Nice piece of background JM....
How does one get banned from SF?
Actually my next question might get me banned..... In regards to Zegna suiting how do they stack up in terms of construction, quality. Are they generally cut on a conservative block or more tapered? I have been eyeing off a few Zegna DB's. It appears most DB's have a chalk/pin stripe of some sort, does that mean that's the ideal look of the DB?
My experience with Zegna is up until about 2011.
The Zegna Milano block (if it still is around since I last checked), is a contemporary classic. Mainline fabrics are always excellent, and the construction is of high quality (albeit machine made). Depending on the block, they have a varying amounts of padding.The Zegna silhouette, especially around the lower chest to the waist, to me is fantastic, although not as trendy as many here prefer. For my taste, they are certainly a better suit than most of the RTW, MTM lines and even Bespoke options often discussed here.
However, Zegna mainline is overpriced as compared to a brand like Isaia. Additionally, Zegna are becoming ever more a fashion label, removing supply to small stores that carried them when they were little known in Australia. They seem to be abandoning their core values, and little is made in Italy any more. I don't think I'll buy Zegna products in the near future, as you can probably find better quality products for less and still made in Italy (if that is important to you).