Picked up a Pal Zileri Lab suit today that should hopefully work as a solid staple once tailoring is done. Funny though, because in the past two years of thrifting I've gotten relatively good at determining diffusion / lower end lines, and for some reason I saw the LAB and immediately thought that this was their Sartorial level and didn't even bother checking for fusing. Was slightly disappointed when I came up here and checked to find out it was their lower end line, but it looks pretty good and fits in the shoulders alright for now, so for $30 I couldn't be too upset. As long as it stays under $100 or so with tailoring I'd be satisfied, otherwise I may be proxying this to someone who it can fit better OTR. Lesson learned though: always do a quality test regardless of label names. I thought I had grown out of label whoring but I guess not.
Lab is not bad. I'm wearing my PZ Lab blazer today. It's got hand-done pick stitching around the peak lapels and it's canvassed, not fused. PZ Lab has the advantage of being more fashion-forward as well so you don't look like you're wearing "old-ass high-end labels".
^ ehh i think you got it backwards my dude, don't sweat the label. fit comes first (think of it as a threshold question before you even begin the inquiry), then styling, then you consider quality.
everyone on here gets hard-ons over old-ass high-end labels, when in reality they'd probably look better by walking into j crew and plunking down $400 or whatever for a made in china suit.
EDIT: watch the Put This On video where Jesse goes thrifting with the Street Etiquette dudes. i'd bet money that those SE dudes would s**t all over (almost) anyone in this thread in terms of style, but one thing that stood out to me is the fact that they gave exactly zero f**ks about labels. all they cared about was whether or not the piece looked cool and whether or not it would fit correctly after tailoring.
+1 BUT wearing something really well made just feels good as well