talked with an Oxxford Clothes rep today, had an interesting discussion. Â told me a lot about construction, stitching, collars, linings, etc. but also that the company had purchased a Brioni, Kiton, and some other suits several years ago and deconstructed them. Â Interesting comments on the brioni, in particular. Â He also mentioned they were visited by Anderson and Sheppard, who wanted to see the work; they told Oxxford that they were unable to put that much handwork into their suits, and that if Oxxford goes out of biz, there might never be suits made like that again. any thoughts, comments? Â I think i will be getting a suit or sportcoat by oxxford soon, to give it a shot.
I've heard that Oxxford has some interesting innovations, such as the way they make their pockets and the fact that the waistband is made of one piece. If you look at their pockets, they are creased on the inside in an accordian style. So that when you put something in your pocket, the bulge goes inward rather than outward. The waistband is constructed such that weight distributes around the entire band, rather than on one side where the item in your pocket is located. Thus, it reduces the sag more than normal trousers show. Button holes are all handstitched. Lapels have a separate canvas lining which are never fused to the materials. If fused, it is glued rather than stitched in, which means excessive dry cleaning will cause it to loosen, bunch up, and stop laying across the chest in a natural, curved fashion. Neiman Marcus has always been the best place for me to purchase Oxxford. If not great selection, they've got access to anything you would want. I've never been impressed by Saks, which seems to be poorly run. Just look at the stock prices of both companies.