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post #16 of 27
A "few" other people of note with whom Kilgour's has become identified... http://www.8savilerow.com/clients.html Grayson
post #17 of 27
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A few years ago when I visited him, James Levett, a bespoke tailor on Savile Row (#13), was making RJ garments, maybe their M2M suits?  Levett, for a time at least, has made suits for actor Hugh Grant, one of the more dapper actors.  I've received postcards in the past alerting me to his traveling itinerary, so, hopefully, he hasn't hung up his cutting shears for good.
As if on cue, I received a letter today from James Levett, the Savile Row tailor referred to earlier in this thread, detailing his travel itinerary for NY.  His letter seems to suggest other US destinations planned, though no details.  I don't have any direct experience with Mr. Levett, so can't vouch for him, but here's the info about his stay... 4/18---noon 4/20 Intercontinental Hotel 111 E. 48 St NYC 212.755.5900 (Hotel) 0207.287.5512 (JL's tel. #) Grayson
post #18 of 27
I visited Barneys today and tried on a Richard James suit that fit me rather well. It was very slim fitting and the fabric was of pretty good quality. At $1,500 retail, I chose not to buy it. Are there places where I can find the suit for cheaper? I forgot to do the canvassing test but I assume it's still fused. What's the right price to pay for a Richard James suit?
post #19 of 27
I have a suit from Richard James' "Mayfair" line in a midnight blue wool and mohair blend. I think Mayfair is his lower line. It was one of my first suits, bought before I started learning about suit construction and such. It is half-canvassed, but I still love the cut. I would not likely buy another one unless it was at a really steep discount, but I often wear this one for going out.
post #20 of 27
I have a Richard James pinstripe which I love. It's a little bit "banker" I guess, but the cut is fabulous, and the cloth first rate. Shirts appear on sale here in UAE quite a lot; sadly, I was broke last week and passed on a gorgeous stripped shirt for about 150 AED ... that's about 20 quid or so! A
post #21 of 27
It's interesting, RJ and Kilgour have no doubt seen a big decline in quality over the past few years. RJ has been in steady decline in terms of quality for a while especially the suits but as RJman states his use of colour can be exceptional.
For me the bigger worry semes to be Kilgour. When Brandelli first took over the RTW suits and shirtings were of lovely quslity and he simply added a little quirk here or there. Gradually he has added more and more so-called innovations that have seen the line get worse and worse in terms of quality, which is a real shame. This seemed to me to coincide with the opening of No 8, maybe those high rents are having an effect. Such a shame as it could have all been so much better.
post #22 of 27
I picked up a really cool, and well cut RJ dress shirt from Century 21 in Paramus earlier this summer...$99.
post #23 of 27
RJMan,

I have a Richard James RTW suit (about seven or eight years old at least) that says "Made in England" on it. Any idea who the manufacturer might be? I think I bought it at Bergdorf's.
post #24 of 27
Wensum might have made it. Savile Row Master Tailor Darren Beaman mentioned some other English factory which might have made them as well. Quality is meh, although the cloths can be nice. I think the suits used to be fused and are now half-canvassed.
post #25 of 27
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I still think RJ's a genius with color..

I always thought so, too. "Fashion-y" types always skip right over him, even in menswear discussions, and go to the usual suspects of Etro, Byblos, Paul Smith, and Missoni... but he tends to do it in a way that keeps everything still rather wearable and yet with a bit of fun.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by RJman View Post
Wensum might have made it. Savile Row Master Tailor Darren Beaman mentioned some other English factory which might have made them as well. Quality is meh, although the cloths can be nice. I think the suits used to be fused and are now half-canvassed.

That's a good summation of this suit. The construction quality is sketchy, but the navy herringbone cloth is great. The cut of the jacket is also quite nice; very English, moderately slim.
post #27 of 27
Quality of fine is first rate. Again, made in England. Agreed on use of color (especially in shirts) especially since Oswald Boateng has jumped completely into the realm of the unwearable
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