
H&M might be good as well, if you are near a larger market store where they sell full suits.