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I bought -- with intention of returning if so recommended -- a Pal Zileri Gruppo suit today, on sale at Off Fifth for $450. Like mentioned in previous posts, it is fully canvassed but otherwise appears to have no significant handwork, other than ticking around the pockets on both the pants and the jacket. I quite like the suit -- it's a beautiful navy color -- but I'm wondering whether I should keep looking around to try to do better for a somewhat similar price (again, I hit up The Basement and the outlets).
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I think $450 is a bit pricey for a Pal Zileri white label. I am sure that you could find a canali or two at your local off 5th for about the same price. That being said, if you really like it, then by all means keep it. You will look better than 70% of the suit wearing public. It is really too bad that the differences between the sartorial and white label are so great.
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You know, the bad thing about Off Fifth is that the best two deals in there are Canali and Baldessarini (though the latter is rare to find in there nowadays), and I just can't wear either of them because of the cut. I'm gonna think about the Pal for a few days and decide. Like you said, I'd be better dressed than 70% of the public -- in fact, it would in my opinion be more like 95%, because this board simply overestimates the number of people wearing top level suits. But, also, like you said, there are other options out there for the price. Personally, I thought that the Pal was very nice indeed. The lining was Bemberg, super 120s fabric, the drape was excellent. While it didn't have a lot of handwork, the armholes were perfect, which is tough to find. We'll see.
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i love baldessarini. i don't own one but the ones i've tried on have a great natural shoulder and a slim, but not too slim cut, just perfect. what about the cut don't you like?
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I just feel like Baldessarini's are a little boxy -- even boxier than black label Boss's. I do love the shoulder in the Baldessarini, though. Maybe a tailor could nip the waist in and then it would be fine. But, speaking of nipping waists in, that's what always confuses me about suits. Sometimes I'll really love the suit, except for the cut of the waist, and I'm just never sure whether I should buy it with the faith that the tailor could "shape" it a little more for me. What has been all of your experiences with tailors taking in the waist. How well can it be done? Does it completely throw off the suit?
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Personally, I thought that the Pal was very nice indeed. The lining was Bemberg, super 120s fabric, the drape was excellent. While it didn't have a lot of handwork, the armholes were perfect, which is tough to find.
Then by all means keep it. You are the one who has to wear it. While $450 might be a bit high on a straight analysis, it is hard to put a price on personal satisfaction. It sounds like you have it here.
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What has been all of your experiences with tailors taking in the waist. How well can it be done? Does it completely throw off the suit?
If the chest fits well, a "good" tailor can easily shape the waist. There are however a couple things to think about. 1)Make sure you have a good tailor. 2)Follow your tailor's advice. That is of course once you trust him. If he is good and what you are asking will make your jacket look off as you say, he will tell you.
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