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Has RLBL fallen out of favour with SF?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Wayward, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Recoil

    Recoil Senior member

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    I think with Polo offerings like the Bradford, which is a little less severe in the shoulders and almost as trim, there are more alternatives to BL.
     
  2. Morgan

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    On Friday, I met with a B&S seller to try on the RLBL suit he was selling. It was a really nice suit, and tagged exactly the same size as another RLBL suit I've had for several years, but for some reason it just seemed to fit weirdly. The 40R jacket was too short to cover my 38R ass, and the trousers would have needed at least $60 in alterations. The suit I own has the "flesh tuxedo" fit, so I was really shocked and very apologetic to the seller - I came prepared to buy without worry but it really didn't work for me. I still like the silhouette and shoulders, even if they're not in vogue. Works for my body.
     
  3. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    First of all, I too have noticed slight changes over the years, mostly that the jackets have gotten a tad less trim around the waist area. However you don't account for any alterations the seller had done initially. For example, I have to have the waist let out a half inch on all of mine to accommodate braces and as a result often let the crotch out an inch since the trousers will come a little higher.
     
  4. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Yup indeed...which is usually the way with high-markup lux products, such as this. The nouveau riche want it and are willing to pay top dollar/top renmenbi for it.
     
  5. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I have one from 2007 that fits much differently then the current offerings. RLPL or polo custom fit is much better. RLPL has one cut that is pretty trim with an English shoulder but not a football shoulder. RLPL sportswear is also tops but superbly expensive.
     
  6. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    The RLBL shirts fit fine around the chest/shoulders, but are really big at the waist. The tapering isn't strong enough without tailoring.

    As SkinnyGoomba pointed out, I also find that PRL custom fit is much better in that it has a stronger taper. The PRL is odd though in that there seem to be several different fits without a good way to tell the difference except the retail pricepoint (higher = slimmer).
     
  7. phoenixrecon

    phoenixrecon Senior member

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    i have found smaller sizes for friends... say two size 36r suits and a size 38r. all in that price.. i do wear a 42 to 44 though
     
  8. Brianpore

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    I'll just toss this out there...if anyone finds a 36S, please proxy for me! [​IMG] Been on the hunt for my 1st RLBL for a year and can't find one in my size at a even halfway decent price.
     
  9. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    x2

    I prefer the shoulders on the PRL/Corneliani stuff, even if the fit is a little baggy in the waist.

    IMO... Caruso Sartoria Parma > RLBL Caruso
     
  10. gumercindo

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    In what way?
     
  11. jrd617

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    Way to be "that 36 guy" :D
     
  12. jrd617

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    Does anyone have experience with the new "Daniel" model? Supposed to have a softer shoulder than the RLBL Anthony
     
  13. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    I like the shoulders on my caruso SP more, plus the fit was better for me.
     
  14. othertravel

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    The Daniel is one of their SC models, correct? I haven't seen it on suits.
     
  15. Superfluous

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    I think the Daniel is a little shorter with slimmer lapels and shorter vents, etc
     
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  16. gumercindo

    gumercindo Senior member

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    softer shoulders?
     
  17. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    +1. I was in RL trying on various suits the other day and liked the PRL much better than the RLBL. The RLBL shoulders looked almost cartoonish on me (especially in contrast to the natural shoulders on the Samuelsohn jacket I was wearing when I walked in).
     
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    I've been going to other sources for too long. I've never heard of 'black label' ... of purple, yes ... and the old blue 'Polo' label (still around?). How many quality levels does the Ralph Lauren brand have?
     
  19. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    For quality, the consensus seems to be: Chaps < Blue Label < Black Label < Green Label < Purple Label
     
  20. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    Lauren/Chaps
    Ralph
    RRL
    PRL (Italy)
    RLBL
    RLPL

    The old, pre-purple label Ralph Lauren stuff is somewhere in the mix between PRL, RLBL, and RLPL.
     
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