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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

It's not totally clear what the purpose of this thread is so I'll just pose my question here instead of starting a new one. Am I crazy to seriously consider purchasing a Calvin Klein suit from Nordstrom Rack? It's $260 down from $525, fits very well (barring a few alterations), and will fit in as a "beater" suit. Right not I only have one suit (RL Black Label) that's pinstriped so I'm seriously considering this since it's solid navy and can be used more often. Will probably treat myself to a Suit Supply charcoal suit around christmas/new years.


Yes, you're crazy. I get the appeal of buying it because it fits well but if you're planning on wearing it often plan on being out $260 soon. How about a suit from Spier&Mackay? Here's my review: http://www.styleforum.net/t/383376/spier-mackay-official-affiliate-thread/315#post_7286919 It's clearly no Formosa or Eidos but if you like the Suit Supply Napoli style or Havana fit I doubt you can do better (new, non-Ebay division) for sub-$300.  You're not going to get a truly beautiful lapel roll or the fantastic three-dimensionality of a Neopolitan-style fully-canvassed suit but that doesn't seem to be what you're in the market for anyway. I have the S&M (how's that for an abbreviation) suit in both navy and medium gray. The navy sharkskin looks great as well but I barely have any opportunities to wear a suit right now as is.

post #12032 of 37396

@in stitches 

 

They don't have the Chocolate Fina in :confused: Either of these look close? Hard to tell from the sample pics.  

 

https://www.samhober.com/grenadine-grossa-solid-silk-ties/chocolate-grenadine-grossa-silk-tie-4.html

 

https://www.samhober.com/grenadine-piccola-silk-ties/chocolate-piccola-grenadine-silk-tie-4.html

post #12033 of 37396
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Originally Posted by akoustas View Post
 

@in stitches

 

They don't have the Chocolate Fina in :confused: Either of these look close? Hard to tell from the sample pics.

 

https://www.samhober.com/grenadine-grossa-solid-silk-ties/chocolate-grenadine-grossa-silk-tie-4.html

 

https://www.samhober.com/grenadine-piccola-silk-ties/chocolate-piccola-grenadine-silk-tie-4.html

 

The grossa is the identical color, but a larger weave.

 

The piccola is a virtually identical weave, but the color is different.

post #12034 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

It's not totally clear what the purpose of this thread is so I'll just pose my question here instead of starting a new one. Am I crazy to seriously consider purchasing a Calvin Klein suit from Nordstrom Rack? It's $260 down from $525, fits very well (barring a few alterations), and will fit in as a "beater" suit. Right not I only have one suit (RL Black Label) that's pinstriped so I'm seriously considering this since it's solid navy and can be used more often. Will probably treat myself to a Suit Supply charcoal suit around christmas/new years.

I'd say you're crazy to consider it. I'm going to infer from the fact that you only own one suit that you do not have frequent occasions to wear a suit / do not wear one often. If you are already going to get something from Suit Supply in 3 months or so, I don't see too much point in getting this. Why not save the money and move up the Suit Supply purchase. Sure, in theory you should have one grey solid and one navy solid suit, but I suspect you'd just end up wearing the Suit Supply one more often if you like it better and the Calvin Klein one is just going to sit in your closet. I think people in general are better off only buying things they really want.
post #12035 of 37396

^

Agreed. Better to get one thing you really like. I've let countless pieces go to the wayside because I got them on sale and jumped at the deal. A few pre-SF Hugo Boss items come to mind :brick:   Use the 260 towards a couple shirts and a tie for the better suit.

post #12036 of 37396
Akoustas - Those are both absolutely excellent, but very different colors of brown, and both with very different hues. One warm, one cold.

I actually have one of each, the Hober you saw, and a Drakes, and I would recommend highly you do the same.
post #12037 of 37396
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

 

Here's a better picture:

 

 

Noodlers, hoping to get some feedback on this guy.


Appreciate it in advance!

post #12038 of 37396
Rtc,
When is ur inteview?
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Button placement seems off to me (a little too low slung and the buttons themselves may be placed a hair too close together for my taste).

 

Wait, RTC, that's not for your medical school interview is it?

post #12040 of 37396
I'm not certain how much useful feedback you can expect from a picture of a jacket (poorly draped) on a hanger.
post #12041 of 37396
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

Rtc,
When is ur inteview?

Well, I have one offer so far and I'm waiting for more. I'm guessing the bulk will be in November/December through feb. I'm hoping to have ten or so.
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Originally Posted by losrockets View Post

Button placement seems off to me (a little too low slung and the buttons themselves may be placed a hair too close together for my taste).

Wait, RTC, that's not for your medical school interview is it?

Oh goodness no!

Was mostly asking about versatility and utility. I'm on the fence.
post #12042 of 37396
Ah~ I was gonna bring you something...like a tie.
post #12043 of 37396
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

Ah~ I was gonna bring you something...like a tie.

 

Haha thanks. When I said offer, I meant interview by the way. I haven't been accepted anywhere yet. I probably won't know till the spring at the earliest. Sigh. It's so drawn out...

post #12044 of 37396
Gorge is on the low side, you're right.

I'd date that jacket to the 1990s

Width isn't bad

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Here's a better picture:


post #12045 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Isolation View Post
 

Yeah I'm talking about the peak part.

 

Pants are much better, but I'm hoping the new ones will be better as the old ones were just cut a bit narrow from the start. I shall post pictures when they are done. I'm actually pretty happy with this jacket in general. Back's much better too, imo.

 

 

 

 

I really think in general it was my stance which created a lot of the creases, as it is here, I just subconsciously stand too erect when picture is being taken. Guess it was my childhood indoctrination kicking in. Also the fabric being very thin and more prone to creasing than usual doesn't help.

 

Gray jacket was at the tailor's at the time so no picture but the front looks really good I think. That said my eyes is not as discerning so I am sure you'll find some faults in it. I'd say it turned out well enough for the cost that I'm quite happy.

 

Might as well add my tweed jacket from Moda:

 

 

 

Back looks nicer here which I think supports the theory wrt the fabric.

 

@Isolation 

 

Just a thought.  Here's what you've learnt about your fits: (1) your drop right shoulder is going to be a perennial problem and (2) light weight fabrics accentuate it even more.  

 

So, learning from past experience, this suggests a possible approach to mitigate the known problem and its worst effects.  In future, I think your bespoke standard operating procedure should be to: (1) use medium to heavy weight fabrics only -- never light weight and (2) go for half lined for all your summer/tropical jackets to allow for the heavier fabrics.  In other words, this could be your own standardised "jacket chassis" approach.  However, it would require you to go against the trend towards light weight fabrics.    

 

Nice new commissions, btw.

 

BK

 

 

Edit:  Obviously, continue to have structured right shoulder, as shown above on the pale blue jacket.  Very nice!  Conduit cut?  


Edited by BespokeKiwi - 9/24/14 at 6:42pm
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