Mystery Brooks Brothers Suit on Rue La La?
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By the way, how you can tell by the tags where it was manufactured?
Or this one (Greenfield):
Hi everyone. First post.
I need advice on which Brooks Brothers suit is better, a de-labeled/recalled/liquidated/mystery Southwick Golden Fleece, or a proper 1818 for $50 more. I bought them both on Rue La La and only plan to keep one.
1) The de-labeled Golden Fleece is full canvas, navy with a subtle pinstripe. It's definitely one of the Southwick-made ones, like the one described in the uptowndandy posts above. Tag at the neck says Hand Tailored in USA of Imported Fabric; inside breast says Luxury Fabrics by Cavendish, Made in England; tag towards bottom says Full Canvas. The white tag says "Professional Dry CleanOnly, Low Moisture Steam Press" and looks just like this Southwick one: http://www.styleforum.net/t/243159/when-is-the-next-brooks-brothers-sale/2625#post_5771855. But the main label just says "Brooks Brothers Established 1818."
I paid $450.
I paid $500 ($50 more than the delabeled GF).
They seem to both fit me ok. I think the delabeled GF fits a tad better, the pants at least. I'm going to take the one I keep to a proper tailor to have it fitted.
I need to return one--which would you keep? I would think a full canvas (for $50 less) is a better deal than the half canvas 1818. OTOH, solid navy (the 1818) is nice, and appears to be less common to find on sale from my limited experience sale hunting. And I'm not sure if these delabeled/recalled GFs are really of GF quality or not. Whereas the 1818 seems to be (correct me if I'm wrong!) a proper 1818, not a recalled or irregular item, so it might be of better overall quality.
Any advice? Thanks!
Edit: I just realized there may something more important that makes my decision easy. I'm building a new wardrobe, and am new at this. My other suit is a charcoal with a subtle pinstripe. From reading around, it seems I should start my wardrobe with a solid (navy), not a pinstripe. Thoughts?
Edited by magreen - 12/22/13 at 8:20am