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There are some fully canvassed 1818 jackets but the ones I've seen online are imported (e.g. China).

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the cheaper chinese travel suits are, or were, full as well.
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At the moment the only two suits I own are the J. Crew Ludlow in Charcoal (medium-ish gray, really) and the J. Crew Factory Thompson in Navy, both in wool. Obviously these suits are more fashion forward -- shorter jackets, slim lapels, etc. Also, the colors are not really true navy and charcoal. 

 

They have served me well so far, but in the near future I will likely need a suit or two for more conservative settings. The sale on BB 1818 suits is enticing because of the price. I'd be willing to purchase 2 suits during this sale, but normally I have a hard time justifying the usual $1000 retail price of one suit.

 

In the past I have not been able to find cuts that work well for me at Suit Supply or eHaberdasher, and I don't want to shell out money for MTM right now. Given my circumstances, is it worth it to take advantage of this Brooks Brothers sale?

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SuSu has 10 million different cuts, but if you really can't find one that works, BB @ $600 isn't a bad choice. Stay away from the Madison cuts unless you want to look like a fat middle manager.
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

SuSu has 10 million different cuts, but if you really can't find one that works, BB @ $600 isn't a bad choice. Stay away from the Madison cuts unless you want to look like a fat middle manager.



Thanks. Agreed re: the Madison cuts. Do you think the Milano is too similar to the others I linked to in my previous post? Essentially what I'm looking to buy now--to be completely honest--are two suits that could work for both high-profile entertainment industry events and meetings in Washington D.C. The catch is that I'm a young guy (just under 30) and can't spring for super expensive suits :)

 

For what it's worth, I'm 6'1 and approx. 175 lbs. I wear 34" trousers because I have wider hips and thighs, but my jacket size is usually 38 or 39.

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I think the Milano is a completely conventional suit with a slightly too narrow (but still OK) lapel width. If it didn't have a BB label, people would consider it mainstream.

The Fitzgerald cut manages to make me, and most other fit guys, look fat without a bunch of work. You can see it in many of the model photographs. You might try the Regent. It has a more athletic cut, which doesn't work for me - I can't wear padded or structured shoulders since my deltoids and traps are highly developed for my size.

All in all, I'm not a fan of the USA made 1818 suits. You might try to find one of the Italian made (Lardini) 1818's. They're softer and the shoulder is less bad.

Honestly, this is all stuff that needs to be figured out due to trial and error. I have a bunch of mediocre quality, bad fitting, BB suits that I bought before I knew what to look for. It's a right of passage!
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

I think the Milano is a completely conventional suit with a slightly too narrow (but still OK) lapel width. If it didn't have a BB label, people would consider it mainstream.

The Fitzgerald cut manages to make me, and most other fit guys, look fat without a bunch of work. You can see it in many of the model photographs. You might try the Regent. It has a more athletic cut, which doesn't work for me - I can't wear padded or structured shoulders since my deltoids and traps are highly developed for my size.

All in all, I'm not a fan of the USA made 1818 suits. You might try to find one of the Italian made (Lardini) 1818's. They're softer and the shoulder is less bad.

Honestly, this is all stuff that needs to be figured out due to trial and error. I have a bunch of mediocre quality, bad fitting, BB suits that I bought before I knew what to look for. It's a right of passage!


Thanks again for the helpful feedback!

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Anybody ever try one of the "custom" suits? Basically off the rack but you get to pick a few things (lapel edge, jacket pocket style, lining color, etc.)?

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/designyourown/designyourown,default,pg.html?lid=topnav-menu

I'm thinking they can't be all that good if they are only $648, the same price as the BrooksCool suits
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They're the same construction method as the brookscool, which is actually pretty decent, and might be full canvassed (the bcool ones are).
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Thanks. I'm shocked that the BrooksCool suits are fully canvassed now. I have one from a six or seven years back and I'm pretty sure it's fused. But you're right, the website says they're now fully canvassed. So the BrooksCool suits are fully canvassed and yet a lot of the more expensive 1818 suits are half-canvassed? Odd
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By the way, I looked a bit further into the "custom" and when you've made your selections, it gives you a bit more info and says the custom suit is half canvas.
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Thanks. I'm shocked that the BrooksCool suits are fully canvassed now. I have one from a six or seven years back and I'm pretty sure it's fused. But you're right, the website says they're now fully canvassed. So the BrooksCool suits are fully canvassed and yet a lot of the more expensive 1818 suits are half-canvassed? Odd

BrooksCool & "Custom" are made in China; 1818 are made in USA & Italy.
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BrooksCool & "Custom" are made in China; 1818 are made in USA & Italy.

Ignoring fabric differences I think the make of the chinese BC suits is superior to the southwick 1818. They wear less like a suit of armor.
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If you guys are talking about the "Suiting Essentials" suits, then I went in today and ordered a khaki cotton suit since they were 40% off, along with the OTR suits and sportcoats. I was told these are 1/2 canvassed and made in Thailand.

In case you're interested I chose a size 37 Fitzgerald jacket with pick stitched lapels, patch pockets and side vents. Trousers are size 33 Milano with brace buttons and will arrived unfinished to allow cuffs at the proper inseam length to be added. Basic alterations come at no additional cost, but this jacket/trouser combination worked out so well on me that I'm hoping no alterations will be necessary.
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I have a brookscool in navy, which I think is fantastic in the summer. I want to get a gray one.  And, maybe, a tan one. I can wear the navy and gray one on those odd hot fall days.  The tan would be relegated to summer-only duty, which is why I am hesitating. My navy one is made in thailand or china.

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