Title. I'm willing to wait for the best sale of the year, or a two-for-$XXX promotion. (I tried posting in the Brooks Brothers Thread, but ain't nobody willing to help a brother out.)
What's the cheapest I can buy Brooks Brothers 1818 suits for? When?
'Course, you could likely find a Brooks 1818 on eBay, maybe even in "new without tags" condition, for much less than that.
I'm not knowledgeable enough to buy clothes on eBay. If there was something wrong with the suit, I could never tell. I'm willing to pay a premium to be fitted by in-store tailors and to have quality assured by the store.
So it sounds like...2 for $1700, less 30%, is the best they go for? $600 each?
But do bear in mind, at most stores, the typical salesperson's opinion as to whether a given suit fits you well is worth little. (Some will lie to you, in order to make a sale. Others are simply not competent to judge good fit from poor fit.)
I'm not trying to scare you; just warning you that it's entirely possible you'll go to some store and buy a suit there because the salesperson assured it it looked great on you and fit you well. You'll leave the suit at the store for minor alterations - hemming/cuffing the trousers, at least. Then bring it home a week later, and take some shots of yourself in the suit, posting them to SF and asking us to confirm how good the suit looks on you.
Only to hear from us that it's off in various ways, some of which would be difficult and/or impractically expensive to fully correct. Oh, and the minor alterations (which render the suit not so easily unreturnable) weren't done particularly well. And that despite what the salesperson told you at the time of sale, the make/model suit you bought is definitely NOT fully canvassed, either.
That's why, if you possibly can, you should try to become more knowledgeable before buying yourself a couple of suits. Or, if that's just not in the cards, maybe take someone with you who is knowledgeable, to advise you. And no, a wife/girlfriend, who likes how sharp-looking some action hero film star looked in his ultra-close fitting black suit in the latest issue of "People" magazine, should probably not be your "go to" person for this task.
I'm not telling it that relying on the salesperson never works out. Some of the time it works out just fine. Some of the time, it doesn't. But even at Brooks Bros. - where you'd think all salesmen selling suits ought to be knowledgeable and honest - I can guarantee you that it isn't necessarily so. Maybe once upon a time, but that time has long since come and gone. And as for department store salespeople... well, like I say, you might get knowledgeable and trustworthy advice. But are you really comfortable risking 1200+ bucks (the cost of a couple of suits) on it?
I hear you. If you really have your heart set on it, can you wait until after July 4th? That's when you'll see the greatest discount.
If you have the ability to drive to New Jersey, the Off 5th Outlet on Route 4 in Paramus has a nice size rack of Brioni, Corneliani and Canali suits. The Corneliani and Canali are around $750 if you buy two. That's not a great price, but in comparison to what you would be getting from Brooks Brothers, it is far superior and has a lot more stature than a regular Brooks Brothers suit.
You might also want to check out Century 21 downtown by Wall Street and the one by Lincoln Center. They often have some very high end suits as well. The discounts at Century 21 will start after July 4th as well.
I realize everyone is getting on you about wanting to buy a Brooks Brothers suit, and you might be confused why that is. Brooks Brothers in general is a rip off that lives off of its history. That's the case with pretty much everything they sell, not just the suits. I have some beautiful Golden Fleece suits that I love, but that's not what you're getting when you buy an 1818. It will be a half canvassed jacket made from average material and average machine craftsmanship. A suit of similar quality could be had for $300. The suit will be OK - definitely not bad, but you could do much better with what you're willing to spend.
You probably won't regret having an 1818 suit, just what you could have gotten for the same money.
Come to Pennsylvania. No sales tax on clothing. The BB in Center City Philly is well stocked.