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post #16 of 29

Not seeing it...maybe it is location based or something (or, perhaps I'm just blind). I was in the Houston Galleria store today and I didn't notice the line either.

post #17 of 29

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fall-Sale/men-featured-fall-sale,default,sc.html?lid=topnav-menu

post #18 of 29
My Natural Construction glen plaid sport coat arrived. Unfortunately I have to return it. I am a reliable 42L in Brooks 1818 suits, sport coats and overcoats. These coats are only available in regular sizes and are cut so short they could be Black Fleece.

Decent construction but way too form-fitting to be comfortable. Seems like a failed experiment for them.
post #19 of 29
These are European fit... as they are worn by Parisian and Italian men.
post #20 of 29
If you like any, buy but await price cuts maybe.
post #21 of 29
The SCs and shirts looks nice, but the knitwear pricing is crazy. Even at 40% off, most of their sweaters exceed comparable stuff from Paul Stuart. If I've got $800 to spend on a sweater (I don't), I'm not passing Paul Stuart, not to mention other options, on my way to Brooks Brothers. Is this capsule collection widely available? I'd like to check it out in person, but if it's like Black Fleece (only available in the largest cities), it's just another in the sea of internet merchandise to me.
post #22 of 29

I saw most of it at the Washington DC store. Quality is impressive but I agree that price point is too high for BB. Far better to reach up to a luxury brand for that kind of money. As far as fit, I have several slim fitting sport coats from Zegna and LBM 1911. The Brooks SC I mentioned earlier is way too snug and short.

post #23 of 29
Shorter and more snug than LBM 1911? Sounds like they missed the mark on this one. I tried on one suit jacket from Black Fleece the last time I was in NYC and knew instantly BF was not for me. If it's sized similar to that, I think they're aiming at a pretty small demographic.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Recoil View Post

They appear to be going after the RL clientele with this label. All of the prices are just under the prices usually charged for RL black label (also toted as being somewhat Italian and made in Italy). Shirts are around $300, cashmere sweaters for upwards of $1500. Just like RL I'm sure it will all be 60% off in 2 months.

Isn't this what the Black Fleece was supposed to go after?

 

I get confused with all their lines. Wish they could just have: Outline Line, 1818, and Black Fleece...

post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bellemastiff View Post

Isn't this what the Black Fleece was supposed to go after?

 

I get confused with all their lines. Wish they could just have: Outline Line, 1818, and Black Fleece...

 



No BF is their runway/fashion-foward/flamboyant/I'm feeling fabulous line. Majority of the BF shirts are made in US but some BF items are made off-shore (ie. India, Romania, China, etc)
post #26 of 29

Prices on several of the sport coats are now $330, down from their original starting point of $1100. Typically I wear a 40S, but as only regular sizes are available, not sure of the fit. Can anyone comment on just how much shorter these are than a typically BB 40R? Will I be happy with the length?

post #27 of 29
I normally wear a 42L in BB sport coats and suits. I can get away with a 42 R sometimes in the Fitzgerald fit. The Natural Craftsmanship sport coat I returned was a 42R and almost Black Fleece short. Your call but I would order it at that price. You can always return it. The craftsmanship was excellent, just too small for me.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Recoil View Post

They appear to be going after the RL clientele with this label. All of the prices are just under the prices usually charged for RL black label (also toted as being somewhat Italian and made in Italy). Shirts are around $300, cashmere sweaters for upwards of $1500. Just like RL I'm sure it will all be 60% off in 2 months.

The main reason the RL Brand(s) continue to thrive is probably because there is actually an RL.
The various corporate committees which have run BB (into the ground) over the past 20 to 30
years have managed to make the nearly two hundred year old brand into mass market
player of marginal success. Today I was in their store in SanFrancisco. As usual, I saw no
tailored clothing that appealed to me. However, 10 or 15 years ago, a salesman who was
dressed like the one that attended to me would never have been on the sales floor.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by CaptainApathy View Post

Prices on several of the sport coats are now $330, down from their original starting point of $1100. Typically I wear a 40S, but as only regular sizes are available, not sure of the fit. Can anyone comment on just how much shorter these are than a typically BB 40R? Will I be happy with the length?

I was tempted by the great prices on the sport coats today, but just couldn't warm up to any to them. I did order a couple of pair of NC pants. I'm curious to see what was so special about them that Brooks thought they could charge $400 - $500 per pair…
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