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Belvest

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bryce330, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. bryce330

    bryce330 Senior member

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    I'm thinking of buying a Belvest suit but I've never actually seen one in person.

    I know the quality is top-notch, but how would their cut and styling be described?  From the pics I've seen, it looks like the jackets are kind of a hybrid between Neapolitan and Northern Italian styles (similar to Castangia) - fairly slim, light shoulder padding ,etc.?

    What about the fit of the pants - are they roomy, slim, etc.??

    Thanks.
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I've found the pants to be fairly close fitting, not as much so as Borrelli, but a bit more so than Brioni and MUCH more so than US manufacturers.

    As for the cut, it's a bit unique, I don't have any pictures handy, but a couple belvest suits/jackets I own are among my most favorite pieces of clothing. In fact, I'm wearing one today.
     
  3. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    For some reason, I think you're located in DC/northern VA/MD.

    Haven't been there in some time, but Niccolo in Georgetown Park carried Belvest.  Don't know if they still do. If they still do and you're in DC, you can see for yourself.
     
  4. uriahheep

    uriahheep Senior member

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    My 2-button Belvest suit jacket has the higest gorge I've seen on any RTW suit, fairly narrow lapels, side vents, self cloth on the undercollar, no lining, no shoulder pads... The pants are plain front, and I just hemmed the bottoms, no cuffs. It wasn't fused, it was machine-padded. Other than the hemming of the pant leg bottoms and the sleeve buttons/buttonholes, I see no other hand stitches. Nonetheless it is one of my very favorite wardrobe items.
     
  5. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I will try to post pics of the Belvest jacket I found a few weeks ago in this thread and the bragging thread. Maybe with me in it, actually, so you can see the shoulder.
     
  6. linux_pro

    linux_pro Senior member

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    I would like that too, as I found a Belvest on ebay for about $500 and am considering picking one up.
     
  7. Duveen

    Duveen Senior member

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    Niccolo in Georgetown Park does, indeed, carry Belvest. In addition, there's another store owned by the same people (I think called Lorenzo) that is at the confluence of M Street and Penn Ave next to the Four Seasons.

    Why do you care?

    The entire second floor is FILLED with D'Avenza suits. Mamma mia.

    EDIT: Just remember that I think that Bryce is in NYC. But the DC folks might still be tempted to stop in Lorenzo.
     
  8. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Does Niccolo or Lorenzo ever have sales?  If so, how big is the discount?
     
  9. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    j Senior member Admin

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    ...if they hadn't misbuttoned the top and bottom buttons... but you can see the shoulder.
     
  11. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    Apologies for the thread jack, but how big is Lorenzo? I pass by it so much and it doesn't seem that large, but I've heard they carry D'avenza and I've been wanting to pop in.
     
  12. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Right, there is that little detail.
     
  13. PITAronin

    PITAronin Senior member

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    Just to chime in with all of those supporting Belvest, I purchased a 42S Belvest suit from DiscoStu (for approx $500) and have found it to be one of my favorites. Required minimal tailoring (pants hemmed/sleeves shortedned) and my tailor raved to me about the quality of the fabric and cut.
     
  14. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    I have a MTM Belvest navy blazer from Ari Boston. It's nice, but the shoulder padding is a bit excessive for my tastes. Construction is excellent overall. I wear it all the time.
     
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    I have one of the Belvests from Louis Boston in size 44L - from ebay through johnnynorman3, who I definitely recommend.  The suit has a high gorge, high 2 button stance.  double vents.  rather tight on the body compared to most 44L's (of course, it is actually a 54L, which I feel better corresponds to a 43L).  Fits me great, and I would like to get one in navy blue in that cut in the future.

    My understanding is that the Belvest did adjust their cuts for Louis Boston, although I've never had that confirmed.

    Edit - As to the actual questions - the cut is slim, the shoulder padding is minimal, and the pants were flat fronted without being too slim. it all works incredibly well.
     
  16. j

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    Pics of that Belvest jacket: You can see the shoulder, and how the chest and waist are too big for me in my defeated end-of-the-day pose: [​IMG] Shoulder is pretty damn wide. This is a 42, which ordinarily is about right for the shoulders to fit. [​IMG]
     
  17. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I have a similar suit to that one, love it.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Belvest, but you do have to watch out for the some models that were made for department stores, as they are of a boxier cut with much more padding.

    koji
     
  19. Duveen

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    Lorenzo is not a large store - but there are two levels. The lower-level storefront is what you see from the street. The upper level is a bit larger. It is not a store where one can unobtrusively browse - you'll get help from the owner, who is usually there and is quite nice. He's been OK with me trying stuff on in the past.

    As for sales at Niccollo and Lorenzo, they do have them. They usually consist of a fairly small rack of clothes and seldom include the D'Avenza. bought a pair of Verri trousers on sale there last year that I like very much - a unique fabric and a flattering cut.
     
  20. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I forgot to mention that this was made for Barcelino. I recognize the name as that of a store in the Bellevue Square mall, but I think there may be others. It's not a department store, just menswear as far as I've seen. I'll have to go in there sometime and check it out.
     

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