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Armani (and others) suit quality

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alebrady, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. alebrady

    alebrady Senior member

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    I am contemplating purchasing an armani suit (le collezion - i know i probably spelled it incorrectly[​IMG]) i dont have much experience with suits other than a couple of $500 nordstroms suits i bought when first out of college and am curious to know about the quality of this particular line. i understand (at least think i do) that this is not the higher end armani line, however, would it still be considered a solid, high quality suit (as i said, i am not used to spending this kind of money on a suit and am a little lost with all the brands out there)? i was also looking at zegna, cornelliani, and canali suits but preferred the shoulder and chest fit of the armani on me. i dont know if it is 'correct' to prefer the armani shape on my particular frame (i am slender - about 5'9" and 155 lbs) but it was that shape and fit more than any particular brand that is guiding my preference. if anyone could give me some insight or feedback i would truly appreciate it.
     
  2. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i don't know much about the brand, but i think the other guys will advise you that if it fits well, go for it, just don't pay full retail.

    armani's top of the line is "classico", which has a canvas front. "collezione" is fused, but it if it looks the way you want it to, and fits the way you want it to, get it.
     
  3. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    Armani Le collezione suits catch a lot of grief on here for quality issues, but I can tell you I own one and love it.  It is fused, yeah, but I bought it because I wanted a fashionable beige summery suit with double vents and flat front trousers and found one on Ebay for about $499.

    It's not a Brioni, but for what it is it's great.
     
  4. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Armani collezioni is their lower end fused brand, and of fairly low quality. I wouldn't recommend it especially as there are extremely good deals on that brand and others on ebay and online retailers, as well as Armani's own outlet stores.
     
  5. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    If it indeed fits better, than by all means go with the Armani Collezioni, but I do suggest you give Canali or Corneliani a longer look.

    If you do settle for the Armani, wait for sale time if you can.
     
  6. tsloop

    tsloop Senior member

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    I bought an Armani Collezioni suit on ebay for about $500 and while it may not be the best quality I love it. Im 5'9'' 150 and it fits me better than any of the other suits I have tried on. A lot of people talk bad about collezioni because of the quality but I dont really care about that because I really like how it looks on me. So my opinion is that if you are going to get it on ebay or somewhere else for a good price and you like it go for it, just beware that it is definitely not the best suit you can get for the money.
     
  7. alebrady

    alebrady Senior member

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    thanks for the replies so far guys, in terms of references to 'low quality' or 'not the best quality' are we talking quality so low as to not be durable and last several years, while still looking good?
     
  8. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I own many Armani collezione pieces, including 1 made to measure S150 suit.

    First of all, Armani clothing is not for every day wear. Armani usually uses delicate fabric. I only wear my Armani suit on special occasions.

    I'll have to admit. if you are buying quality suit, do not buy Armani. Stick with Canali or other maker who uses canvas construction.

    However, I would recommend Armani suit if you love the look of Armani. Armani has really nice round drape. I really would not trust Armani collezioni suits being sold on Ebay, too many fakes. Plus not all Armani Collezioni uses high quality fabric as well. I would definetly feel the fabric before I purchase any Armani suits.

    I like my Armani suit, it's really a hip suit, but not trash looking like D&G or Prada look. But when it comes to construction, you really cannot compare it to Canali, Zegna, or Brioni.
     
  9. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    the suit is fused albeit lightly, so the heat from ironing/pressing could concievably cause bubbling in the lapels/chest area although they aren't like hugo boss suits. I imagine if you didn't wear it too often it would last several years, if you didn't have it dry cleaned/pressed alot. I have some Armani Black label suits which are pretty nice.
     
  10. alebrady

    alebrady Senior member

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    sorry for my ignorance, but what is 'bubbling'?
     
  11. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I would do a search on fused vs canvassed but generally a fused suit uses glue in the lapels and front to hold the material together where a canvassed suit is sewn to a canvas interlining, the heat from pressing/ironing can cause bubbling as the glue loses it's adhesive qualities.
     
