The real question is, I suppose: Â Is it worth $750? Â Because that is what I'd be paying if I purchased it. Â I've got a paper pattern over at WW Chan and I have my first suit coming from them probably in two weeks, along with a bunch of swatches. Â Isn't it likely that the Chan will be the better suit (if not objectively, then at least subjectively because it fits me perfectly)? Â I fit OTR very well, so it's not like the Zegna would be ill-fitting or anything. Â I really don't feel like wasting the shipping and return shipping if there is a low chance I'd actually purchase this -- but it is a great deal. Â On the "it's the regular line" score, what are the Zegna lines? Â Z, Soft, Sport, Regular, Napoli, Su Misura. Â Is that it? Â Or am I missing some?
Tough to make a real apples to apples comparison. It will all boil down to what you prioritize: a WW Chan custom suit on your pattern will not require any alterations (assuming they have an accurate pattern) and will have more hand work on the coat. But from what I've seen, the black label Zegnas are well constructed, drape very nicely, and if you don't need a lot of alterations you can probably get a fit that is reasonably close to what WW Chan can offer. To put things in a cost-comparison perspective, you will spend $1K and up to get WW Chan to make you a suit from any of the Zegna cloth lines. I think the last time I looked at the book (probably close to 2 years ago) the price of a suit with Zegna cloth was $1150 or so. So the real issue is how much alteration work you need/want, and whether you have a tailor that can do it to your satisfaction. If you can fit a six-drop suit with minimal alterations, there's no compelling reason not to buy an OTR suit you really like, especially when a comparable custom suit from WW Chan might even cost you more. In fact, if you fit OTR suits with minimal alterations, there's no real reason to favor WW Chan custom work over high end (but well-discounted) OTR, unless you like to order suits with details not readily available in OTR or MTM suits. I've continued to go with WW Chan mostly because I generally wear a 40R coat and 31 waist trousers--a six inch drop requires recutting the pants and never gets me as good a fit as custom.