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post #151 of 157
I have both the BB Regent and a HF B series, and a bit on the heavier side. The B-series is definitely a much fuller cut, as my tailor took in quite a bit on the HF coat (and could probably still go in a bit). However, the BB Regent on me is darn near perfect fit on me. I don't know how the C series fits, but if it's even trimmer then it'd probably be good.
post #152 of 157

I just picked up this HF suit from ebay for $60. It's on it's way in the mail right now, so these are just pictures from the listing. Can anyone tell what kind of line this is? Just hoping it's fully canvassed, like the description says. Can anyone confirm that it's NOT one of the cheaper lines? Hoping I scored a bargain!

 

Thanks in advance. I'm really new to this. This would be my first canvassed suit, my first 3 being fused. 

 

 

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post #153 of 157
My guess is fully canvassed - I've never seen a half-canvassed one with Sak's name on it. Probably from the 90's based on the lapels.
post #154 of 157

I just bought 2 Hickey Freeman Suits. The first one I found at Burlington Coat Factory. It was labeled as a 42L but the fit was almost perfect except for the sleeves being too long. It was made from Loro Piana Super 150's and is charcoal with gold pinstripes. It is a mainline suit that had an MSRP of $1,695. I got it for $175. I will pick it up from the tailor on Friday. I had the sleeves shortened and the pants hemmed. They are flat front trousers and I had them hemmed with no cuff. Total tailoring costs, $37. Total investment in suit, $212. I feel like that was a GREAT deal. 

 

The second suit I picked up today at a thrift store near me. They always have some really nice stuff and a local clothier, Guffey's, donates new custom, MTM, and bespoke garments that were never picked up. Some are AMAZING. I got a Hickey Freeman Jacobson's Boardroom in 42R that looks brand new, I guess it may have been worn once. Here are some pics:

 

A close-up of the pattern. 

 

 

I got this second suit for $6.50. Does anyone know how old this suit is? I had to have the sleeves let out, the trousers were too short, and I asked my tailor to remove the pleats in the pants. The total was $110 and I will pick it up on 1/4/14. $55 of the alteration costs were for the pleat removal. 


Edited by Magician Shaun - 12/28/13 at 11:35am
post #155 of 157

Those gorges look old.

post #156 of 157
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Originally Posted by Magician Shaun View Post

I just bought 2 Hickey Freeman Suits. The first one I found at Burlington Coat Factory. It was labeled as a 42L but the fit was almost perfect except for the sleeves being too long. It was made from Loro Piana Super 150's and is charcoal with gold pinstripes. It is a mainline suit that had an MSRP of $1,695. I got it for $175. I will pick it up from the tailor on Friday. I had the sleeves shortened and the pants hemmed. They are flat front trousers and I had them hemmed with no cuff. Total tailoring costs, $37. Total investment in suit, $212. I feel like that was a GREAT deal. 

The second suit I picked up today at a thrift store near me. They always have some really nice stuff and a local clothier, Guffey's, donates new custom, MTM, and bespoke garments that were never picked up. Some are AMAZING. I got a Hickey Freeman Jacobson's Boardroom in 42R that looks brand new, I guess it may have been worn once. Here are some pics:




A close-up of the pattern. 




I got this second suit for $6.50. Does anyone know how old this suit is? I had to have the sleeves let out, the trousers were too short, and I asked my tailor to remove the pleats in the pants. The total was $110 and I will pick it up on 1/4/14. $55 of the alteration costs were for the pleat removal. 

It is probably a mid 90s suit based on the lapels/gorge.
post #157 of 157

I am new to the site, have read a lot of the other comments about HF and wanted to post based on my recent HF suit buying experience for those who are thinking of buying a HF suit.

 

I have several HF suits (models Madison and Edwards -full canvas construction which would generally fall into the Mahogany Collection in today's HF line) and find that they are equal to any high-end off the rack suit (such as Zegna, Canali or Corneliani which I also own) in terms of quality of fabric and construction.  The HF suits are classic business suits.  I bought the HF suits at sample sales a few years ago.  The Edwards suits are 3 button "Hand Tailored" suits that had a retail price of $2,995 at the time, while the Madison suits are 2 button-some with Loro Piana super 130s fabric, that had a retail price of $1,295 at the time.  The HF Madison suits were left overs from various stores such as Barney's, and had those retailer names sewn in as part of the HF label.  The HF Madison is no longer in production.  Instead I found that Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom currently sell the HF Beacon which is in the B Series of the Mahogany Collection.  I went to the store and tried on the suits.  The HF Beacon suit is a classic modern business suit with flat front pants, full canvas construction with a retail price starting at $1,495-$1,595 for the Loro Piana super 150s fabric.

 

I have been waiting for a HF sample sale for years but there has not been any.  I think I know why--HF is selling directly to discount retailers, such a Neiman Marcus Last Call, Off Fifth/Saks, Nordstrom Rack, Gilt, Sierra Trading Post.  I know this because I just bought a few from Neiman Marcus Last Call for $419 a suit and believed I was going to get a suit similar to the HF Madison suits I own.  The NMLC website said the suit it is selling "compare" to ones sold for $1,495 --which is the floor retail price of HF Beacon suits at Neiman Marcus.  When I received the suits I noticed that the model was "Lindsey"on the tag inside the jacket and the sleeve tag.

 

I checked the HF website and did not see the name "Lindsey" in the Mahogany collection. Even under the Sterling Collection which is half-canvas, I didn't see the name Lindsey.  I called HF customer service and confirmed that the HF Lindsey is a suit made for the off-retail distribution channels. Depending on the retailer that buys this Lindsey suit from HF, the suit may be half canvased (the ones I bought were based on my local tailor checking the suit out) or just a floating chest piece.  

 

While the fit of the Lindsay was a modern fit of the Madison for me (flat front pants, shorter jacket), and the fabric was just fine, I returned the suits because I think I can do better for the money.  With shipping, tax and tailoring the HF Lindsey suit would have cost me around $550/suit.  I just bought Brooks Brothers 1818 suits on clearance, one with Saxxon Wool another with Italian super 110s and think those suits at $550-600 are a better value in terms of over all quality, style and fit for me.  

 

The HF customer service agent said that while the HF Lindsey suit was made in the USA and was probably half-canvas it does not have the "bells and whistles" of the Mahogany Collection.  This is clearly the case with the buttons, inside lining and the fabric in general.  I would compare the HF Lindsey suit to a Jos A Bank Signature Gold suit (which I also own).  The HF Lindsey suit is a nice, every day, business suit.  While the fit, fabric and construction were fine for $419, I did not like the fact that NMLC had the $1,495 retail price associated with this suit.  Finally, I spoke with a representative at two of the NMLC stores in 2 different states.  They both confirmed what the HF customer service agent told me.  I also asked when does Neiman Marcus send the left over HF Beacon suits to NMLC, and both agents told me rarely, if ever.  

 

So unless you get lucky at an off price retailer, don't think you are buying the "real deal" Hickey Freeman Mahogany Collection suit for $400-500.  You are getting a good HF Lindsey model or something else made for that discounted retailer. It seems to me the only way to buy the HF Beacon suit for less than $1,495 retail price is to buy it when a department store runs a sale --unless you get really lucky browsing in person one of the discount retailers.  I say in person because the web sites of all of these discount retailers are less than clear in terms of what you are getting and the customer service agents really don't know more than what is posted on these blogs.

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