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Your favorite suit label?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sho'nuff, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. antirabbit

    antirabbit Well-Known Member

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    I have been looking at the s isaia chalkstripe selling on b and s and I'll go check it out at my local NM one day thanks antirabbit.

    Do, I need to fly out there and drag you to NM to try it on?

    Seriously, I am built a bit like you, and I can say that nothing fits me OTR like the Isaia base S. You will not be anything but shocked at what it will do for you. I think part of it has to do with the slimness of the sleeves, and also how there is a contour to the back that makes a mans profile look great. Im not sure it would look so good on a very skinny or shapeless body. You have to have a chest and shoulders to make this cut really work well.
     
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    jimmyoneil - Here's a pic of the Ralph Lauren Signature line tag:

    [​IMG]


    Thank you very much!
     
  3. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Do, I need to fly out there and drag you to NM to try it on?

    Seriously, I am built a bit like you, and I can say that nothing fits me OTR like the Isaia base S. You will not be anything but shocked at what it will do for you. I think part of it has to do with the slimness of the sleeves, and also how there is a contour to the back that makes a mans profile look great. Im not sure it would look so good on a very skinny or shapeless body. You have to have a chest and shoulders to make this cut really work well.


    Nice. Yeah I think it may be my next obsession thatll keep me up at night.
    From what I've seen though it looks to have al lower gorge and I am a bit picky on how the lapel doesn't cover the breast pocket partially like the ones I ve seen. That with the 3 roll to 3 style.

    I like a strong looking suit (like the S you mention with a higher gorge, where the lapel seams fall literally on your collarbones so to speak.
    Not that I prefer it per se, but just all the suits I have now are low gorge, so I want a little mix and diversity.
    But definitely will check it out.
    I promise.

    You don't have to fly out here but if you do ill treat you out to a nice korean dinner!
     
  4. clee1982

    clee1982 Well-Known Member

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    Well, that's why I never bought it... sort of waiting for the impossible discount to happen to try one I suppose. Just curious though, who makes Giorgio Armani's suit, can't imagine how "bad" it can be (if I can find something like 90% off).

    Armani falls very short on the quality side when compared to the suits mentioned in this thread.
    You buy Armani (and pay a huge premium) for the "Armani cut", which is unique, but way too expensive for what it really s.
     
  5. clee1982

    clee1982 Well-Known Member

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    I have some shape (earlier days in swimming and then ballroom dancing give me some butts I suppose?), but not much chest (stop lifting for a while). Any Isaia suit model that might work for me? Tried various ones in Barneys New York, but nothing really stand out for some reason, am I looking at the wrong thing?


    Do, I need to fly out there and drag you to NM to try it on?

    Seriously, I am built a bit like you, and I can say that nothing fits me OTR like the Isaia base S. You will not be anything but shocked at what it will do for you. I think part of it has to do with the slimness of the sleeves, and also how there is a contour to the back that makes a mans profile look great. Im not sure it would look so good on a very skinny or shapeless body. You have to have a chest and shoulders to make this cut really work well.
     
  6. jakejake

    jakejake Well-Known Member

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    Where is the best place to find good deals on Blue Label RL suits?
     
  7. Nicola

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    I would give RLPL a try if they make 36S, but they don't. 38S is just a bit too loose for me (and their MTM program isn't exactly cheap, at that price I would go somewhere else).

    I always need a slim fitting suit, as my build is rather small, 5"7' close to 5"8', 144 lb. That is usually a bit awkward size, as a 38 would be just a bit too big and 36 might or might not work depends on the brand (a 31 waist is also not helping...).


    You need to not think about the weight. We're fairly close in weight/height yet we take totally different sizes. Think about things in terms of cut and forget your weight. It's not an issue. You need something to fit your build.

    Some body should start importing Italian 46 into the US. The companies make plenty. Or at least the shops stock them here.
     
  8. Nataku

    Nataku Well-Known Member

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    I'll toss in another vote for Isaia. Lucky for me, it seems to be rather plentiful around here at deep discount (thrifts, consignment and outlets).
     
  9. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Any word on Rubinacci? A and S? Kilgour trout?
     
  10. apropos

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    RTW?

    RLBL fits me very well, though it can appear a little 'severe' to some eyes. PRL is mostly too damned baggy - 46" around the chest for a tagged 40R is just unacceptable.

    What I rate extremely highly though, is Caruso for RLPL - superlative fabrics, great finishing (not the best, but near), and designed for men not 'over the hill'.
     
