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Are Valentino suits any good?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lotmoon_uk, May 12, 2007.

  1. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    All Valentino suits I have seen and touched are fused and IMO overpriced. They are nice.. but you can do better with the money
     
  2. Teacher

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    i don't think we're talking about the same thing - square shoulders tend to create bunching below the collar, which is fixable. That seems to be what you're talking about - i have the same problem (well, it's a good problem to have), and my tailor has no problem fixing it. it probably costs in the $20-50 range.

    Fit through the shoulder is talking about the width of the jacket. if it's too tight, you're not going to have enough material to extend it out (for starters, the shoulder padding might be insufficient, plus you need more material to extend the shoulder out). if it's too wide, you have to recut the shoulders, armhole, and probably the chest, as well as slice out some of the guts. that's a significant alteration, and will probably run you $100 to way up for that alone.


    Not only that, but the collar may well need to be constructed, which is time-consuming and difficult to do properly without the original manufacturer's templates. If it's a large adjustment, a new collar might need to be made, which means more fabric will need to be sourced. If this isn't done, the collar will never be right, which will be quite obvious.
     
  3. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    i don't think we're talking about the same thing - square shoulders tend to create bunching below the collar, which is fixable. That seems to be what you're talking about - i have the same problem (well, it's a good problem to have), and my tailor has no problem fixing it. it probably costs in the $20-50 range.

    Fit through the shoulder is talking about the width of the jacket. if it's too tight, you're not going to have enough material to extend it out (for starters, the shoulder padding might be insufficient, plus you need more material to extend the shoulder out). if it's too wide, you have to recut the shoulders, armhole, and probably the chest, as well as slice out some of the guts. that's a significant alteration, and will probably run you $100 to way up for that alone.


    Note that I said within reason. I think recutting shoulders and slicing out guts is sort of, not within reason.

    I agree I really meant the collar roll problem, but I stick to my comment that as long as the alteration is within reason, a competent tailor can do it.
     
  4. A Guy from Shanghai

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    I have seen Valentino suits at my local marshall's. Some of them indeed are fused, while there are a few are full canvassed. The ones that are full canvassed seem to have nice construction. They all have a black "Valentino" label, except the nicer ones also have a small label reads "Tailoring" beneath the main label. They may represent different lines. Anyone cares to comment?
     
  5. Tomasso

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    the nicer ones also have a small label reads "Tailoring" beneath the main label. They may represent different lines.

    I visited the Valentino Boutique in NYC a couple of years ago and checked out their couture line. I found them to be of Hickey Freeman quality in make, at a 3k plus price point.
     
  6. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    It's fine.

    For graduation, a one-button suit probably is fine. For work, formal events, and especially interviews, probably not.
     
  7. lotmoon_uk

    lotmoon_uk Active Member

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    For graduation, a one-button suit probably is fine. For work, formal events, and especially interviews, probably not.

    Umm.. yeah I was thinking that as well, then its no good having a suit when I can't get a job is it!?
     
  8. SteG

    SteG Well-Known Member

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    I own a black 100% linen Valentino (runway collection) suit. I bought it from the clearance section at Loehmann's with a coupon, and paid $150 in the end (marked down from $599). It's my favorite elegant summer suit. The fit is super-slim and the jacket is beautifully taken in at the waist. It's officially a size 52L, but a tight 50L would be more realistic (and that's my size). It fit me unaltered like a glove. I look like ten pounds less when I wear the jacket. The original price tag was still in one of the inner pockets: $ 1,795.00. It's the only Valentino I have, and I love it.
     
  9. sportin_life

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    I think Valentino suits are okay, but nothing to write home about. I don't know the different lines of their suits, but apparently there is a broad range and a lot of other "Valentino" labels that are not actually Valentino.

    I bought my only Valentino suit on the recommendation of a Barney's associate about 3 years ago at their Santa Monica warehouse sale for $600 (down from retail $1400) and the fit is average --- not too slim, not too boxy. Makes a good interview suit and has held up well, but if I could do it over I would probably not buy the suit again mainly because I'm not overly impressed with the construction, details (or lack of), or the cut.
     
  10. SteG

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    the current Valentino labels for men seem to be: Valentino - main runway collection Valentino Roma - diffusion line (recently discontinued) Valentino R.E.D. - secondary line for a younger audience (recently discontinued) Everything else that existed has been discontinued (Oliver by Valentino etc.). Mario Valentino is a handbag manufacturer (entry level prices), Marco Valentino seems to be a small leather manufacturer and Gino Valentino (amazon.com) is probably better not even mentioned....
     
  11. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^I also believe that, as of right now, Valentino Roma and Valentino RED have been discontinued for the men (but are still available for women.)

    In the past year or two, after Valentino himself retired, they've been reshuffling the menswear around. SO, maybe they'll bring back the other lines, but now, I think it's just the mainline available.
     
  12. SteG

    SteG Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely right. The only existing menswear line is the Valentino runway collection. R.E.D. and Roma have been discontinued.
     
  13. Ich_Dien

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    For graduation, a one-button suit probably is fine. For work, formal events, and especially interviews, probably not.

    All those loyal Huntsman followers ought to bin all of their suits then. What nonsense!
     
  14. XFactor

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    All those loyal Huntsman followers ought to bin all of their suits then. What nonsense!


    What do you mean? One button will work or not work for formal wear?
     
  15. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Hrrm, that's a fair question. If "formal" means black-tie optional, then a one-button suit (not a tux) isn't advisable. Same for a typical funeral. If "formal" means wedding, awards ceremony, or the opera, it depends.
     
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  16. Hockey3081

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    Ordered 2 Valentino suits from yoox to see the quality. What is Valentino Spa? That's what the label says.
     

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