A Review of Lanieri
Overall, I have had a very pleasant experience dealing with Lanieri regarding my order of a Loro Piana jacket. In the interest of providing information to my fellow Styleforum members as well as providing credit to where it is due (namely, Riccardo and his team at Lanieri), I feel the need to report back. And so, in the next few paragraphs, I wish to outline my experience and sincere opinions about the ordering process, and, more importantly, the final product.
First Things First: About Lanieri
But first things first. What do they do? Well, from a quick glance at their site, they offer the usual MTM tailored-ware: suits, jackets, trousers, vests, and shirts. But, unlike some other MTM vendors, they do not offer coats or other accessories. Another differentiating factor, and one that I seem to come across time and time again (for better or for worse) is that Lanieri products are 'Made in Italy'. Although, many would see such a statement to demonstrate quality, I am often quite skeptical of such an inference. In fact, it would merely make me think that a significant portion of the money that I part with, will contribute to a (unnecessary) premium of production costs. But one ought to remember that Italy possesses some of the finest tailors around that produce suits that are uniquely Italian in style. The point is: if you want an Italian cut, you are going to have to do 'Made in Italy'. Naturally, a suit from elsewhere (India, UK, USA), will give you a different style.
What about the price point? Lanieri is priced above other MTM's: Indochino, Black Lapel, etc., but is obviously more affordable than Bespoke offerings. As for the other MTM's, frankly, I haven't tried them. So, I cannot chime in on how they compare. The results would be very interesting! *Edit: But one thing, I ought to mention is that the fabric Lanieri offers is, by far superior, to almost all other MTM's. We are talking about Loro Piana, VBC, etc.
Ok. Before I began my order, I wanted to find out a bit more about Lanieri. So, I scoured the web for information and I discovered that they were previously called 'Natural Gentleman' and already had a brief history of doing business in Italy. Upon further scouring, the feedback and opinion of 'Natural Gentleman' was largely positive (although written in Italian). This made me confident enough to go ahead with the order.
The Ordering Process
This is where Lanieri really shines! The web interface is intuitive and the customer service is friendly and effective.
Like other online MTM's, you provide bodily measurements as well as answer some questions regarding your posture. The whole process was comprehensively guided by videos integrated on their website. As a brief digression: although the lady in the video is very attractive, there were times where the actors in the video felt unnatural and corny (you will know what I mean if you watch it). You can also visit pop-up stores in Milan and London to be measured in-person.
After I had submitted the measurements, Riccardo and his team e-mailed me to double check some measurements and provide some feedback. Though, I have very little experience in online MTM's, Riccardo and his team were very professional, patient and ultimately guided me to make several amendments that improved the fit. This was one aspect that made my experience very pleasant.
The packaging was excellent. The jacket came in a sturdy box that, surely, would have protected its content from whatever DHL, Fedex, or UPS could throw at it (literally and metaphorically). The jacket was accompanied by a beautiful, thick wooden coat hanger (I must apologise for not having it with me for pictures) and a garment bag.
For a first attempt, I thought that the resulting fit was quite good. Obviously, there is excess fabric at the back and some rumpling at the shoulders (though, I wonder to what extent this is caused by the jacket being lightly structured). The fabric is a 'Loro Piana Hopsack' -- perfect for the summer. The handiwork, I would say is quite decent -- although I think there could be some improvement here, if Lanieri really wants to take Styleforum by storm. However, frankly, for the price point, it is a solid offering.
During my preliminary research, I found out that Lanieri produces half-canvassed jackets. And, upon in-person inspection of my jacket, it was indeed half-canvassed. Of course, full-canvas would have made for a better product. But, alas, we are once reminded of Lanieri's affordable prices. However, as a future note, an option for full-canvas, would probably appeal well to Styleforum members.
The button-holes are high quality and stitched well. And in my preference for a bit of sartorial-ness -- I opted for a shade of red on the lapel.
Notice the prick stitching and the beautiful lapel roll.
As you can see, the jacket was very lightly structured. It makes sense as it is a Hopsack fabric for the summer. They offer personal embroidery (which I painted white as to hide my personal details).
The buttons are alright (nothing to write home about). But they offer an extensive variety of buttons, in both horn and polyester.
On a whole, Styleforum members should take Lanieri as what it is. A good-value, Italian all-rounder that you won't be disappointed with. Give it a try (and report back)!
(I never really felt the need to explicitly provide a disclaimer, but I see it so often on Styleforum such that there must be a good reason for it! So here it goes: I am not affiliated with Lanieri nor do I gain any compensation, financial or otherwise, in promoting their products.)
Edited by klp2332 - 5/28/15 at 1:46pm