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Linen suits on EBay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rdawson808, May 23, 2005.

  1. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    I have never heard of this brand before and was wondering if anyone would comment on these two suits. Given my trouble in finding something in my size in linen (and at this price) I may be willing to throw down the money on a bet, as it were. But frankly, I know nothing of the brand or the way in which he has measured the chest. Is that standard to measure "underarm seams times two" as he states? I wear a 48 or almost a 50 (a 49 would be ideal). Thanks for any comments. The links: The first: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....EF:US:1 The second: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....EF:US:1 do those links work properly? cheers, bob
     
  2. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

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    I've never heard of "Firado" suits before -- they strike me as one of those fake Italian-named companies. Telling that every Google link about Firado takes you to an eBay auction listing.

    Aside from that, the lapels look a little dated and I hate people who measure one side of a chest and then double the number. I'd avoid either...for the money you could do better.
     
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    dah328 Senior member

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    I've never heard of a "super" number applied to linen nor does it sound plausible that one could find linen fibers fine enough for a Super 130 weave. I'm guessing that it's a blend. If that's true, make what you will of the seller's knowledge of men's suitings.

    dan
     
  4. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Thanks guys. I was feeling about the same way. I'll give it a skip and keep looking.

    bob
     
  5. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    Actually it is not "Super 130's" (micronage) as in wool but a "Super fine 130's" where I believe they are not referring to micronage but the same numbers used in shirtings where a 2x1 130's would be believable in this case. The finest linen I've seen is a swatch of D&J Andersen's 'Zephyr' 2x2 170's for shirts. a 130's would be a very finely woven linen.

    As to the brand - there are any number of factories in Italy which turn out one brand one day, another brand the next day and perhaps a brand for an ebay seller the third day.

    Now I would take issue with appraising it at $1200+ but would guess it is pretty standard fused construction typical of a $300 suit. For a $189 buy it now price I'd rate it as probably a fair deal. The seller has close to 6000 total positive feedbacks, 1 negative and 5 mutually withdrawn which meanse they are entirely trustworthy. Think about it - out of 6000 transactions, assuming that one person in 300 is a totally unreasonable butthead that feedback score is pretty hard to argue with.

    So... my evaluation would be that for $189 you'd have trouble finding a brand new linen suit for much less. If I was lookin I might suggest checking out if there are some Ralph Lauren (POLO label, blue label, purple label or the new black label) suits that you like - Ralph uses nice linens typically.

    Using SUPER and a large number these days is the most annoying marketing scam. I saw a "Super 150's" trouser the other day in a store - Poly/viscose blend. At that point I decided that the 'Super Arms Race' will be over soon - it has officially crossed over to the dark side.
     
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    mack11211 Senior member

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    Even worse than the "Super Arms Race" is the numbers game as played by idiots.

    Last autumn a salesboy in Sean John's 5th Ave flagship told me that a suit was made of 130% wool. When I pointed out the challenge of weaving such a fabric, he said that his manager had told him to stress the number.
     
  7. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    Mack - did you remove all sharp and or flammable objects from the general vicinity of said associate or did you place such items within easy reach to help Darwinism along?
     
  8. Charley

    Charley Senior member

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    Super 130% Wool?
    Would they provide a 150% Guarantee, in writing?
    It is a real reflection on the education system.

    You know that you are the not the first customer to which he has spouted that line. It must work as he continues to use it.
     

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