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Neil Barrett suit material

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Eljay, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Eljay

    Eljay Member

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    I have a specific question about the material of a suit I just bought.
    I noticed it's about half polyester and half virgin wool with a little elastane(3%).

    Considering that the suit is an expensive Neil Barrett suit, I'm a bit surprised that it's half polyester. Is that normal for suits in the price range of Neil Barrett?

    Aside from that, the suit looks great. It has a great fit and looks extremely stylish.
     
  2. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    A lot of designers of that ilk , including Dolce, make some suits with high poly counts. Probably to give the suit a plastic like sheen.

    Wouldn't be my first choice, but if you're happy with it then that's all that matters.
     
  3. Eljay

    Eljay Member

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    To be honest, I wasn't intending to buy the Neil Barrett suit. I checked out the sales section of a shop that has designers like Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, DSquared2, Maison Margiela etc.

    I tried on various suits by Paul Smith and others but none of them "suited" me. I then tried out the Neil Barrett suit and thought wow. I asked one of the staff if he could give me his opinion, and without knowing what I had thought before, I tried on the other suits first but he honestly told me that none of them fit well. The moment I put on the Neil Barrett suit, he said that one fits perfectly. The fact that the suit was 1/2 price was too good not to buy it.

    What would be your first choice or in other words, what would you recommend in general which is worth checking out in the future?
    I wouldn't mind getting 1 or 2 more suits in the coming months.
     
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  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    iirc, Neil Barrett has a long, fairly narrow cut. You might be interested in Costume National as well, which has a similar shape (though less narrow, ime), or maybe SLP. Some Marc Jacobs suits are cut that way as well.
     
  5. Eljay

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    Actually the jacket is quite short which is why I like it. I'm average height(5'9 1/2 or 177cm) so the slim look with a shorter jacket looks great on me.
    The Paul Smith suit jacket was too long and made me look stocky. The pants are quite slim, especially near the bottom.

    Prada doesn't seem to be a fashion anymore when it comes to men's fashion but I still like their suits most. I once tried on a Prada suit and that was
    definitely the most stylish looking suit according to my taste.
     
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  6. IChen

    IChen Senior member

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    Well high end prada suits are really expensive and well tailored but you got to pay for them. I wouldn't really recommend one unless on sale and you can confirm it was made by belvest.
     
  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I would say that if you find Prada suit that fits, then get it. The construction is unlikely to be terrible, and the construction is secondary to style and cut anyway.

    Incidentally, Neil Barrett got b started as a Prada menswear designer.
     
  8. Eljay

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    Interesting. Maybe that's the reason the suit immediately appealed to me.
     

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