Baldessarini certainly does not rate with Isaia and Purple Label. The latter two have much more handwork and are as a result much softer and mold to the body much better. That said, I would put Baldessarini in the second tier of suits. The fabrics they use are sometimes a bit bold for my tastes, but the quality seems to be good to very good. Sometimes I don't like the styling, but I've tried on a few that I've really thought looked good on me -- in particular, their two buttons have a very nice button stance and they seem to cut their vents pretty nicely. Baldessarini is made by R. Caruso; I've tried the regular R. Caruso label suits (Stone Streets in Cambrige carries R. Caruso, which sells for between $1000 and $1300), and I think the Baldessarini ones are better made. Would I pay $700 for a Baldessarini suit? If it fit very, very well OTR and I really loved the fabric. To compare, I would pay $700 for a Kiton if I like the fabric and thought it fit reasonably well OTR (so long as I knew alterations would make it fit very, very well). It would be ridiculous to set a price ceiling for a particular label. Someone may say, "Don't pay $700, because you can find a Canali for $350 on Ebay." That's bad advice. The $1800 retail on a Baldessarini is high, but it's not outrageous. It's a quality suit well deserving of a $1500 price tag, in my opinion. $700 is still a bargain. You won't be getting ripped off, for sure.