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Hickey vs Canali suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by noVA99, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. noVA99

    noVA99 Senior member

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    I hit up some outlet stores today. I wanted to get some opinions:

    Hickey Freeman, solid black color, Loro Piana wool, 40L, 34W (exactly my size, fits perfect), $599

    second suit I saw was:

    Canali, tan,beige, 42L,35 W, possible 36W, I think Super 120's wool, $699. This suit fits nicely on the jacket, I would have to get it tapered in a bit (I'm a 40L/41L with an athletic/toned build). The pants fit ok, possible 3/4" taken in, the thighs were a bit bigger than my usual suit pants, the legs were fine. So an extra $100 to $120 to alter this suit to fit me.


    I just bought a 40L Canali and it fits me perfect without any alteration (aside from the pant length), however a Canali for $700 is hard to pass up. But the Hickey is nice as well and they seem to be more plentiful at the outlet stores.
     


  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I don't think Canali for $700 is that good of a deal, especially if you need to put money into it for alterations. Hickey Freeman is not hard to find around $450, even the outlet store which has sales I believe.

    But what are you doing buying a black suit. [​IMG]
     


  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, Canali at $700 is no great bargain. Bluefly has several Canalis right now for $699. If it were a solid in navy or gray, that would command more, but colors and patterns are pretty easy to find on discount. I wouldn't think 40L would be too hard to find on markdown.

    The HF is no deal either. Plus, it's black. Even if I were a fan of the black suit, I wouldn't want a HF. The general HF style doesn't seem to match up with the black suit vibe.
     


  4. Lawman

    Lawman Senior member

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    I agree with the posts. I buy lots of Hickey, and that is no great deal. I recently picked up a solid medium grey on Ebay for $400. Same goes for the Canali.
     


  5. noVA99

    noVA99 Senior member

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    Yeah, Canali at $700 is no great bargain. Bluefly has several Canalis right now for $699. If it were a solid in navy or gray, that would command more, but colors and patterns are pretty easy to find on discount. I wouldn't think 40L would be too hard to find on markdown.

    The HF is no deal either. Plus, it's black. Even if I were a fan of the black suit, I wouldn't want a HF. The general HF style doesn't seem to match up with the black suit vibe.


    Bluefly: Right now the Canalis are $1200 with only one style in the $699 range, hence why I assumed $700 was a good deal.

    Some of the other posters mentioned buying Canali and HF on ebay for less. I don't know, I wouldn't trust ebay. Is there a particular seller that sells legit brands like Canali and Zegna, new with tags, for cheap??
     


  6. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bluefly: Right now the Canalis are $1200 with only one style in the $699 range, hence why I assumed $700 was a good deal.

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

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    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    Maybe not your size, but they've got a good selection. Not hard to find at that price.
     


  7. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    A Hickey 40L fits perfect
    A Canali 40L fits nicely
    A Canali 42L fits perfect

    How do 2 sizes fit perfect?
    Which Canali size is "really" closest to Hickey?
     


  8. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Those Canali suits appear to be older ones, model 4XXXXX that have heavier paddings. New Canali suits, model 8XXXXX, actually have a nice cut with soft padding. I would not buy Canali model 4 series suits for $700, but I would buy 8 series suits for $700.

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

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    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    http://www.bluefly.com/pages/product...atchallpartial

    Maybe not your size, but they've got a good selection. Not hard to find at that price.
     


  9. wedgehead98

    wedgehead98 Well-Known Member

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    Milano - where do you see the model number in the bluefly listing? I only see a style number, e.g., 2052439?
     


  10. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I was referring to the model number which can be found on the tag inside suit jacket pocket.

    Milano - where do you see the model number in the bluefly listing? I only see a style number, e.g., 2052439?
     


  11. noVA99

    noVA99 Senior member

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    A Hickey 40L fits perfect
    A Canali 40L fits nicely
    A Canali 42L fits perfect

    How do 2 sizes fit perfect?
    Which Canali size is "really" closest to Hickey?


    You read my post wrong: The Hickey 40L fits me perfectly, the Canali 40L fits me perfectly. The 42L Canali fits nicely, meaning only the chest is a bit large and sleeve length a bit long as well, and the suit will need a bit of alterations to fit me 'perfectly'. The shoulders are fine.
     


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