  12. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I rather like the styling of Armani, but agree with this completely. The Armani stores have reliable 40% off sales at the end of every season, and at least one "family and friends" day (60% off). There outlets, especially the one in Cabazon (near Palm Springs) also carry a good selection of previous season merchandise, as does Yoox (albeit only the cheaper and more directional Emporio line.)
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    One other thing about the Cabazon outlet. Yes it is very cheap, and you can use a coupon from the VIP outlets coupon book there to get an additional 10-20% off, but you should know your own sizes very well, because the sales people there are ridiculous, they were trying to sell a thin Asian guy a 48L and told them "oh, everyone needs tailoring, almost noone can wear RTW" when he was probably closer to a 40L, but they didn't have that model in stock.
     
  14. Urban Warrior

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    Long before discovering this forum and learning about what makes a quality suit etc...I purchased and still own 15 Armani suits. I love the fit. Some are 4-5 years old, worn once a month or so, now dry cleaned maybe only once a year ( I brush and steam after every wearing) but at the start dry cleaned just about every other month... They all are in excellent shape with no signd of bubbiling etc.... I must add though, that I never ever paid full price and always waited for a big sale. I think the most I ever paid was $750 for a super 120 suit and know I paid $320 for a plain black 2 button during Last Call at NM... I'll echo the other posts and say if it fits right and the price is good go for it...
     
  15. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    I agree. The quality of Armani is not the BEST, but you really have to be a real stickler for details (a.k.a. your name is Andrew) to shrug it off on the basis of quality. If you pay $600 for an Armani Collezioni, I think you're getting a good deal. I don't care about quality if I think it looks good on me - I know that material quality and aesthetic quality are related, but if you want the Armani fit, you aren't going to find it in Canali or Corneliani.
     
  16. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Also Armani Collezioni suits are fused, I would not worry about bubbling.

    For fused suit to bubble, I would like to imagin the suit needs to go through many dry cleans. Lets say an Armani suit will bubble after 10 dry clean, and you dry clean once in a year. This will give you at least 10 yrs in suit.

    I am willing to bet you will get rid of your suit not because the suit bubbled but because suit's style and fit does not suit you.
     
  17. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    The store in my town pushes Armani collezioni as if it were god's gift to the earth, charging $1695 for a wool suit, $2495 for a MTM cashmere sportcoat. I like the Armani suit I have because of its fit, as many posters have noted. But one is enough.

    After a year or so of thrashing about in ignorance, I educated myself about suits, far from the reaches of salespeople, then returned to that store with new eyes and a new set of priorities. I left the store with nothing. I started shopping elsewhere.
     
  18. arvi

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    i have always liked giorgio armani clothing..i discovered italian design through him.i think he has great taste and often gorgious styling. however,he may be more popular here in america than in italy where i have travelled extensively..
    i now find that his ties, though beautiful, don't knot well..my suits and sport jackets i have learned are not of the quality warranted by their price..
    nevertheless if his designs appeal to you aesthetically and you shop astutely, go for it..i would call any man dressed in armani well-dressed..
     
  19. Brandon Boothby

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    WELL UMM I always thought that armani was a good suit also thats all i heard that the famous people where wearing, was giorgio armani, on the other hand thoe umm i wouldnt buy one i am a fan of double breasted suits and the best ones i have ever seen are made by people such as gieves and hawkes, or canali or oxxford or brioni, now brioni and oxxford suits are not for the average joe because they use the finest materials money can buy, and they are full canvas construction because they are bespoke and the same goes for gieves and hawkes, example brioni starts at 5,000 and can go up to 15,000 depending on the fabric seletion and the style, if your like a ceo or a top cfo i would suggest a brioni made out of dupioni silk in double breasted, to have one made thoe their about 6,000 dollars thoe but it will last for years to come, in like a nice solid navy color, but i would not purchase the armani thoe umm but if you cant afford a brioni i would suggest a canali or zegna there about a category 5 suit and get something in like a shiny 150s or 160s wool if you can sir if youd like to you could like cordonate an armani tie in a solid color with a brioni suit, and maybe a zanella shirt thats very italian, and a pair of magli loafers.
     
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  20. tben

    tben Senior member

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    Dude, this thread is like 8 years old...
     

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