Good point. But I want something fully canvased and of high quality, with pen pockets and everything. Still, I have never been to a Suit Supply, and now that they have one in DC, I should go check it out for myself.
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Brooks Brothers vs. Suit Supply - Page 5post #62 of 721/4/13 at 9:57amQuote:Originally Posted by baronbvp
First time poster, long time lurker. My biggest frustration with the Milano is that BB doesn't offer it in suit separates. I would try Suit Supply, but again they don't offer separates that fit me. In a perfect world, I wear a 43R jacket and 34S trouser, so separates are a must for me if I buy off the rack - hence my (boxy) JAB Signature Gold Separates.
I have OTR slim-fit fused suits from Macy's, the Alfani Red, and I like them. My Alfani Red fit is a 42R jacket (a little tight when I wash my hands) with a 33 flat-front trouser with a short rise. I tailored the cuffs on the jacket and pants and they fit very well. However, they are inexpensive suits made in India (and one in China) and they won't hold up over time, I don't think. So, I am going to take my best fitting Alfani Red to an MTM guy and get a quality fully-canvased suit that fits me like the suit I already own.
Has anyone else thought of doing something similar if BB and SS aren't quite offering what you need?
doesn't brooks brothers also have a MTM program? Should be easy - tell them the milano jacket size and pants size and say "recreate this"?post #63 of 721/12/13 at 8:16ampost #64 of 722/5/14 at 9:56ampost #65 of 722/5/14 at 10:16amQuote:
Some of their sportcoats are made in Asia, but they typically have a cheaper price tag. Most of the 1818 sportcoats I've looked at have been made in the U.S. or Italy.post #66 of 722/5/14 at 12:51pmpost #67 of 722/5/14 at 1:05pm
Sounds about right for the price point I was talking about. I got a made in Thailand blazer a few years ago that was half canvassed and had a regular price of $450 or so (got it on sale for $225 or so). While the descriptions for the nicer jackets on the website do not seem to say where they are made, I would be surprised if BB stopped making the majority of its 1818 level sportcoats at Lardini and Southwick.post #68 of 722/5/14 at 1:14pmQuote:Originally Posted by New Shoes1
Sounds about right for the price point I was talking about. I got a made in Thailand blazer a few years ago that was half canvassed and had a regular price of $450 or so (got it on sale for $225 or so). While the descriptions for the nicer jackets on the website do not seem to say where they are made, I would be surprised if BB stopped making the majority of its 1818 level sportcoats at Lardini and Southwick.
Thanks for the info.post #69 of 721/11/15 at 8:14am
The biggest difference between the two is quality.
I regularly buy the higher quality, better fitting BB shirts, $120+. These Brooks Brothers shirts in my opinion are the best possible dress shirts the working man can wear. They are highly durable, non-iron, well designed and readily available. Combine that with the customer service I get for returns or issues at Brooks Brothers, I rank it up there with the experience with Nordstrom.
Conversely, I have come to realize that Suitsupply is all flash and no substance. The shirts are low quality material. The experience in store is needlessly condescending and rushed. I have no desire to be looked down upon someone who earns 1/15th of what I do, and will just walk out the door to someone who is enjoyable to shop with. The shirts I purchased I have worn just a few times, and probably wont wear again. The material is so thin and delicate, I am afraid to wear it. And this is their premium shirt. What I have found with Suitsupply is low quality clothing and shopping experience, even though it "looks" premium. And that is their strategy, marketing, image and supposed disruption.
In conclusion, I only go to Brooks Brothers for these shirts. In the office for dress and casual for me its an amalgamation of Sean, RRL, Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, Paul Stuart, Aether, Mizzen and Main & assorted vintage. I work in advertising on the account side, I have to dress nice, but can be creative. I tried Suitsupply on a whim as I was won over by the flash, but I didnt feel the burning on my feet.post #70 of 723/10/15 at 8:53pmI refuse to purchase SuitSupply due to their slutty ad campaigns. Besides my obvious moral opposition, do you really need photos of bare-chested women and near-fornication in order to sling your clothes? Not to mention the Made in China thing. Give me a break.
Just FYI, Gilt presently has 1818 Italian-made Fitzgeralds in a tasteful (by my measure) navy shadow stripe for $535 with coupon. Pretty good price for the quality if the fit is on for you.post #71 of 725/13/16 at 4:12pmQuote:Originally Posted by unclesam099
I don't believe that Chinese production is even close to the quality of American, Italian, English, etc., but also because of political reasons and because I don't believe in "designer" brands.
You should stay away from Suiting Essentials, in my opinion.
The 1818 suits are on sale now for $500 on the clearance page, and many sizes are available, so I think that is unfair that you list them at a higher price. You may assume the 2 for $750 if you want, though.
For what it's worth, I can have a full-canvas suit made to measure by H. Freeman in Maryland for $800 or so. You may find a place that uses Southwick, Hickey Freeman, etc. for a similar price.
@unclesam099 Where in Maryland do you have your made to measure H. Freeman made? I'm in the DC area and might be worth a try.post #72 of 725/14/16 at 8:02pm
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