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A $17,000 suit? Really?

post #1 of 22
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A New York Times article on the men's luxury fashion market mentioned that at Brioni, suits can go up to $17,000. Not that I'm considering such an acquisition, but I wonder if anyone more knowledgeable than I can explain what kind of suit you get for $17K, and why it might be worth the money.

post #2 of 22
"Worth the money" is a limited concept. It's worth the money to someone if they'd rather have the suit than $17,000. As to why that one costs $17k, it probably uses some exotic fabric like vicuna.
post #3 of 22
Kiton’s top-of-theline K-50 comes in at around $50,000. That’s the kind of price tag usually reserved for things made of precious metals or encrusted with rare gems.

But this isn’t just a suit.

As with all the deceptively simple wonders that populate this particular ultra-exclusive corner of the luxury market, whether it be $20,000 bottles of Scotch or million-dollar automobiles, a Kiton suit can really only be appreciated by a true connoisseur—someone who has owned his share of bespoke Milanese and Savile Row suits, but longs for something even more unique and refined.


$50k for a suit is just insane. Obviously there is some demand being met.
post #4 of 22
Holland & Sherry, Blue Sapphire Collection, Super 220's with Sapphires in the cloth.

Delivered a three piece suit and a dinner suit a couple months ago, 16,000.00 each.
post #5 of 22
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Holland & Sherry, Blue Sapphire Collection, Super 220's with Sapphires in the cloth.

Delivered a three piece suit and a dinner suit a couple months ago, 16,000.00 each.

Does it look like this?

post #6 of 22
I think pure vicuna would cost you close to that for a blazer.
post #7 of 22
Not even remotely.
post #8 of 22
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I think pure vicuna would cost you close to that for a blazer.

The people I know who make/sell them get much more.

I was very cautious working with such expensive cloth. Only had my tailors working on them when I was present and I was much more involved/hands on in the making of these two pieces.

It might freak me out working with vicuna in regards to the cost of the cloth alone.

You really have to go slow and be very conscientious using these luxe cloths.
post #9 of 22
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Not even remotely.

What's it look like? That was about the only picture I could find googling it.
post #10 of 22
Midnight navy, solid, shawl. Very simple and elegant.

Suit was a touch lighter shade of navy with a narrow self stripe.

This gent is a very elegant dresser and likes rare cloth and is very unpretentious. He put the suit into his every day rotation. Treats it like any other suit. Sorta makes me cringe a little. I would have pampered it and used it sparingly but that's me.
post #11 of 22
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The people I know who make/sell them get much more.

I was very cautious working with such expensive cloth. Only had my tailors working on them when I was present and I was much more involved/hands on in the making of these two pieces.

It might freak me out working with vicuna in regards to the cost of the cloth alone.

You really have to go slow and be very conscientious using these luxe cloths.

Huntsman had one for a client on their most recent visit to the U.S. it was 10,000 pounds. It was really something. I asked about working with it and the cutter told me it was a pleasure and an incredible cloth to work with.
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Huntsman had one for a client on their most recent visit to the U.S. it was 10,000 pounds. It was really something. I asked about working with it and the cutter told me it was a pleasure and an incredible cloth to work with.

Blue Sapphire or Vicuna?
post #13 of 22
Vicuna
post #14 of 22
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This gent is a very elegant dresser and likes rare cloth and is very unpretentious.

Chris, I'm curious how much of your clientele comes from the internet? I recently had dinner with a tailor, and was surprised to learn that many of his new clients come by way of online forums and blogs. I wasn't expecting to hear that. I would have thought most of his clients would be like what they were 30-40 years ago - businessmen who simply need new clothes, or perhaps a few millionaires who just want to look good.

Since the above description sounds like the opposite of online flâneurs (myself included), I'm curious - do you get very many new clients because of the internet?
post #15 of 22
iGent Cloth Preference: English, durable and "hard-wearing"

Preference of Some Brioni Customers: extremely soft, exotic and "bling"
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