Hi JohnMS -- thanks for sharing. My size is 39L, and I bought a traditional fit LE jacket a year ago in 40L and found it *way* to big. It was like a tent -- really quite ridiculously large around the body. However, I've found their tailored fit shirts to fit very well indeed. Is their tailored fit jacket significantly slimmer than their traditional fit jacket? And are their half-canvas jackets better than their regular (fused garments). How close are half-canvas to full-canvas? thanks, -boston
boston, LE rarely offers full-canvas suits (we do, on occasion). We're just not in the marketplace to compete with those companies who already do such a superb job of offering fully-canvassed suits. And, not to denigrade one's own products, but yes, the half-canvas makes are a step up from the fusibles (as is probably true in most cases). Country of origin is Portugal, unless otherwise noted (Italian makers are offered from time to time). We use the same tailors (same company) in Portugal that make Hugo Boss and Armani. In most cases, only about five half-canvas suits are made in the time it takes to make 50 fusibles. This is due to the hand-cutting of fabric, the careful half-canvas construction, closer final inspections, etc. Unlike the fusibles, Half-canvas coats generally offer more pockets, pickstitiching along lapels, collars, pocket edges, etc., sweat shields, nicely finished sleeve caps, and the fit is more tailored than traditional fused suitcoats (i.e., less ease across the upper back, upper chest, higher arm scyes to allow independent movement of the arm, less ease in the waist). Trousers (also tailored fit) come with brace buttons and linings to the knees. Also, the quality of fabrics tends to be better, which makes sense. You want a fabric that will drape nicely and pay off the dividends of that half-canvas work. I'm not a suit expert, but I hope that gives you a better idea. LE tries to offer a well-made product at a specific range of price points. Obviously, there are limitations to what can be achieved this way, but there are also (as JohnMS has so nicely pointed out) some very great values to be had. Beyond that, there are obviously thousands of excellent options for any gentleman to choose from. And of course, this forum is one of the best places to learn about them.