Originally Posted by clintonf
What I've generally found is that the "higher" up the construction chain you get, the more delicate the garment is. This may not suit all tastes.
You may be right. I've seen huge variety from Isaia, including super 100 fabric, but I suppose that's necessary in the highly competitive world of high end fashion as "Z Zegna" type of crap suggests. But fabrics of high end Zegna and Canali are right up there. Corneliani is in a lower league than those two, but I quite like their makes and pick them up during any sale. Isaia seems to use some great fabrics. But Zegna is no slacker either, their Lanificio trophies
seem to be an industry leading gesture that Isaias of the world will take decades to replicate. That Zegna micron-thingamajig in the store felt quite amazing, but as you say it's not for me as I don't have the dough to invest in something I'd wear once a year
For me, while I appreciate the handiwork inside some higher end suits, it's a little less relevant *how* the suit was made than the ultimate look and fit *on me*. In this Zegna and Canali win for me, especially at their price points, which are already quite high. I'm several years away from a $30,000 MTM Kiton or Belvest. Back to the topic of Tombolini. Unlike the original posts in this thread, they are
- Not all fused. Several are fully canvassed.
- Many of their suits are fully hand made in Italy.
- Fabrics have a range too. The lower end fused stuff has interesting but cheaper fabric. There was even a slim fit in linen, which looked quite smart and was $350 or so. But there was a 100% Lana merino with minimal padding (like Isaia, but the Lana may be from China instead of Australia) and a 100% cashmere suit that was more in the range of $1500 for the bolder fashion-forward man.
Basically, looking at the huge range, the minimal padding, the huge range of fabrics and psychedelic patterns, I would even venture to say that Tombolini may be poor man's Isaia...