I spent all of yesterday store hopping in downtown Seattle looking for a Charcoal suit for an awards event I have coming up.
I visited Nordstrom's Flagship store, JCrew, Brook's Brothers and Suit Supply. I effectively told the sales associates I worked with that budget was not an issue and that I was focused purely on finding the best fitting charcoal suit.
Nordstrom's kept trying to put me in Hugo Boss, which was awful, and finally had me try on some of the superior options (RLBL, etc..) which all failed to fit properly. Part of that is likely that the associate was, for lack of a better word, terrible and couldn't figure out how to fit my frame. I have very, very broad shoulders and a slim waist; 6'0, 180, 33-inch waist on pants.
Brook's Brothers put me in some nice suits and I ended up having them hold an 1818 Fitz 42R. The pants and jacket needed a LOT of work and they really wanted to put shoulder pads in it.
JCrew was weird service and nothing popped.
Suit Supply immediately moved me to a 40R, then a 40L in their sizes. The 40L Napoli Charcoal with the white thread run through it (I have to appreciate that they put me in one of their cheapest suits despite saying I was looking more around $1,200) and it was a ridiculously good fit. I could have walked out the store with no tailoring and it would have looked very sharp. I hear the functioning buttonholes can be a problem for sleeve alterations but the sleeves were spot-absolutely-on for me in the long as was the actual length. The back needs to be tailored a bit as I have prominent shoulder blades and it creates a crease, but this suit had the least of it of all the suits I tried on.
$499 for a half canvas that felt really nice quality, even compared to the much higher tagged BB/RLBL/HF/Canali stuff I tried. And just an awesome fit. I also appreciate the color of the charcoal, they nailed what I was looking for in an off-charcoal better than the BB Fitz (which was shadowed but just a touch too much for me.)
Also by far the least judgmental sales staff. My friend and I were just wearing bargain-found dress for her and jeans/sweater for me; no expensive jewelry/watches/etc.. and we definitely got lowballed at Nordstrom's, BB was still aloof, JCrew was odd but the guys at Suitsupply just didn't care what we were wearing and they didn't try to sell me a more expensive suit than what fit best.
I'm going back today to purchase and get it tailored, so I'll repost on here when I have more details on how the tailoring and actual wearing at the event goes.