Hi, I'm Andrew. I found the site while searching for information about Tom Cruise's suit in Collateral, and I ended up in a great thread that was just what I was looking for (http://www.styleforum.net/t/7771/tom-cruise-collateral-suit). I like what you're doing here.
I saw the thread on thrift/value purchases and was going to post these pics there, but the introduction thread seemed more appropriate.
My favorite suit belonged to my Dad until he gave it to me when I was in high school, about 16 years ago. It's a Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece 3-piece in charcoal, with faint gray pinstripes. It's from the 1970s (!). Click for giant size.
The suit looks and feels amazing, and now that I think about it I've worn it occasionally through high school, college, law school, law practice, and up through the present day. I wear it more now because I finally had it tailored properly a couple of years ago and the difference in feel was dramatic.
The labels are all gone from falling off without being replaced except for a small, partially visible label sewn into one of the pockets from the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. They merged with another union under a different name in 1976, and so that is the youngest the suit could possibly be. I can probably get an exact date from the series code if I unsew the pocket lining, but other than knowing it's from before I was born I don't really need to know. I love it, and while there are a couple of damaged areas that were repaired at varying levels of quality, I don't care because it means a lot to me :)
Anyway, it's great to be here. I'm a fan of Brooks Brothers and Alden, otherwise I don't know much about clothes.
Edited by andrewwatters - 12/1/12 at 12:23pm