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Is it fully canvased or not? designer suits


Mar 7, 2011
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I'm kinda fond of Dolce and Gabbana suit, especially Gold line. I recently read Forbes article 'anatomy of well-cut suit'. Then, the question came up what about mainline designer brand suits?

I was thinking about buying these suits anytime soon. Now, I am wondering whether these are worth investments.



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Jan 7, 2010
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I've owned one mainline Dolce & Gabbana suit and the jacket was not canvassed. In fact, Toronto tailor Lou Myles made fun of the construction when I wore it to his shop.

But that may not be the case universally or any more -- lots of labels seem to switch their suitmakers now and again -- and I'm not sure if it would apply to the Gold line (though as far as I know that's mostly hype and marketing, like Diesel Black Gold).


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Dec 3, 2010
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New acronym for you: GIAM (Give it a miss).

I do not follow Dolce, so have no idea what their Gold line means. Sounds like yet another way of sucking money from the public.

D&G suits => Hugo Boss level of constuction, maybe even worse than them. I unfortunately have a D&G suit at home, purchased just 6 months ago. One of those idiotic buys I made - I was at an outlet center, drove around 300miles to get there, found nothing, had to buy something anyway...

Dolce and Gabbanna Mainline (white label) => Got a suit from 5 years ago by them. Suit is half canvassed. Level of construction not inconsistent with a low - mid range decent suit, hellishly overpriced though at 1.5K upwards.

Dolce and Gabbanna Mainline (black label) => Their luxury range. Fully canvassed, but again, paying a premium for brand. You are better off going for a Bespoke or just choose from numerous designers such as ISAIA, Belvest, Brioni etc for about the same price. You wont regret it.

Give Dolce a miss, if you can get the suit for a steal, i.e. conservatively under $500, then go for it. Otherwise save yourself the heartache later. Personally based on experience in the past, I would not bother parting my hard earned money on a Dolce suit, not unless it was a giveaway under $350. Even then I could think of better ways of spending 350.

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