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post #81646 of 121834
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

$12 for a suit!!???? What a ripoff....I pay $10 at most GWs

I almost threw up this weekend when I saw a Hickey Freeman Orphan for $75 in Stamford CT. I wasn't in that store long at all.

Heh - yes now I'm paying too much...tho if I happen to find the jacket and pants separately it's $10. I see folks trying to separate and pretend it's not a suit - if they need to stiff GW for $2 then I guess they need it more than I do.
post #81647 of 121834

NEW SCAVENGER HUNT FOR CHARITY LIST JUST POSTED!!!!!

post #81648 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Jonny Foy View Post
 

If we're talking about Prada suits and sportcoats, a lot of that is fused with no detailing, right?  One of the nicer Tom James jackets is a different story.

But a lot of it is Made in Italy by Belvest...right?

post #81649 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Jonny Foy View Post
 

If we're talking about Prada suits and sportcoats, a lot of that is fused with no detailing, right?  One of the nicer Tom James jackets is a different story.

 

If we're talking about Tom James suits and sportcoats, a lot of that is fused with no detailing, right?  One of the nicer ​Prada jackets is a different story.

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Didn't know Belvest had anything to do with Prada, but it makes sense as many global clothing brands, especially the ones already based in Europe, will contract with a European workshop that might have a reputation of its own to do up their clothes.  That said, Prada stuff might be made in the same factory as Belvest, but you're much better off with an actual Belvest garment.  Belvest doesn't have as many shareholders to please or much if any advertising budget to fund, so they don't have much need to cut corners.  I can't even remember the last time I looked at a Prada suit, but nothing of theirs I can recall looked anything like that navy Tom James blazer I posted a photo of above.  Again, I think the actual construction of a Tom James garment is much better than the reputation of the business side of TJ would have many think: If you find like-new TJ stuff with the Ventura, Royal Classic, or older Filo a Mano label, it is full canvas.  And if you find any of their stuff from a different line that has the Holland and Sherry tag, do the pinch test to check for canvas - hard to think a mtm customer would spring for H&S fabric on a fused garment (I believe I saw an Innocenti Oro line garment with H&S fabric and full canvas once). 

Most Prada is fused.  And in any case, Prada may make clothing for men, but they are not a menswear label.  Don't be fooled into thinking their products for you are equal to their products for "her."  Witness exhibit B: Prada's awful men's shoes.  Those for sure are only to be thrifted at the steepest of steep discounts.

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Well I will jump in real quick since we are talking about Tom James.

 

I received a few suits (actually a few x3, or was it? :smarmy:) from them in a trade with a fellow member.  What I can say about what I received is probably top tier.  H&S cloth, in fact one of them is so freaking soft, I want to wear the suit naked. This feels like butter, and is so damn gorgeous.  The reputable trader confirmed it feels nicer than a 14 micron Kiton.  From what little research I did on a few of these items, I came to the conclusion that a few were from a bespoke line from TJ, not all MTM.  Anyways, the quality is superb IMO from most stuff I've thrifted for myself.  The fabric is top tier H&S.  The drape is gorgeous, and the working button cuffs fit prefect :fonz:

 

I'm not here to discuss why they are so good, or why they may be a waste of time. But for me, and what I received, FUCK YEA THEY ARE AWESOME!  Holy freaking shit, I would trade for another dozen if I could!

 

Enjoy them if they are for your personal use, especially if the quality in construction and fabric is anything compared to what I received.

 

 

DISCLOSER: I'm only leaving the trader out of the convo because:

 

A. I doubt he / she cares.

B. He / she can chime in if they please.

C. I don't want to step on any toes or bring anyone into my convo w/o prior communication.

post #81652 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Jonny Foy View Post
Warning: TJ is much better than Prada rant (Click to show)
 

Didn't know Belvest had anything to do with Prada, but it makes sense as many global clothing brands, especially the ones already based in Europe, will contract with a European workshop that might have a reputation of its own to do up their clothes.  That said, Prada stuff might be made in the same factory as Belvest, but you're much better off with an actual Belvest garment.  Belvest doesn't have as many shareholders to please or much if any advertising budget to fund, so they don't have much need to cut corners.  I can't even remember the last time I looked at a Prada suit, but nothing of theirs I can recall looked anything like that navy Tom James blazer I posted a photo of above.  Again, I think the actual construction of a Tom James garment is much better than the reputation of the business side of TJ would have many think: If you find like-new TJ stuff with the Ventura, Royal Classic, or older Filo a Mano label, it is full canvas.  And if you find any of their stuff from a different line that has the Holland and Sherry tag, do the pinch test to check for canvas - hard to think a mtm customer would spring for H&S fabric on a fused garment (I believe I saw an Innocenti Oro line garment with H&S fabric and full canvas once). 

