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Banana Republic Pushing Three-Piece Suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. embowafa

    embowafa Senior member

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    If I recall, this is right before Roger's first heart attack. He probably should have kept the suit on.

    Like the hooker said in Sunday's episode "Don't believe everything you hear.....no one dies doing this"
     
  2. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    Only problem I have with this pic is the tie is sticking out the bottom.

    Is there a technical name for the phenomenon of that little bit of tie peeking out under the vest?
     
  3. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    Is there a technical name for the phenomenon of that little bit of tie peeking out under the vest?

    It reminds me of the joke about the drunk piano player.
     
  4. grimslade

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    Is there a technical name for the phenomenon of that little bit of tie peeking out under the vest?

    Error.
     
  5. Matt B

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    I tried on the suit (3 piece glen plaid). Not too bad of a fit to be honest, but the price is quite high for a fused garment. The tag indicates they are made in Turkey. The inside jacket pockets are both made to house checkbook wallet/airline tickets, which is a very nice touch. I didn't try on the pants, but they are flat front. And as someone mentioned, indeed they are stiff as a board, no thanks to fusing. I love the look of the vest with lapels though (not the db vest).

    The BR store in Vancouver is now carrying some of the monogram line, of which this glen plaid suit is a part, if I remember correctly. I only tried on the jacket and thought it fit quite nicely, with a decent roll to the lapel. The fit was slim, at least for me. I did not try on the vest or pants.

    But what amazed me was the price - about $900 CAD all three pieces. They must be joking! At half price, I would consider it, pending trying on the other items.

    M
     
  6. Syl

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    Wow. $900 for a 3-piece BR suit? For the same price you can get a decent MTM 2-piece, and I'm rather certain it will fit better. Heck, for a few dollars more, you can get a 3-piece MTM.
    I'm a bit puzzled at their price point selection.
     
  7. Big A

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    I like BR suits - I have a couple. They are fused, but the fusing seems to hold up fine - I've had one for about 4 years now, still good as new. In fact, I am wearing the suit today. The fabric is a direct pattern clone of a Chester Barrie suit I have which is now too big for me - it's not as nice but the pattern is identical.

    Their suits have a slimmer cut, and I like the cut of their flat-front pants. I wouldn't argue that they are the most fabulous suits in the world or anything, but they are a bargain if you get them on sale.

    This brings me to my second point. Why anyone would buy a suit at BR for full price is beyond me. EVERYTHING in the store goes on sale like clockwork about 2 months after it is introduced. The real price point for this 3 piece suit (if you are willing to wait) is probably $500.00.
     
  8. unpainted huffheinz

    unpainted huffheinz Senior member

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    BR suits are the classic example of bad fusing. The difference between what Corneliani does for Ralph and the Chinese do for BR is extraordinary. There are a few Polo three pieces in the fall collection that will drop to about $600 in a few months. These are far superior to BR at any price.
     
  9. acidboy

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    I didn't notice the price until it was mentioned here. $700?! Really? I take my proverbial hat off to BR for "styling up" the regular joe, but at that price it is far smarter for one to just wait the usual sale from better brands.
     
  10. DocHolliday

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    BR suits are the classic example of bad fusing. The difference between what Corneliani does for Ralph and the Chinese do for BR is extraordinary. There are a few Polo three pieces in the fall collection that will drop to about $600 in a few months. These are far superior to BR at any price.

    While I agree there's a big difference, I wouldn't hold BR up as the poster boy for bad fusing. It's not great, but it's not stiff and hard, like some of the really low-rent stuff.
     
  11. King Francis

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    I really like three-piece suits, but I'm kind of ambivalent about the three-piece's return to the mainstream.

    I guess I'm glad, since it will allow me to wear mine with more impunity. I don't really understand the dislike of three-pieces unless it's a personal comfort issue regarding the extra layer of fabric.
     
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    I like BR suits - I have a couple. They are fused, but the fusing seems to hold up fine - I've had one for about 4 years now, still good as new. In fact, I am wearing the suit today. The fabric is a direct pattern clone of a Chester Barrie suit I have which is now too big for me - it's not as nice but the pattern is identical.

    To me it's not so much the bubbling which can occur from fusing as nowadays that seldom happens - it's the stiffness that fusing causes in the jacket. A full canvass garment is often more comfortable and moves with the wearer and drapes nicely.
     
  14. eHaberdasher

    eHaberdasher Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    note the photo at HSM's website. Its another nice three-piece, unfortunately, its not available on the website.

    http://www.hartschaffnermarx.com/mensstore/


    Now that's a good looking 3 piece suit!

    You can also throw us in for joining the 3-piece suit offering later this Fall...
     
  15. Mark from Plano

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    My last several MTM suits have been ordered with as 3-piece. Sometimes I even wear the vest with them. [​IMG]

    It's good to have the option.
     
  16. TRINI

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    I'd venture a certain Mr. Tom Ford has also had something to do with the resurgence.
     
  17. Big A

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    I kind of wonder if the naysayers here have ever worn a BR suit?

    Again, I'm not trying to argue it is anything other than a low-end suit, but the complaints about horrible stiffness in the fused chest, poor construction, etc., are just inaccurate. For the money (when on sale at least) it is a good value.

    I am kind of torn between the "disposable suit" idea and the "super-high-end suit" idea, so I have kind of done both. I have two RLPL suits I wear all the time that are around 10 years old (from back when Chester Barrie made them). They are awesome suits, but when they finally wear out I may need bereavement counseling.

    I also have a couple of Banana Republic suits I wear frequently. For trips to Central America, S. America, the "Dirty Stans," and other third world locales I prefer the cheaper suits. They look good, and if I destroy them, so what?

    Each has its place. The BR suit is a good compromise for someone looking for a more modern pattern who can't afford the really good stuff.
     
  18. DocHolliday

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    I own one BR suit and have sold many. They're perfectly OK, at a low enough pricepoint. I don't think they're any worse than H&M, which gets a good bit of love here. At least the BR ones tend to be all wool. Admittedly, the BR suits are way overpriced, but once the price drops sufficiently, BR can be a decent option for younger guys/knockaround wear.

    I will say that lately, the BR stuff has fit me extremely awkwardly. I'll try on something on the sale rack, only to find that no size fits well enough to even consider. But that's true of the offerings at J. Crew and other such shops as well.
     
  19. LabelKing

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    Must be worn with a watch-chain.
     
  20. JayJay

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    I owned two BR suits several years ago before I needed to wear suits regularly. They were cheap but fit me perfectly, especially since they were sold as separates. At the time, they were just what I needed for the occasional dress up event.
     

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