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English RTW suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by demeis, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    I believe that Burberry and Aquascutum in the United States are proproduced under license by Hickey Freeman. At least one of them is. In any event, they're not really British RTW suits.
    I was told by a salesman in a Burberry store that HF makes Burberry label suits and sportscoats for the US market. I don't know about Aquascutum. Edit: just noticed the date on this thread. I'm only a year late to the party!
     
  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    To revive an ancient thread:

    I have an Aquascutum suit made in England, feels like full canvas.

    The 'pure new wool' has on it the number 5374 UK 84W. There is another tag with size and model info. The model is Castlewood.

    Who might have made this? Chester Barrie?
     
  3. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Italian suits don't have quite the same aesthetic... not to mention are kind of ugly IMO.
     
  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Italian suits don't have quite the same aesthetic... not to mention are kind of ugly IMO.

    Pah! Barbarian [​IMG]
     
  5. fatherseanfan

    fatherseanfan Senior member

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    For anyone who cares, I contacted H. Freeman a few weeks ago just to see if they were still making Aquascutum garments in the US. Turns out they haven't had a business relationship with Aquascutum for quite a few years. They didn't know who makes American Aquascutum stuff now either.
     
  6. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    For anyone who cares, I contacted H. Freeman a few weeks ago just to see if they were still making Aquascutum garments in the US. Turns out they haven't had a business relationship with Aquascutum for quite a few years. They didn't know who makes American Aquascutum stuff now either.

    interesting...
     
  7. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Italian suits don't have quite the same aesthetic... not to mention are kind of ugly IMO.

    what!!?? [​IMG]
     
  8. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Here are the labels on my England-made Aquascutum suit:
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Any idea who made it?
     
  9. fruitymetcalfe

    fruitymetcalfe New Member

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    In the UK Aquascutum make their own suits and other items in their own factory on the outskirts of Corby. There is a factory shop which I've visited on a few occasions and where good bargains can be had. Example: a cashmere Chesterfield overcoat was marked down from over £1000 to £499 - when he saw me hesitating the manager offered me a further discount to help the decision-making process. I took it away for £300. Suits are anything from £199 to £300 or so.

    I wouldn't have paid £1000 for the overcoat on Regent St, nor would I pay £600 or more for a RTW suit, but in the factory shop or during the sales in London or at their outlet in Bicester Village, you stand a chance of getting a decent English-made garment.

    F.
     
  10. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Interestingly, Aquascrotum has made coats in the past for Charvet.
     
  11. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Aquascrotum makes me think of the cover for Nirvana's Nevermind.

    EDIT: By the way, sorry for my attack on the Italian aesthetic. But personally I found it more rude that one would come into a thread where someone is specifically asking about English cut suits and say to get Italian instead.
     
  12. fatherseanfan

    fatherseanfan Senior member

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    I don't find it rude, but rather unclassy, that people attack Aquascutum and other brands that don't meet their standards in such a juvenile way as we have seen in this thread. Not everyone here can afford Brioni or Oxxford or bespoke. To belittle and denigrate the choices of others in such a way is not kind, productive or necessary. I own 2 Aqua jackets and they are perfectly fine.
     
  13. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    I just picked up a beautiful Hield suit in my local Off Saks for $250 after tax. The buttons were not in any of the pockets so they will have to be replaced but it was still a fantastic deal. The suit is fully canvassed and has a lot of handwork. It is also a very conservative design.
     
  14. Fishball

    Fishball Senior member

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    I think Gieves & Hawkes RTW is made in China.
    At lease that is what they sell in Hong Kong.

    IIRC, they sold the RTW business to HongKongese few yrs ago.
     

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