Stopped by Filenes Basement on the way home from work yesterday. Saw a suit by Aquascutum with a Made in USA tag in it. Strange because in their Boston store all they have is made in Portugal fused garb. THis suit was a navy blue with a very fine light blue pinstripe spaced about 1.5 inches apart -- a suit pattern I've really been wanting. It was FULLY CANVASSED, which surprised me very much. Retail tag on the sleeve with the item number, etc. said "Super 100s." Whether that means it is 100s, or rather something at 100 or above I don't know. But it felt damn silky smooth for a 100s -- felt more like a 120s to me for sure. It was only $299 (Retail on the Filene's tag said $950), and the fit was perfect for my body. And, though obviously not a lot of handwork in it aside from the full canvassing and the lapels (the canvas lapels were blind stitched, I think, so I don't know if that means the stitching was machine done; they have a decent roll, but nothing like an Oxxford, etc. of course), $299 seemed great deal for something I really needed, especially if I'm going to splurge on one of the Borrelli's coming in. Does anyone know who makes this suit? My intuition is that either Hilton, Hickey, or Greenfield makes it, because those are the only American makers I know of who still do full canvassing.
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6/5/04 at 10:50am