I have heard that Polo RL suits are overpriced for the quality from various salesmen. Â First, who makes his suits (Polo), or are there many makers?
Corneliani has made Polo suits for the past several years, and I haven't heard that this has changed. Polo suits are typically fairly nice. I like the styling (little padding in the shoulders, nipped waist, side vents), and the fabrics are typically very good. The jackets are, however, fused. They're about as nice as fused jackets can be, but they are fused. You're paying a pretty hefty premium for the Polo label, and you really can get more value at a Polo suit's price point ($1000-$1200 for most suits). Regular Corneliani, for example, is not fused, is similarly styled, and can be had for just a bit more at retail.Â
Second, I am attaching a link from the Polo website which indicates that RL's new suits may indicate a new direction; perhaps this is all pure marketing, but it would be wonderful for the masses if these new suits would be closer to Purple Lable quality than what was previously offered (if indeed quality was lacking). Â Any information from the more knowledgeable would be appreciated. Â
As far as I can tell from examining Polo and Purple Label merchandise, there is no convergence of quality between the two. Keep in mind that Purple Label suits start at around $3000. Ralph Lauren is too savvy a businessman to offer something close to Purple Label quality at anything other than prices close to Purple Label prices. If he plans to make Polo more like Purple Label, then you can expect prices to rise significantly.