I just received the PRL tux mentioned by stant62 and am considering it vis-a-vis the Hugo Boss Cary Grant. In terms of construction, the Italian-made, half-canavased PRL is superior to the Turkish, fused HB--as reflected by their respective retail prices of $1595 and $795. Since I got each of them for about $600 and the PRL fits better, the choice should be obvious--but like the original poster I am put off by the side vents...and the pocket flaps...and the plastic buttons. As several of you have already noted, I can have the vents closed and the flaps removed, but I'm especially perplexed by the buttons because (so far as I can tell) this DJ usually has grosgrain-covered buttons (SB + sleeves). It came directly from a RL distro center and, apart from the buttons and the vestigial model name "Fairbanks" (now reserved for RL youth tuxedos), it is indistinguishable from the Polo SB classic peaked-lapel currently for sale on the RL website. I suppose I can have the buttons replaced, but I worry about the integrity of the fabric given the weight of the thread currently attaching the plastic buttons. So my question is much the same as that originally posed: should I keep the PRL with the idea that I can convert it to a more conventional DJ or the BOSS, which is prêt-à-porter (albeit a bit shiny and stiff looking for my taste)?
The buttons are an easier fix than either of the others; no actual alterations are required. But as has also been stated, it's not "wrong" to have non-covered buttons on a tuxedo and RL does so on all of its lines; even a $5k+ RLPL tux will have them (unless made to order and specified otherwise).