I recently had the opportunity to look at some of FIH Tie's merchandise, so I thought I'd post my impressions here: Coats - I think they are an excellent value at retail. Not canvased, but not $4000 either. I'm not overly concerned about canvas vs. fused front when it comes to overcoats, as to me they are primarily functional - the function being to keep me warm and protect my suit. I especially liked the dark navy double breasted model. The Columbo wool/cashmere fabric was nice. The buttons were corozo (vegetal ivory) like most quality Italian coats, and the pick-stitching was a nice detail. Â Â Suits - also a good value at retail. Fused front, though the quality of the fusing is pretty good. They compare well with designer suits such as Boss that cost several hundred more. The styling is pretty nice. I didn't get to try one on in my size, but they seem to be cut fairly slim, with a high buttoning position, lightly padded shoulder, and single-pleated pants. They have a welted lapel (inset pick stitching) which is a detail that I like. Scarves - I've never owned or worn a scarf before, but these looked very nice. Ties - Self tipped, with a keeper cut from the tie fabric, good quality liner, nice fabric selection. They knot well too. So once again, a good value at retail - they are a definite improvement on most everything in the $50 range. I bought # P44421-Orange from him. A stunning tie. Wore it last weekend and got about a million complements - more than any other tie I've ever worn, with the exception of a light green with silver polka dots Ike Behar I have. I know that a lot of you bargain hunter's out there aren't going to get excited over these items (of course, I can't even seem to get you excited over Castangia suits for $599 ) but for those readers who are looking to pay a (reasonable) retail price for a suit or coat or tie, these could fit the bill nicely.
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9/23/04 at 6:38am