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post #46 of 51
$650 for a half-canvassed suit, in a colour you like, in a style that flatters and fits? Buy it, and suffer no false buyer's remorse.

You generally pay more for retail, but you pay for convenience and for the surety that you purchase something that you like and fits you.

As the discussion above noted, whilst there are deals out there, it can be false economy because you may compromise on colour, style or fit for the sake of a cheaper price. Also, you are in no way, shape or form being asked to put your wallet in your mouth, grit your teeth and bend over for $650 for half-canvass from J Crew at retail.

In London, that's the price (at market spot exchange rate and sale price) that I bought my half-canvass suit at retail!

FWIW, the "Good, cheap, fast" maxim is a variant of the Project Management one: quality, cost, time - pick two.
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by redboat View Post

In terms of who I am: 54 year old research engineer (PhD) trying to make a career change from one industry to another. I rarely wear suits, so it's good to learn from other's experience.

My apologies for assuming you were an undergrad! 80% of the time when someone is asking about buying a suit for interviews, they are in that demographic.
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by redboat View Post

The J Crew suit I am considering is half canvassed and uses fabric from Lanificio di Tollegno, an old Italian mill.
http://www.tollegno1900.it/default.aspx
http://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheLudlowShop/PRDOVR~11707/11707.jsp

Based on all the helpful comments received, it's apparently not a terrible deal even at a retail of $650+tax, although some find the J Crew style objectionable.

You know this is half canvassed how?
post #49 of 51
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

You know this is half canvassed how?

http://www.getkempt.com/storefront/a-first-look-inside-j-crews-ludlow-shop.php

See second photo.

It also says so on the J. Crew website, but that information is embedded in the flash-based overview of the Ludlow suit, so I can't post a direct link - if you care you can click through a few pages to see it:

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheLudlowShop.jsp
post #50 of 51

From my personal experience, the Ludlow is a great suit for someone who is slim. I did not have to tailor mine and it fit great off the shelf, which is rare. 

 

If anyone would like to buy a Navy/Charcoal Ludlow wool suit in any size, let me know and I can get a steep discount on them (~$400). 

post #51 of 51
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Was able to acquire the 2013 version of the J Crew suit new with tags and flawless on ebay for $365 including shipping and tax; it would have cost me over $700 after tax from J Crew's web site. So deals do exist if you are willing to spend the time shopping around. We'll see what my tailor can do with it. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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