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post #1 of 24
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I'm thinking of buying a Belvest suit but I've never actually seen one in person. I know the quality is top-notch, but how would their cut and styling be described?  From the pics I've seen, it looks like the jackets are kind of a hybrid between Neapolitan and Northern Italian styles (similar to Castangia) - fairly slim, light shoulder padding ,etc.? What about the fit of the pants - are they roomy, slim, etc.?? Thanks.
post #2 of 24
I've found the pants to be fairly close fitting, not as much so as Borrelli, but a bit more so than Brioni and MUCH more so than US manufacturers. As for the cut, it's a bit unique, I don't have any pictures handy, but a couple belvest suits/jackets I own are among my most favorite pieces of clothing. In fact, I'm wearing one today.
post #3 of 24
For some reason, I think you're located in DC/northern VA/MD. Haven't been there in some time, but Niccolo in Georgetown Park carried Belvest.  Don't know if they still do. If they still do and you're in DC, you can see for yourself.
post #4 of 24
My 2-button Belvest suit jacket has the higest gorge I've seen on any RTW suit, fairly narrow lapels, side vents, self cloth on the undercollar, no lining, no shoulder pads... The pants are plain front, and I just hemmed the bottoms, no cuffs. It wasn't fused, it was machine-padded. Other than the hemming of the pant leg bottoms and the sleeve buttons/buttonholes, I see no other hand stitches. Nonetheless it is one of my very favorite wardrobe items.
post #5 of 24
I will try to post pics of the Belvest jacket I found a few weeks ago in this thread and the bragging thread. Maybe with me in it, actually, so you can see the shoulder.
post #6 of 24
I would like that too, as I found a Belvest on ebay for about $500 and am considering picking one up.
post #7 of 24
Niccolo in Georgetown Park does, indeed, carry Belvest. In addition, there's another store owned by the same people (I think called Lorenzo) that is at the confluence of M Street and Penn Ave next to the Four Seasons. Why do you care? The entire second floor is FILLED with D'Avenza suits. Mamma mia. EDIT: Just remember that I think that Bryce is in NYC. But the DC folks might still be tempted to stop in Lorenzo.
post #8 of 24
Does Niccolo or Lorenzo ever have sales?  If so, how big is the discount?
post #9 of 24
This might give you a little bit of an idea... http://www.bluefly.com/pages....e=links
post #10 of 24
...if they hadn't misbuttoned the top and bottom buttons... but you can see the shoulder.
post #11 of 24
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Niccolo in Georgetown Park does, indeed, carry Belvest.  In addition, there's another store owned by the same people (I think called Lorenzo) that is at the confluence of M Street and Penn Ave next to the Four Seasons. Why do you care? The entire second floor is FILLED with D'Avenza suits.  Mamma mia. EDIT: Just remember that I think that Bryce is in NYC.  But the DC folks might still be tempted to stop in Lorenzo.
Apologies for the thread jack, but how big is Lorenzo? I pass by it so much and it doesn't seem that large, but I've heard they carry D'avenza and I've been wanting to pop in.
post #12 of 24
Right, there is that little detail.
post #13 of 24
Just to chime in with all of those supporting Belvest, I purchased a 42S Belvest suit from DiscoStu (for approx $500) and have found it to be one of my favorites. Required minimal tailoring (pants hemmed/sleeves shortedned) and my tailor raved to me about the quality of the fabric and cut.
post #14 of 24
I have a MTM Belvest navy blazer from Ari Boston. It's nice, but the shoulder padding is a bit excessive for my tastes. Construction is excellent overall. I wear it all the time.
post #15 of 24
I have one of the Belvests from Louis Boston in size 44L - from ebay through johnnynorman3, who I definitely recommend.  The suit has a high gorge, high 2 button stance.  double vents.  rather tight on the body compared to most 44L's (of course, it is actually a 54L, which I feel better corresponds to a 43L).  Fits me great, and I would like to get one in navy blue in that cut in the future. My understanding is that the Belvest did adjust their cuts for Louis Boston, although I've never had that confirmed. Edit - As to the actual questions - the cut is slim, the shoulder padding is minimal, and the pants were flat fronted without being too slim. it all works incredibly well.
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