Had anyone had an opportunity to try and compare the two? I'm looking for a RTW suit with freedom of movement of the arms, natural shoulders, etc. These two seem the closest to what I want but I have no basis for comparison.
I received a Stile Latino yesterday. Very nice suit on cut and features: 3 roll 2, canvassed (partially probably), very very scant shoulder padding (it might be only the canvas) and a beautiful Neopolitan shoulder. Even the trousers have a button front (no zipper). There is some pick stitching. Not top line on the finishing and handwork (hanging threads, etc.). I'll see what my tailor says when he gets into it.
I wonder if some of these lines are factory seconds, where lining and finishing is down-market where there are slight flaws (an Attolini second?) because there are a few pulled yarns on the sleeve cuff, and a slight discolouration on the back of the shoulder. Not water or sunlight damage, but just a bit of a wave which I noticed...nobody else will. But hey, it is a $700 internet suit NWT so I got what I expected. Plus with that style, nobody around me can get anything like this (Canada).
I would consider Sartorio again (obviously making sure there's a strong return policy), but not for more than 500. Above that, there are just too many better options.
Did I get a "lemon"? Maybe. But the stitching looks sloppy in pictures of other Sartorio suits I've seen, too, now that I'm looking for it. Yet, if you have found your suit to be durable, mine may indeed be the exception.
But the bottom line for me is there's no reason to take a chance on Sartorio again because at 700-800, the options are abundant.
I mentioned I've found Sartoria Castangia suits BELOW that range fairly regularly (500-600), and it's a vastly superior suit to anything by Sartorio (and a perennial top-tier with Kiton et al. in the "RTW suit hierarchy thread"). I guess Castangia suffers from not being in a hotspot (Sardinia doesn't exactly have that Neopolitan cachet). And of course they don't have Kiton's attitude that pricing stuff higher only makes it more exclusive and thus more attractive to the target audience.
Incidentally, Castangia suits have a great silhouette and the most natural shoulders of any suit I own.
Certain brands just don't come down on price on the secondary market as much as others. Isaia, for example: there's no reason Isaia should consistently cost more than Sartoria Partenopea on the secondary market. The quality of SP is as good or better. Yet SP suits can be had for 700-800, and Isaia virtually never goes below 1000 (other than an EBay seller who sells very old and boxy lines). Is it the name?
In any event, Sartorio appears overpriced to me - especially if we are to believe the high-$5000's MSRP that Sartoriale bandies about (which I don't).