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Comparing quality - the present vs. 25 years ago

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cataan, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. cataan

    cataan Well-Known Member

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    Nov 25, 2012
    I happened to find the first suit I ever owned: a 1987 Nordstrom charcoal gray pinstripe suit. Other than two very small holes near the collar (moths?) and a few inches of the liner near the arm hole needing to be sewn it is in perfect condition. And it fits perfectly! [​IMG]

    I don't know the thread count of the wool but I can say this: it is thick. Whether we're talking cotton, wool, poly, or anything else, clothes made over the last 10 years or so are thin, essentially a way of giving consumers less for a given price. My Nordstrom suit is really substantial -- you can both see and feel the weight of this suit. I was stunned when comparing it to other suits I have.

    And, to quote the label inside the jacket: "Made in USA with imported wool". [​IMG]

  2. msulinski

    msulinski Distinguished Member

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    Apr 3, 2012
    I've seen (and own) a variety of fabric thicknesses. Thicker isn't always better. That suit is probably way too warm to wear in the summer, and probably a few days in the fall and spring as well.

  3. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Distinguished Member

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    Sep 26, 2011
    Thinness of modern clothing is actually intentional not just from a cost perspective. Often lighter fabrics are more comfortable and come from a stronger and more refined wool.

    I do wonder about value though. With things such as fusing you would think that it has made suits cheaper then ever before. While it does not lead to longevity it does make construction much cheaper. How did they keep costs down before these inventions on lower end suits? I imagine somewhere they must have taken more drastic short cuts in things such as fabric quality.

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