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Navy blazer that I had you look at...

post #1 of 28
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Well, after I posted the link to the ebay auction and had you all look at it, I e-mailed the seller to find out more about the jacket. He told me it was from "their soft collection" (lowercase soft). The knowledge and advice of the members on this forum lead me to believe that he may not have known what he was dealing with, and so I bid slightly over $200. And you were right. For $213.50 (after shipping) I ended up with what appears to be a very recent DB navy blazer, with the Made in Switzerland tag that was described by one of the other members on their DB jacket. It appears that there may be a very slight abrasion to the fabric near the collar, but I have a feeling that it may disappear when my tailor gets ahold of the garment, as he will have to take a lot of fabric out of the top. You have served me well SF, thank you.
post #2 of 28
h_s, I forget the maker?
post #3 of 28
Switzerland and soft - gotta be Zegna's soft line.
post #4 of 28
All the Zegna "Soft" junk I thought was glued together in Switz.
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Zegna Soft was made in Switzerland? One of the other members had a jacket exactly like this made in Switzerland from the Sartoriale line. None of the inside tags have the "Ermenegildo Zegna ~ Soft ~" logo. As far as I can tell it is a canvassed Sartoriale.
post #6 of 28
Sorry to jump in but do any of you guys know anything about Zegna Trofeo?
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
It's just one of their fabric lines, shouldn't be an indication of construction quality. So, does it look like this really is a Zegna Soft, even though it doesn't have any tags inside to indicate that? If it is Soft, was $200 too much?
post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
And it has pick stitching.
post #9 of 28
Hey look - I was wrong :-) I don't know Sartoriale and made an incorrect assumption. Hmmm.. according to styleforum rules I should get defensive and lash out at somebody... any takers? Trofeo is a good line, canvassed construction and good fabrics.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
So, does that mean we think it is or isn't Soft? I'm not the best with the pinch test, but it seems like the fabric is separate from the lining throughout. Anybody else wish to weigh in? Thanks.
post #11 of 28
Or... maybe I guessed right. Trofeo is a fabric line but they use it in their 'main' line that they sell at Neiman Marcus etcetera - I've never seen a Zegna suit in the Trofeo line that was bad. As to Soft - you may have paid a little much but if it fits well don't fret over it. Pickstitching is machine done on a lot of fused suits now to make them look better. If you rub the lapel gently between thumb and forefinger you'll feel the canvas if it is in there. if not, it is likely a Zegna Soft, fused construction. Again, don't get bent out of shape - it is probably a nice looking jacket and it wasn't a $2000 purchase.
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well, if I rub the lapel or the chest of the jacket, it seems to glide fairly freely. Maybe there is hope. I did find the label inside that said MSRP = $1450, so, maybe it isn't Soft.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
And here's the final question (for now at least): If it is Soft, and I've already got $200 in it, is it worth the additional $150-200 that my tailor would charge to alter it correctly? Thanks.
post #14 of 28
I'd have you email me pics but yahoo mail (and thus every one of my email accounts) is down. If it slides freely it usually means fused.  a canvas interlining will feel like a harder scratchy mesh. $1450 might be accurate - Zegna soft is not priced that far below mainline Zegna but mainline Zegan is a better value generally. Again - we are a bunch of snobs around here so if you got a nice jacket that fits well then don't waste time being worried - enjoy it. Oh wait - just saw your question about whether to put $150-200 into alteration. Honestly? I might rebay it if it needs THAT much alteration and then spend the $350 on another. ...some day we'll go over what was in my closet when I was your age :-)  Jacque Penne' baby.
post #15 of 28
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And here's the final question (for now at least): If it is Soft, and I've already got $200 in it, is it worth the additional $150-200 that my tailor would charge to alter it correctly? Thanks.
h_s, Zegna "soft" is made in Italy.  Just verified that.  Zegna MTM is made in Switzerland.  Just verified that.  Zegna's "soft" line will always have a label that says specifically that: ~soft~
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