True, Corneliani isn't Canali by any measure IMO, but still.
What do you mean?? I like the canvased Corneliani suits better than Canali personally. Quality seems to be about the same, and Corneliani cuts a better suit IMO. Of course, while we are on the subject, I'll say that Cantarelli is by far the best at this price range. Those new suits at Bergdorf (slim cut, canvased, about $950) are pretty nice too, I wish I could remember the name...
(1) I agree with you about Cantarelli. I'd love to see the ones at Bergdorff you are referring to -- at a little bit of a discount, that sounds like a great price. (2) I like Corneliani's shoulders better than Canali for my frame. But I just don't think that Cornelianis are as elegant as Canalis. In comparison, I find Corneliani lapels a little limp compared to Canali. Now this is not to say they aren't great suits, especially when you find them on discount for under $400. But, take out Canalis shoulder padding, and I'll pay $150 more for a Canali than for a Corneliani.