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Generic Italian suit better than typical Calvin Klein/Kenneth Cole/Ralph Lauren suit?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to stay away from the cheaper CK/Kenneth Cole/Lauren/Boss suits, as I've read here. In doing so, I'm looking at my local 3-day suit broker for their Italian suits. But, they are no-name brands, such as Zillioni, or... I forgot the other brand... They are around the same price as the name-brand suits. $200ish.

I'm concerned about fit, as I've also read about here, and is it safe to assume an Italian suit will be constructed significantly better/fit better/look better?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by drew4392 View Post
I'm trying to stay away from the cheaper CK/Kenneth Cole/Lauren/Boss suits, as I've read here. In doing so, I'm looking at my local 3-day suit broker for their Italian suits. But, they are no-name brands, such as Zillioni, or... I forgot the other brand... They are around the same price as the name-brand suits. $200ish.

I'm concerned about fit, as I've also read about here, and is it safe to assume an Italian suit will be constructed significantly better/fit better/look better?

Thanks!

A quick answer to your question is no, others will chime in about the different RL suits available and the price ranges, but more importantly, what is a 3 day suit broker, second time I've read this and I have no idea what it is.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
3-Day Suit Broker is a store that is only open 3 days/week to maintain lower overhead, and offer better deals on suits. Thats their pitch anyhow...

(www.3daysuitbroker.com)

Then, I dont understand the emphasis on Italian-made suits... Perhaps I should simply focus on fit and cost regardless if its made in Indonesia or Italy?
post #4 of 10
At that price you might want to look into Wizard of Ahh's stuff on Ebay. You can get some M. Valentino suits, which have been said to be a fairly slim fit, for a great price if you mention SF to the seller.

http://stores.ebay.com/The-Wizard-of-Aahs

Do a search on the forum here to check out what people have said about the suits. I'm thinking about picking one up in the next few months. The price is right and the service/communication has been highly rated.
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Originally Posted by drew4392 View Post
3-Day Suit Broker is a store that is only open 3 days/week to maintain lower overhead, and offer better deals on suits. Thats their pitch anyhow...

(www.3daysuitbroker.com)

Then, I dont understand the emphasis on Italian-made suits... Perhaps I should simply focus on fit and cost regardless if its made in Indonesia or Italy?

thanks for the explanation, it's an odd sales pitch but whatever.

Anyway, theoretically, a suit made in Italy or England or the US, will be of a much higher quality than one made somewhere in Micronesia. That being said, you cannot shop based on the country of manufacture. I would suggest looking at different suits/stores, even those that you cannot afford, and finding what style/brand you like. Then you can inquire here as to where you can find said suit at your budget or an equivalent suit. $200 is a tough amount to get a new suit with, particularly if you insist on buying it in person but if you can tell us what kind of suit features you are looking for, someone may be able to help.
post #6 of 10
This is why God gave us thrift stores....
$200.00 would buy me 15 suits of the highest quality (but would take 5 years to find them!).
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post
At that price you might want to look into Wizard of Ahh's stuff on Ebay. You can get some M. Valentino suits, which have been said to be a fairly slim fit, for a great price if you mention SF to the seller.

http://stores.ebay.com/The-Wizard-of-Aahs

Do a search on the forum here to check out what people have said about the suits. I'm thinking about picking one up in the next few months. The price is right and the service/communication has been highly rated.

Hmm can someone comment on the quality and size/fit of the M. Valentino suits? The price looks ok, how are the suits compared to other typical discounted stuff you find in that price range (Cheap hickey, jack victor, HSM, hugo boss)???
post #8 of 10
I've seen plenty of no-name Italian suits (Naldini, for one) that are not as nice as Peerless made suits (CK, RRL, Sean John etc.).

I have heard good things about M Valentino suits. Also, my Baroni is better quality than Peerless and about the same price.
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Originally Posted by Flambeur View Post
Hmm can someone comment on the quality and size/fit of the M. Valentino suits? The price looks ok, how are the suits compared to other typical discounted stuff you find in that price range (Cheap hickey, jack victor, HSM, hugo boss)???

I was going to link you to the thread discussing the M. Valentino suits but it seems as if you've already found it
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by AnGeLiCbOrIs View Post

I've seen plenty of no-name Italian suits (Naldini, for one) that are not as nice as Peerless made suits (CK, RRL, Sean John etc.).

I have heard good things about M Valentino suits. Also, my Baroni is better quality than Peerless and about the same price.

 

 

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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post
At that price you might want to look into Wizard of Ahh's stuff on Ebay. You can get some M. Valentino suits, which have been said to be a fairly slim fit, for a great price if you mention SF to the seller.

http://stores.ebay.com/The-Wizard-of-Aahs

Do a search on the forum here to check out what people have said about the suits. I'm thinking about picking one up in the next few months. The price is right and the service/communication has been highly rated.

Hmm can someone comment on the quality and size/fit of the M. Valentino suits? The price looks ok, how are the suits compared to other typical discounted stuff you find in that price range (Cheap hickey, jack victor, HSM, hugo boss)???

 

 

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Originally Posted by drew4392 View Post
3-Day Suit Broker is a store that is only open 3 days/week to maintain lower overhead, and offer better deals on suits. Thats their pitch anyhow...

(www.3daysuitbroker.com)

Then, I dont understand the emphasis on Italian-made suits... Perhaps I should simply focus on fit and cost regardless if its made in Indonesia or Italy?

thanks for the explanation, it's an odd sales pitch but whatever.

Anyway, theoretically, a suit made in Italy or England or the US, will be of a much higher quality than one made somewhere in Micronesia. That being said, you cannot shop based on the country of manufacture. I would suggest looking at different suits/stores, even those that you cannot afford, and finding what style/brand you like. Then you can inquire here as to where you can find said suit at your budget or an equivalent suit. $200 is a tough amount to get a new suit with, particularly if you insist on buying it in person but if you can tell us what kind of suit features you are looking for, someone may be able to help.

What did the OP end up buying and how was his experience? 

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