  11. cheessus

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    I only have 3 suits, 2 of which are RLBL. The other is Kenneth Cole [​IMG] . If you're athletic, and look under 30, RLBL just fits amazingly well on you. I'd also purchase PRL suits if the opportunity ever arises. As for regular sports coats, my two favorites are: Barbera (by Attolini) and Zegna Su Misera. Both were bought on this forum they fit me like a glove. But for the Zegna, I sized down. Since I'm a student, I obviously haven't been able to spend more than $500 (with alterations) on a suit, so I have no experience with Isaia, Borrelli, Kiton, etc...though I do have their shirts, and if the shirt quality and fit are any indication, I suspect I'd look awesome in their suits as well. This is why I love RLBL; all I have to do is get the pants hemmed and I'm good to go. But I do have to size up.
     
  12. apropos

    apropos Well-Known Member

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    You reminded me - Borrelli fits me well as well, and has top notch construction. Nice shoulders, too.
     
  13. Charles55

    Charles55 Well-Known Member

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    My number one (only in suits/jackets) is Kiton with no exceptions. I "cleaned" my wardrobe from all other stuff and brands. Now it's small(er) but only the best is in it.
     
  14. hankwx

    hankwx Well-Known Member

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    i read the first two pages and jumped to reply.

    many top posters mentioned that the RLBL suits will end up looking dated. i'm not fulling understanding this perspective. isn't RLBL one of the most stylist and fashion forward suits one can buy? so years down the line, won't it be remembered as something classy than dated, like something that started the slim suit style (i know it didn't, but i'm just saying)?

    oh, and i do agree on the RL signature suits. they fit great on me. the top is cut just right and the wasit is not too slim.

    i'm surprised no one mentioned DIOR HOMME yet. [​IMG] i love their suits, but i don't look good wearing them. i'm EURO50, so the slimness is gone! KVA stuffs are crappy, but he didn't touch hedi's silhouette for suits. whew~!

    henry
     
  15. cgo

    cgo Well-Known Member

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    I tried on a Dior Homme suit before and they just dont fit right for me at all. I was thinking that would be a nice fit suit for me...how wrong was I. Anyone knows who actually manufacture Dior's suit?

    For now nothing beats the fit of RLBL for RTW suit
     
  16. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    Defunct RTW, which I guess can be found NOS or used today: Saint Andrews for Luciano Barbera.

    Currently available RTW, and the only RTW jackets that I still buy regularly: the Borrelli Linosa and Sorrento models.


    - B
     
  17. Jrslm_Stylin

    Jrslm_Stylin Well-Known Member

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    If that was "the suits in my closet" full stop I'd be deeply envious, but those are just your favorites?! Damn, that's one fine collection!

    This is the order of my favorites in my closet:
    1. Kiton
    2. Brioni
    3. Luciano Barbera (Attolini)
    4. ISAIA Solo 8
    5. Zegna made to measure
    6. Borrelli
     
  18. clee1982

    clee1982 Well-Known Member

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    Well, I know about that part, just some suit maker never work for me no matter how many different model of them I tried... For some reason I never settle with one cut. I don't think it's because I haven't found the perfect cut, it's just I want versatility in my suit choice.

    When I want slim, I go for RLBL, when I want presence I go for Versace, when I want a slim, but in a different style than RLBL (in my opinion RLBL's really low button make it hard to wear without tie), I go for Gucci, when I want the single button, with more fairly nipped waist, I go for Richard James. I just never find "the" cut that suits every mood and occasion. Don't konw if others have similar experience.

    You need to not think about the weight. We're fairly close in weight/height yet we take totally different sizes. Think about things in terms of cut and forget your weight. It's not an issue. You need something to fit your build.

    Some body should start importing Italian 46 into the US. The companies make plenty. Or at least the shops stock them here.
     
  19. cgo

    cgo Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you and i dont believe there is a "one brand suits all occassion" type. I like RLBL for the slim and low button stance and D&G for the more "masculine" construction. Jil Sander is another good one for a "different then RLBL" slim
     
  20. polar-lemon

    polar-lemon Well-Known Member

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    RTW?

    RLBL fits me very well, though it can appear a little 'severe' to some eyes. PRL is mostly too damned baggy - 46" around the chest for a tagged 40R is just unacceptable.

    What I rate extremely highly though, is Caruso for RLPL - superlative fabrics, great finishing (not the best, but near), and designed for men not 'over the hill'.


    My sz 40 PRL are 42" around the chest. Perhaps you tried an older model or it was mistagged?
     

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