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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by boltzmann View Post
How much would you pay for a Paul Smith NWT?

I love Paul Smith suits. Their style fit me really well. In fact, they fit me as well as Dior suits and Ralph Lauren Black Lebel suits. Personally, the quality of these three suits are similar as they are priced almost identical.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by dernier_cri View Post
I know that people here might have wildly varying opinions on Armani Collezioni. What is the fit like? Should I take the plunge on a new one for $600? Is it worth $600? I know it certainly isn't worth the $1800 price tag of retail. Thanks.

At $600, absolutely worth it. Buy one! I own 2 Armani Collezioni suits myself and enjoy them both.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post
Me too! I largely avoid the fashion brands, but these trousers fit pretty dang well and the quality is quite passable. Good overall pants, I purchase several pairs at once if I pass an Armani outlet. I would not spend full retail on them though, but at $100 a pair on some sales, I like I like

Oh, so you're the one who's always snagging them out from under me?

I saw one pair at NM that I absolutely loved but were ridiculously priced at almost $400. They didn't have them in my size and I'm still hunting for them to this day (1.5 years later!). The material was just -fantastic- ! At this point, they've achieved such a grail state in my mind, I'd probably pay full price, certainly I've wasted enough time looking to make it worth ponying up the cash
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Man View Post
I love Paul Smith suits. Their style fit me really well. In fact, they fit me as well as Dior suits and Ralph Lauren Black Lebel suits. Personally, the quality of these three suits are similar as they are priced almost identical.

The quality of them varies wildly. I have seen garbage from Paul Smith. It depends on their price point. The suits that are made well are way more than RLBL. Dior is fairly well made considering it is a designer brand, however they are priced more than RLBL.
post #20 of 23
I have about five AC suits and one Armani BL. Certainly the AC are not the best suits out there, but they fit me quite well, so if it fits you should consider them. However, I would really not pay more than $550 for one. I've gotten all of mine NWT for $550 or less on eBay. I do have two RL Black Label that I've paid $430 and $600 for NWT and they are better quality, so I'd shop around. Make sure it is wool too, AC can be polyester or other synthetics. I've seen them, and they are not good.
post #21 of 23
I have owned an Armani black label for some time now. I dont wear it that much as its flat front and I have grown to dislike flat front pants, but the quality of the garment seems pretty good.

On the flip side, I was given an Armani Collezione tie once. Calling it a total piece of trash is giving it to much credit. With one wearing, the fabric rolled up on itself over the liner, and the rolls resisted all attempts at removal. In a fit I even took a hot iron to it just to see what would happen and to no avail. Own over 100 ties, and never seen this happen before or since.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by razl View Post
Oh, so you're the one who's always snagging them out from under me?

I saw one pair at NM that I absolutely loved but were ridiculously priced at almost $400. They didn't have them in my size and I'm still hunting for them to this day (1.5 years later!). The material was just -fantastic- ! At this point, they've achieved such a grail state in my mind, I'd probably pay full price, certainly I've wasted enough time looking to make it worth ponying up the cash

I have competition for the pants . I dont buy them online or eBay, I just pop into one of the GA outlets outside LA and wait for a sale that makes buying 3/4 pairs worthwhile.

Aye, that is harsh when you see pants you like priced at $400. It just does not make it fun when having to shop at such a ludicrous price - unless of course those pants were some kind of escorial wool / cashmere type fabric that raises the price through the roof.

I have a similar regret when I saw a sportcoat in a wonderful purple / gray blend with faint windowpane. Nicest OTR sportcoat I ever saw, but the material was cashmere, and the price was $5K knocked down to $2.4K. I just could not come to a decision, so decided to get get a coffee and roll a cigarette to think about it. After about 15 minutes of mulling over it, I got decisive and walked back into the store with the notion of purchasing it once and for all. When I went to the rack, the damn sport coat was not there - some other guy purchased it while I was gone. They had nothing hidden in stock, and no other store from which I could order it from!

Im trying to hunt down the fabric and get a decent tailor to make me the coat I want. 1 Year later, I keep drawing blanks - the sales people have no clue what I am talking about, and without pictures of the jacket, it is long gone, long forgotten
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post
I just havent found one that fit me the way I like. Seems the lapel notch is always lower than i prefer.

+1, almost affectedly low, to make some sartorial point. I think its not sleek, and ugly.
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