Most Prada is fused.  And in any case, Prada may make clothing for men, but they are not a menswear label.  Don't be fooled into thinking their products for you are equal to their products for "her."  Witness exhibit B: Prada's awful men's shoes.  Those for sure are only to be thrifted at the steepest of steep discounts.

 

Then I complimented you on the Blue sport coat.

Then I got schooled on a bunch of stuff about TJ I already knew.

 

post #81653 of 121834
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post
 

 

$12 for a suit!!???? What a ripoff....I pay $10 at most GWs

 

I almost threw up this weekend when I saw a Hickey Freeman Orphan for $75 in Stamford CT. I wasn't in that store long at all.

Hahaha gotta love that GW. Some of the wackiest pricing i have ever seen. I picked up 2 brioni pants and a pair of belvest pants for $6 bucks each because they didnt have a flashy tag, but you could load a fucking truck with all the $75+ BB suits they have.

post #81654 of 121834
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Originally Posted by edwardthefirst View Post

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Awesome haul, bro. Those are some great ties.

Thanks man.  I'm beginning to have too many ties...and work only requires ties once in a while.

 

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Originally Posted by Evil Abed View Post
 

Where in Cali are you Baker? Inquiring minds want to know.

I'm in the Sac area

post #81655 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View PostFrom what little research I did on a few of these items, I came to the conclusion that a few were from a bespoke line from TJ, not all MTM.

Snoogz, post photos of the bespoke ones you traded for, if you get the chance.  I've never come across one of the bespoke level Tom James suits and am curious about how to ID them.  From what I understand about their production, they are close to Oxxford quality, if not Oxxford suits themselves, as they are made in the same factory in Chicago where Oxxford suits are made.

post #81656 of 121834
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post
  Warning: TJ is much better than Prada rant (Click to show)

 

Then I complimented you on the Blue sport coat.

Then I got schooled on a bunch of stuff about TJ I already knew.

 

Don't feel wounded, tex.  It's easy to become intoxicated by a label's branding aura at the expense of underestimated and overlooked quality elsewhere.  Your provision of photos depicting that EuroRail conductors' suit proves my point nicely!

post #81657 of 121834
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Originally Posted by GM-H View Post
 

Hahaha gotta love that GW. Some of the wackiest pricing i have ever seen. I picked up 2 brioni pants and a pair of belvest pants for $6 bucks each because they didnt have a flashy tag, but you could load a fucking truck with all the $75+ BB suits they have.

 

About a month ago found three suits at one place: Armani for $17.99, Brioni for $14.99, and a Kiton 100% cashmere for $12.99 :D A BB was marked $34.99.  And a Tasso Elba for $29.99!

post #81658 of 121834
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post Warning: What? (Click to show)

Warning: TJ is much better than Prada rant (Click to show)

 

Then I complimented you on the Blue sport coat.

Then I got schooled on a bunch of stuff about TJ I already knew.

 

 

 

Weird, most of my post blew up, so what's left doesn't make sense.

TLDR: I wasn't talking shit about your find, stop talking shit about mine.

post #81659 of 121834
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Originally Posted by Jonny Foy View Post
 

Don't feel wounded, tex.  It's easy to become intoxicated by a label's branding aura at the expense of underestimated and overlooked quality elsewhere.  Your provision of photos depicting that EuroRail conductors' suit proves my point nicely!

 

Seriously, what the fuck is your problem?

post #81660 of 121834

Having spent about 3 hours reading 100 or so pages of this thread last night - it inspired me to go hunting for the first time :)

 

I live in Toronto but currently spending time with my wifes family in North Bay, ON - so heading down to their Value Village. 99.9% of the store was complete tat, but the one diamond (relatively speaking) in the rough was a vintage Yves Saint Laurent Tuxedo Jacket for $14.99 that fit me perfectly.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I was headed to the cash register I also found a mid century modern coffee table that whilst needed some TLC, was $6.99. I went back later in the day with my wife and snapped it up as a new 'project' for her :)

 

Finally I found a few pairs of some long Zenga socks in Winners for $3 per pair (said retail was $20) but I didn't buy as I am not a fan of knee length socks.

 

All in all, a good first attempt!

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