Does Loro Piana makes suits?  or just fabric?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HeyYouItsMike, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. HeyYouItsMike

    HeyYouItsMike Well-Known Member

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  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    They make custom suits only. Not clear if the work is done in house, though. They cost a pretty penny -- $4000 or so, I think. Not well thought of on this board, because the house style is pretty much what you are forced to go with.
     


  3. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Senior member

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    As a quick side bar, when I was picking out fabric for my suit w Raphael, he made a point to steer me away from Loro Piana. He said that he would use it if I wanted it, but the fabric is not up to the standard of say Lesser. In particular, he said that LP fabric has only one cross thread vs two, and therefore doesnt hold up as well to lateral stresses that you find at the knee and seat.
     


  4. Mike C.

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    Loro Piana also has a booming sportswear business right now. They are the Kiton of sportswear.
     


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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    The custom are really really nice.
     


  6. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not every knowledgeable person is so negative. I posed more or less that question to a SR tailor who was quick to show a few books that he liked.

    "Of course, sir, some of it is just rubbish. But these are rather nice."

    Just the same, I'll bet that there would have been no qualification on his opinion of Lesser.
     


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    LP is always changing their bespoke contract. At one time it was Isaia (so was the shirt), and another time something different entirely. At LP, you are basically using a LP fabric for a MTM/bespoke suit from highend handmade factories (like Isaia, etc.).
     


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    damonallan Well-Known Member

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    I recently added a custom made (step up from made to measure, step down from Bespoke) to my line.

    I am dealing with a Canadian distributor of Loro Piana fabrics.

    The fabric is very nice. I make the suits for less than $2000.

    Damon
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    What exactly do you define each of these three terms as? And who are you?
     


  10. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    I'm curious too as to the difference between custom and bespoke.
     


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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Originally Posted by damonallan,May 01 2005,22:04
    I recently added a custom made (step up from made to measure, step down from Bespoke) to my line. I am dealing with a Canadian distributor of Loro Piana fabrics. The fabric is very nice. Â I make the suits for less than $2000. Damon
    I'm curious too as to the difference between custom and bespoke.
    No difference, except that in marketing "custom" is sometimes diluted to mean "sort of different from OTR but not exactly as you want it." Â As long as everyone is upfront about what is being sold, no real problem. Â But it does create unnecessary confusion. And it coarsens the language by obscuring meaning, making the life of an informed citizen even more difficult than it already is.
     


  12. caledoniasoul2

    caledoniasoul2 Well-Known Member

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    Damon Allan:

    It would be helpful to let the board know who you are regarding , location, expereince, type of product you make, etc.

    the custom claim term is as posted no problem so long as the customer knows what level of sercive and product is being provided on the range of otr to bespoke.
     


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    Realise it’s an old thread, but I thought id comment…

    I recently bought a superfine 130 merino wool loro piana suit. Have had lots of compliments from people… of course amazingly It crosses that thin line where it is a loro piana cloth suit…as opposed to a branded suit. I got it from a Swedish firm indumenti.se , and frankly was very impressed.
     


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    Loro Piana is not only manufacturing and selling suits, they also supply independent manufacturers with their fabric swatchbooks (as does Zegna, by the way). Last spring I bot a Loro Piana Travellight summer suit at STOCK 11 - DAS MASSATELIER in Zurich. This was a super 130s Neapolitan-style suit, half-lined. VERY STYLISH and ultra light, like a second skin! :)
     


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    I recently visited their shop in Highland Park Village (Dallas), I picked up one of their sport coats, its a super light linen, Extremely well tailored, very light, unstructured except silk lining in the arms and around the shoulders. It has a natural feel and looks stunning. I also had them switch out the buttons which they did quickly. So you do not need to go custom, I got lucky with the RTW
     


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