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post #16 of 21
I got it from at Holt.. yeah .. thats after tax. MTM collezioni starts at ~ $2150 CAD before tax.. mine was around ~ $2700 before tax... The sales person says the fabrics are from Zegna Mill and its one of the top fabrics among Zenga's textile lines.. This suit is fused, but fusing is so thin, therefore whole suit is very light. Also the lapels do not roll flat like Hugo Boss suits. It roll just high enough, creating very luxerious european look.. the way I like it (I think Canali rolls too high). The suit is totally unreal. When I was trying it on, all other customers and sales staffs were checking me out... I am not lying .. I am very happy with this suit the fact that the suit fits and look unbelievable. But I would not get another Collezioni MTM suit simply that I do not feel that I need same style suits. The next suit, I am thinking of Zegna Sartorial line MTM ..
post #17 of 21
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A Brioni would be much, much better made, but if you like your Armani, good for you.  There's no debating that the construction is mediocre, however - no matter how much you like it.
I sure hope it is .. when a suit costs $3700 CAD RTW and $4000CAD entry MTM fabric. I really do not feel like paying that much for a suit. If I want canvased suit, I will be satisfied with Zegna or Canali.
post #18 of 21
Milano, post some pics if you don't mind. I'm curious to see how flattering a $3100 fused suit could be.
post #19 of 21
I'm curious - NOT bashing Armani - why not go with a bespoke suit for that kind of dough? Fusing on the Collezioni is done pretty well but still does not last like a floating canvas construction. One thing I will give Armani - with the exception of the Berber Carpet sportcoats and the super low gorge of a few years back most of what Armani puts out is visually pleasing. I have a feeling that if it feels great on you and you feel that you look great in it then you are a winner - it is less the suit and more the confidence - IMHO - that really makes you look like a Million bucks (and hey, even in Canadian a million doesn't suck.).
post #20 of 21
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MikeF -- people don't know who Arnold Brant is.  At the Off Fifth Sale, the DKNY's for the same price are flying out the door compared to the Arnold Brants -- ditto for the Calvin Klein Collection.  Ridiculous.  
Arnold Brandt is a reasonably well-known name in Canada, and people still aren't buying it here. By the way, there's no way an Arnold Brandt suit is equal in construction quality to Calvin Klein Collection.  Don't misunderstand me: Calvin Klein Collection suits are nothing special.  That said, they're at least comparable to Armani Collezioni, which I think everyone can agree exceeds both Hugo Boss and Arnold Brandt in construction quality.
I stopped by the Off Fifth store again today in hopes that they received some Baldessarinis or Hickey Freemans (turns out that today they just got some ugly Hugo Boss's -- really bizarre pinstripes that only peacocks would go for). But, I again checked out the Calvin Klein Collection (priced at $399 actually, not the $299 I originally thought). I just don't see the comparison to Armani Collezioni. Are you thinking of Klein's black label? The Collection line regularly RETAILS for $695, well below both AB and Boss. The fabric was decent, and it appeared as though the collar may have been hand felled, but other than that I don't see how you could compare it to an Armani Collezioni. I also felt the styling left much to be desired (it had the two button stance where the second button is sort of in no man's land just below the belly button).
post #21 of 21
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I'm curious - NOT bashing Armani - why not go with a bespoke suit for that kind of dough?  Fusing on the Collezioni is done pretty well but still does not last like a floating canvas construction. One thing I will give Armani - with the exception of the Berber Carpet sportcoats and the super low gorge of a few years back most of what Armani puts out is visually pleasing. I have a feeling that if it feels great on you and you feel that you look great in it then you are a winner - it is less the suit and more the confidence - IMHO - that really makes you look like a Million bucks (and hey, even in Canadian a million doesn't suck.).
I could get fully canvased suit. But I could not find decent design which suits my look as good as Armani did. I am 5'11" tall 21' point to point shoulder, 44' chest, 34' waist. All other design label suits look too business looking and when I wear them I look too squared and rigid.. and make me look short as well. I know lot of you are laughing at me now .. having to spend $3000CAD on fused suit. But the suit looks and feels superb. Regardless how its made, it appears to have superb finish; I look at shoulder and waist seams to see if they align properly and when I wear the suit, the seams have to look flawless. I don't know for how long the suit will last. But I would like to imagin it will last longer than 8 yrs with minimal dry cleaning .. (my 8yr old Boss suit with twice dry cleaned is going strong and looking still brand new .. ) The thing is, nothing last forever, and I really think that if you dry clean your suit, wether the suit is canvased or not, it'll run down. And run down suit looks cheap no matter its kiton or Armani. I tried Zegna and Canali .. but the tailor and sale person did not want to recommand me to go with those labels. They really thought that Armani suits naturally bring out my figure well .. I do not have hard on for canvased suits. As long as the suit has quality finish and I look good in it .. I am happy.
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