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post #31 of 43
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I do. I'd love to try Jantzen for the shirts, but it sounds like the turnaround is pretty rough at the moment. Also, is sartorialsolutions (Carlo?) as reputable for shoes as he is for suits?
post #32 of 43
Dusty - nah, he's a real prick. Write me offline to ask which shoes and if I'm not 100 percent accurate you can board flame me to a cinder.
post #33 of 43
Trea suits are decent. Nothing fabulous but good for a fused suit. They are the maker of the suits that some ebayers call genuine zegna because they use high end cloth in their suits. There was once a huge thread about a seller in Germany selling them for $300 -$400 or so and calling them genuine Zegna. I have actually been to thier factory in Italy and like I said - they do a good fused suit with a little better construction than some other factories but nothing like Hickey. We picked up a few hundred overstock suits and jackets from them and never had a complaint - but I didn't claim that they were $2000 Zegna suits either :-) I've been toying with the idea of putting 'unique' items that wouldn't sell on ebay on my own site and alerting forum guys when I have something special. It pains me no end that certain 'names' bring twice the price of some items that are outrageously wonderful no-namers. I've got a 36 guy who is looking to consign a bunch of stuff with me in a couple weeks and will set aside anything that looks like a good possibility for you.
post #34 of 43
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Dusty - nah, he's a real prick.
Haha, why didn't somebody tell me he posted on this forum? But that sounds great about the 36 guy, I'd really appreciate it.
post #35 of 43
dusty, if you don't want to follow my advice, at the very least get something that is sewn together, not glued together. i've seen canali suits at bloomingdale's on sale for under $600. la guy, they used to have aclub at the knitting factory called 'par-avion'. i think it was the last sunday of every month. really catchy 'pre-electro clash' music. i've never heard anything like it anywhere else.
post #36 of 43
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dusty, if you don't want to follow my advice, at the very least get something that is sewn together, not glued together. i've seen canali suits at bloomingdale's on sale for under $600.
I wish I could follow your advice, but you know how money is for college kids. I still appreciate your help very much. I'll definitely try to get a canvassed suit if at all possible.
post #37 of 43
Has anyone asked, or have you said, what style of suit/wardrobe you want/have? Are you a prep, or like the Italian stuff, or Savile Row, or what? Some "undervalued" brands (by that I mean you could spend a couple hundred on ebay and get a very well made suit, and expect to spend another hun or so on good tailoring): Southwick, Hickey-Freeman, Samuelsohn, Paul Stuart, Brooks Bros. Golden Fleece possibly, Southwick, even Oxxford You'll be more limited in finding a 36, but don't miss out on some of these brands.
post #38 of 43
Dusty, If you know your measurements, or have access to a place that sells 36R Zegna suits, take a look at this. Zegna This guy is a reputable seller, and while the price isn't awe-inspiring, it is a good deal nonetheless, a verstaile suit, and your size to boot. And it sure as hell beats looking everywhere for your size.
post #39 of 43
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Haven't mentioned it yet, though I've got to say I like all of the styles you mentioned. I suppose I like the Italian silhouette best and it would probably look best on me. The main thing I'm after is versatility. I'm definitely on the lookout for most of the brands you listed, though I've never heard of Samuelsohn or Southwick. English? Thanks johnny. I was actually looking at that one earlier. I hate to be so picky, but I'd prefer a center vent and flat fronts (being a skinny guy).
post #40 of 43
Samuelsohn -- Canadian maker, cut like Hickey Freeman. Southwick -- cut like Hickey, but recent offerings are all fused or half canvas. What do you think of the Zegna?
post #41 of 43
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Thanks johnny. I was actually looking at that one earlier. I hate to be so picky, but I'd prefer a center vent and flat fronts (being a skinny guy).
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post #42 of 43
AHHHH...   Double vents are better, they really are -- even on a skinny guy.   The chances of finding a NWT 36R in a canvas front with flat front pants for $500 or less in a classic fabric are close to zero.  FWIW, I like flat front odd pants, but with a suit a pleat actually looks better.  The Zegna pants are single pleat, right?
post #43 of 43
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Haha, you may be right about those vents. I was actually planning on watching eBay for a while to see what kind of things went up for auction, how much they go for, etc. to get a feel for the whole process before I dive in and buy one. It's not urgent or anything; I've got plenty of time (though I do appreciate you trying to find one for me). Not to mention this 36R lot Carlo mentioned is wildly intriguing.
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