arnold brandt

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  1. arvi

    arvi Senior member

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    any comments on arnold brandt..i've bought a few suits and sports jackets at SF over the last year..i usually buy made in italy and this line is made in canada(albeit some beautiful italian fabrics)..i find the fit and styling very italian;nice 3 button jackets with high side vents and pleated, wider bottom pants..should i feel unfaithful to my country of choice? [​IMG]
     
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    If you like it, who cares where it's made- that's my take. My limited experience with AB was that it was pretty good- not worth retail at all but if you can find a deal and the brand fits you well, you could do a LOT worse.
     
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    Fused. Thick. Average-looking = looks good with A-E Park Avenues.
     
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    Two notes: Saks outlet stores typically have tons of Arnold Brandt at half off. I've seen complete size runs of basic suits and coats. Also, Brandt is coming out with a premium line of tailored clothing that will be made in Italy. You may be able to have your cake.
     
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    arvi Senior member

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    forgot to mention that i've only bought at sale(40-50% off) [​IMG] looking forward to new line..thanks for the heads-up
     
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    I've recently acquired an Arnold Brandt SB navy blazer. I found the fit to be very good, with no alterations required at all. If fit well through the shoulders AND the waist for me (which I usually have problems with, since I have fairly broad shoulders)

    I can't really comment on quality as I am not an expert on clothing/materials/construction etc.

    I did pay full retail, but it was a lot cheaper than what else they had (which also didn't fit as well - Hugo, Canali etc.)
     
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    Etruscan Senior member

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    I have a cotton-poplin Brandt suit, obviously for summer, that's light grey with a slight iridiscent dusty gold sheen to it. I picked it up very cheaply (<$100) at Filene's Basement, such that having the waist taken in seemed like a justifiable expense. I find the suit good for business wear on those occasional dog days. I think I paid an appropriate sum given its intrinsic and utilitarian value, but full retail, whatever it may have come to, would have been too much.

    Generally speaking I've noted that Brandt fabrics are often very good (commonly Italian-made) but that the cut is too generous and the detailing rather ho-hum--rather like Southwick or Hart Schaffner & Marx.

    I hope this is helpful.
     
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    retronotmetro Senior member

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    I recently saw an Arnold Brant (no "d") suit at Marshalls, and was thoroughly unimpressed with the construction. This one was fused (I think they do both fused and half-canvas) and really didn't seem any better than the department-store grade CK and DKNY suits it shared a rack with (and which cost significantly less). Given the mostly positive comments I've seen on this brand here, I suspect that Brant makes for more than one quality point, and the points are pretty far apart.
     
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    I dislike them not only for the fusing and uninspiring cuts/styling, but because, at least in retail stores, they advertise themselves exclusively on the basis of having Loro Piana fabric, placing their label only inside the suit coat as if to shamefully hide the distance in reputation between the maker and the fabric source. It's the retail version of the Tessuto Ermenegildo Zegna trick.
     

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