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"high end" brand quality opinions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by in stitches, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    i was wondering what is the general opinion here on the quality and value for your money of canali zegna isaia and brioni (mainline and up only)
    also is there any was to get a discount on these brands mtm suits besides trunk shows
     


  2. dragon8

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    I love Canali and believe that they are the best bang for the buck. You can get them on sale here in the B & S and on Ebay.

    Zegna is a very nice suit but at times difficult to get at discount.
     


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    Isaia gives the best bang for the buck at retail hands down.
     


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    Isaia and Canai are the best values, though I personally like Brioni the best of these makers. While I think Brioni is better made, it's certainly better made to the point of costing more than 2x what Canali does. Zegna Couture is really good too, but is a very differently styled garment.

    You should try them all on and see which one fits you better and feels most comfortable, not just buy based off-of which one is perceived to be a better make or better value. However, if you're going to be paying MTM prices for Brioni or something similar, you could get a suit on Savile Row for less.
     


  5. in stitches

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    Isaia and Canai are the best values, though I personally like Brioni the best of these makers. While I think Brioni is better made, it's certainly better made to the point of costing more than 2x what Canali does. Zegna Couture is really good too, but is a very differently styled garment.

    You should try them all on and see which one fits you better and feels most comfortable, not just buy based off-of which one is perceived to be a better make or better value. However, if you're going to be paying MTM prices for Brioni or something similar, you could get a suit on Savile Row for less.


    savile row would be nice but considering i live in maryland sadly it isnt really feasable
     


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    ^Last time I checked there was an international airport called BWI, located in Maryland, that flies to London.

    Nonstop too.
     


  7. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    ^Last time I checked there was an international airport called BWI, located in Maryland, that flies to London.

    Nonstop too.


    sadly i dont have the funds for a suit and a flight to london and to miss 4+ days of work, however if youre offering to sponsor im in baby
     


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    I would definitely take him up on the offer.

    -LR
     


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    Isaia gives the best bang for the buck at retail hands down.
    I agree, it's a good value for the quality of construction and fabrics.
     


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    sadly i dont have the funds for a suit and a flight to london and to miss 4+ days of work, however if youre offering to sponsor im in baby

    There are plenty of Savile Row tailors who visit the states...maybe not Maryland but I'm sure you could travel somewhere for a weekend to meet with one of them.
     


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    +1 for Isaia. It's got great fabrics and details, but is obscure enough that it's not fetching the same premiums as Brioni (which is better but not that much better).

    Canali seems too plain for me though.
     


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    I don't understand why everyone is so enamored with these Italian luxury brands. They're all over priced IMHO, a situation exacerbated by the dollar/euro exchange rate.
     


  13. in stitches

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    any thoughts on zegna and zegna couture
     


  14. Fred H.

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    There are plenty of Savile Row tailors who visit the states...maybe not Maryland but I'm sure you could travel somewhere for a weekend to meet with one of them.
    DC is a frequent stop for many. BUT in any case, what about the Hickey MTM program offered by Nordstrom, etc.? Another good alternative.
     


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    DC is a frequent stop for many. BUT in any case, what about the Hickey MTM program offered by Nordstrom, etc.? Another good alternative.

    unfortunately im not thrilled with the work ive had done at nordstrom to date
     


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