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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi, I've recently discovered this board and feels it is a treasure of valuable information about men's clothing. I'm a young professionnal working in a very casual environment but that might change as I'm planning to switch jobs by the end of 2005. To that effect I want to add a few important items to my wardrobe, most notably a new suit. I'm a very slim guy and wears about 36R (sometimes S since the jackets now seem to be longer than before, of course this varies from maker to maker...) in tightly fitting brands like Etro and Dolce & Gabbana. Do any of the experienced posters have any other brands to suggest that might fit a guy like me, something like Canali is probably too big and most Brioni would feel the same I'm affraid (or maybe I wasn't lucky at my local store with this particular brand...). I'd be delighted to find advices from ebay buyers/sellers. On another topic I'm planning to get new chelsea boots and was looking at Prada, I already own clothes from that particular maker and tend to enjoy them, even though they're somewhat tacky. Do you think I should go to another brand that offers similar or better value and what would you suggest. I've been looking at prada boots on bluefly and they're about 269, I'd like to pay half that price, if possible, considering I live in Canada and have to pay shipping, exchange rate and prohibitive fees of all kind. Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 10
Jil Sander. Her suits are fully-canvassed and cut very nice. She makes smaller sizes too, it should be easy to find a 36. Helmut Lang also designs for the slim guy, and makes smaller sizes. I recall a post here saying that now all HL suits have canvas construction. Similar in style to Jil Sander.
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post #4 of 10
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Thanks for the quick reply. By doing a quick search on ebay I found this: Jill Sander suit Seems a little bit expensive compared to the deals usually found on ebay though...Aditionnally, the sleeves seems awfully long (26) but the poster seems pretty lax on measurements so maybe I should ask for precisions. How does a Jil Sander suit stacks up against other designers?(I know it's just an opinion but still I never saw or tried one on so I better ask...) Now what's your opinion on Burberry Prorsum suits? (I think the prorsum brand is aimed at a younger crowd) I saw a deal on one (about 50$ + shipping) and was wondering if it was worth my time considering alteration costs. It doesn't seem to be cheap but I wouldn't say it's a high quality suit either...
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Thanks amirrorcracked, we found the exact same suit. Now I also looked at Zegna suits from eclass in Canada. They're about 100$ more expensive but I would avoid customs and other annoyances. Dunno if they would fit me right though....Zegna usually seems to be a little bit bigger, would you agree with this accessment?
post #6 of 10
http://www.yoox.com/item....FD17CD7 A bit more expensive, but it gives you another option. I'd also add: check out Costume National, J. Lindeberg, Prada, and Gucci.  I'm not sure about the quality of all these.  I would assume, that Gucci and Costume National would be the best quality of those, with SOME Prada being good quality.  J. Lindeberg is most likely the least quality of the bunch (never checked, but I would assume all fused) but the cuts are exceptional.  So i guess it depends how much you will wear it and how much you are looking for quality vs. style. The problem with all of these suits is that they are not as prevalent as some others, such as Zegna, and therefore, it will be harder to find a selection at discount.  Keep your eyes open.   This Lindeberg suit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....MEWA:IT just ended and didn't sell.  I love it.  It was poorly listed, with a European size, so I'm sure most 36's didn't even click the link.  You may want to contact the seller and see if he will relist with a BIN for you.  AGAIN, I don't know the quality of Lindeberg suits, just that the styling is beautiful.   Good luck, and doesn't it suck being a 36. Dan
post #7 of 10
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The Lindeberg suit looks pretty nice but maybe not what I'm looking for... I'm interested in the Jil Sander but the suit has no sleeves buttons....I'm wondering if I should have some added by a tailor if I get it or if it would break the clean line the designer was going for.... As for Prada I like the style and it fits me really well but it's usually pretty casual (like a brown velvet suit or something) and that's not exactly what I'm looking for here. Thanks for the other recommendations, I'll be on the lookout. BTW how would a Zegna fit me considering my built, I found some 36 that seem to be okay but maybe they'll end up being too "boxy" , what's your experience with Zegna (main line)? As for chelsea boots, I'm still looking, maybe I'll go for Helmut Lang, I dunno yet.
post #8 of 10
Not to hijack your thread, but if anyone DOES know anything about the quality of J. Lindeberg suits, I'd love to know about them. Fuuma, Helmut Lang makes beautiful shoes. For a standard Chelsea Boot, you should also look at Costume National. Search Yoox for boots, you will be utterly overwhelmed by the shear quantity of what they have. And some can be had for a good price. Dan
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Thread Starter 
No problem about the hijacking, since most of the threads are about less "young" or "fashionable" designers (nothing wrong with that btw) I'll probably post a lot of questions about products in here.
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So anybody has an opinion about the Jil Sander suit having no sleeve buttons...because I find this to be a major anmoyance (okay it's easily fixed but still, modifying the original design is )
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