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When can I get a J. Crew Ludlow suit on sale?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by changeling, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. changeling

    changeling Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I'm in the market for a suit, and I like the Ludlow from J. Crew, but I'm not in a rush.

    Does anyone know if J. Crew ever puts them on sale? From what I've read online, the answer is no, or not often.

    But if so, when?

    And if so, is it possible to stack it with the 15% student discount?

  2. SS 376

    SS 376 Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2014
    Washington, DC
    J. Crew does discount suit separates (some of the Ludlow pants are on sale), so it is possible it will go on sale. That said, it wouldn't be hard to find something comparable for less than the ~$700 J.Crew charges. Hopefully someone can provide a little more information.
  3. changeling

    changeling Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Thanks! Yes, I see some Ludlow on sale now, but not the one I want.

    I know J. Crew is probably priced at a premium, but they seem to be the best of everything I've tried. And that everything includes:

    Ben Sherman
    Suit Supply
    Brooks Brothers
    Hugo Boss
    Ted Baker
    J. Lindeman
    Hickey Freeman

    I talked to Ben at eHaberdasher, who's been highly praised here -- but I can never seem to find the time to visit him to get the right size.
  4. BrooksLauren77

    BrooksLauren77 Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    The best in what context? Fit or quality? Brooks Brothers, Hickey Freeman and Suit Supply will be your best bet in terms of quality from what I've read on here.
    Alternatively, you can go Made to Measure.
  5. changeling

    changeling Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    style, size and construction

    I don't have the body for Brooks Brothers or Hickey Freeman.
    Suit Supply fit me, but I liked the J. Crew styling better.

    I know some people say the Ludlow's lapels are too aggressively thin, apt to go out of style soon, but I'm small and thin, so I can live with that.
  6. cowpoke

    cowpoke Member

    Oct 22, 2012
    I'll look to J. Crew next.

    I just picked up a Reiss summer suit today, and I was shocked at how good it is for the money (they were having a 70% off sale, which certainly didn't hurt). I'm a trim, lanky man (6'1", 160 lb, ~38.5" chest and ~32" waist), and the Reiss slim cut 38 fit me very close to perfectly off the rack. Certainly close enough to wear without tailoring. One of the sleeves will have to be shortened from the shoulder, and the waist needs to come in ever so slightly, but even though Reiss doesn't sell long-cut jackets, I found theirs was just long enough to work (it just covers the buttocks on me, though it would be more conservative if it were a half inch longer).

    I was on the fence about buying from Suit Supply, and I"m pretty glad I didn't. Suit Supply definitely uses a somewhat higher quality of fabric, but that's at the cost of the structure of the suit. They say the almost complete lack of padding at the shoulders (some of their models have more padding, but it's clunky) is some kind of sartorial detail, but "natural shoulders" is code for "pad stitching is difficult and we don't want to pay for it." As far as I'm concerned, a suit is supposed to be a comfortable, versatile piece of armor. It needs well-constructed padding or it's not going to sit right.

    Additionally, I loathe Suit Supply's overlapping cuff buttons. Fortunately the Reiss buttons just barely touch, which for me is how it should be.

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