Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ligament, Oct 2, 2004.
Anybody try the custom made Target or Lands End pants yet?
What are your opinions?
(Conoisseurs of MTM/bespoke, avert your eyes...)
It depends what your requirements are in terms of detailing, workmanship and fabric quality. Â Eighty dollars would be very inexpensive even for a pair of untailored off-the-rack slacks in a marginally passable gabardine, so given the number of options LE gives you in terms of features, fit and tailoring, it's a pretty great deal as long as the compromises of machine tailoring are acceptable to you.
Their gabardines generally suit my purposes as an everyday pair of slacks, given my current budget and time constraints, but they're done by machine, so if you require signs of fine workmanship, look elsewhere.
Given my particular body (long and lean), being able to customize the fit means I certainly get a MUCH better fit than if I were to go OTR. Â The gabardine, to my hand, is of good quality and has a nice drape. Â (I was less impressed with the wool they used to use for their 'year-rounder' fabric, but they may be using a different wool now.)
For me, these are the most significant transgressions (I wish I had a digital camera, but alas...):
1.) The buttonholes on the rear pockets (which are optional, if memory serves) are clearly stitched first, THEN opened, resulting in a somewhat ragged finish. Â The buttonhole is also cut a smidge more generously on its wider end than ideally. Â Frankly, I don't like teardrop-shaped buttonholing at all, but I live with it.
2.) If you order cuffs/turnups, the final tacking is stitched from the outside, making it visible, and they don't do a consistently good job of matching the thread to the fabric.
If these two things continue to bother me enough, eventually I'll take them to a tailor to try to have them corrected -- I'll still be far ahead of the game, as I doubt I'd be able to get this fit in this quality of fabric anywhere without spending a few hundred dollars.
And much to their credit, LE will take back anything, any time, for any reason -- even 'Custom', so if you think you might be able to live with or correct those drawbacks, you can always order a pair and take a look risk-free.
As for Target, they give you hell when you try to return anything, even within 30 days and in perfect resale condition -- I wouldn't even think about buying slacks from them.
I agree completely with what Leo wrote, though my perceptions were a good deal less refined. The year-rounder wool is still lousy, the gaberdine fine. I think, all things considered, it is best for khakis (the color cognac is very nice) and getting a pair of pants that fits well to have copied elsewhere (I am doing this now).
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