I just received my Benjamin suit. (Quick work, Ben!) I ordered the Navy Herringbone in a 44R. First, these are good suits, and I don't think you'd find any suit anywhere other than TaT at this price point with these details, construction and overall level of quality. It's a good suit at a great price. Second, I am not The Truth. I'm no expert, just an ordinary guy. And I didn't cut open the suit. So these are just my amateur impressions; make of them what you will. Third, Ben's pictures are better than mine, but I took some anyway. And having taken them, I'm going to inflict them on you. I hope not to scar vox in the process. Fabric: The navy herringbone is a Super 150s wool. As you can see in the pictures, it has a definite sheen to it. Most of these photos were taken with a flash, which enhances the effect, but it's very real. Some may like that, some may not. It's not my cup of tea, but YMMV. Note the Benjamin hanger too.
The color is very dark for Navy--I honestly wondered if it was black when I pulled it out of the bag. Maybe it's blacker than black.
Plenty of interior pockets.
Keeper for your carnation and a shot of the undercollar.
The tag. The tags are all in Italian. There's no country of origin label that I noticed anywhere.
Sleeves are basted:
Curtain waistband, split back seam on trou. I prefer a three-button closure to a button-and-clasp, myself:
So... that's the nickel tour. Fit was good--a totally standard fit for a 54/44 cut in a European style. Waist suppression is mild, arm holes are reasonably high, jacket length is well within the bounds of decency. The canvassing and construction are stiffer than I am used to and prefer. The canvas has a real body to it. The chest does not have as much fabric in it as I would like--I have suits on which the chest from the lapel to the arm scye is similarly proportioned, but I'd prefer a little extra fullness there. I took a couple of fit pictures to try to capture silhouette and what I'm talking about with the chest, but they were crooked, and in straightening them I lost the bottom of the jacket; sorry. Still; perhaps they give you some idea.
There's just a hint of pulling at the button there; I had my arms lifted a little bit in that picture. Buttoning stance is a little on the high side, but I guess that is the current fashion. You can see in a pic below that it's just a smidge higher than on the 3-button suit I put on to compare:
I missed the focus on that shot; sorry. There's not much to see there anyway, but I wanted to set a baseline.
I don't know if you can see what I mean about the chest here, but I can feel it. As I said, the best I can describe it, I feel as if I'd like a little more fabric worked in between the lapel edge and the arm hole. But as you can see here:
the height of the armholes on these too suits isn't very different, really. The shape of them is. So, my verdict: I'm not going to keep this suit, but really for personal reasons. I'd prefer a softer construction, and fabrics that sheen aren't my cup of tea. The suit I'm wearing in those comparison pics is a microherringbone that I'm quite fond of, and a texture and look that was closer to that, but in navy, would appeal to me more. I wouldn't draw any conclusions from that except that it's not favorite fabric. It is, however, a good suit. Hope that was helpful for anyone who might be on the fence.