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New Isaia suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stu, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    I just got my new Isaia suit from STP today. Of course I immediately had to open the box and play dress up. It is just stunning, and at $914 delivered, a good deal.

    A couple of questions:  I got the sage glen plaid, thinking it would be a good summer suit.  However, it seems a bit more earth toned than light-colored, and I was wondering if Sage Glen Plaid is more suitable for winter months?

    Also, it is just a smidge too big in the chest.  I measured it and it is 46 inches in the chest, and my chest measures 42 inches. I probably would do better with a 45-inch chest to give me 3 inches of play rather than 4. Can I have the tailor take an inch in at the chest without messing up a $2,500 suit?  And if i have him nip the chest, should he also correspondingly nip the waist by a like amount, so as to retain the proportion of the fit?
     
  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Nipping the waist should be sufficient. The 4 inches in the chest will just cause a bit more swell probably, as long as the waist is the right fit. I'd take the waist in, and then make any chest decision, which will likely be a difficult alteration.

    I like the sage glen plaid a lot. I think it could work in all seasons, so long as the fabric weight allows it.
     
  3. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Did you buy a 52? Can you please describe the fit of the shoulder?
     
  4. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    I would say a good tailor could bring the chest in sufficiently. I had a 54L Isaia brought down to a 52L. Fits/looks perfect. Of course, the tailor didn't start use coal to make his statue.
     
  5. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    I wear a 42 R, but on STP's advice, bought a 54 R. I took it to the tailor today, and upon Johnny's recomendation, asked him to just take in the waist. I'm not good at describing shoulders, but I can tell you it has the most beautiful shoulder on a suit I've ever seen. It is soft, with some padding, but not a sharp, strong angle. the effect is of a suit that just drapes naturally and makes it look like you were born in it.
     
  6. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    The chest can be altered, but it depends on where the breast pocket sits. If you have enough room between breast pocket and shoulder seam, then a really good tailor can do this for you. However, keep in mind that altering the chest may alter lapel rolls. After the alteration, you may notice the lapels may roll differently. Also, if you are certain that you want to alter the chest, make sure you do this first and then adjust other seams like waist or back. If you do them all at once, you may shrink the suit too much.
     
  7. Bags

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    Stu,
    Can you describe the Sage Glen Plaid for me?  Or some pics would be even better if you've got them.  I've been mulling over the Sage Isaia on STP (they shipped me the wrong suit, and now the one I originally ordered is out of stock,) but it's hard for me to tell from the pics on the website what it actually looks like.  

    To my eye, the pics on STP's website make it look like a light to medium gray with subtle blue overplaid.  I'm can't tell where the 'sage' is coming into the name.
     
  8. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    I'd say that's about right. I don't have any photos of the suit, other than what you see on the Web site. The sage, I guess is just a hint of green. But it really comes off as a medium gray. It's really an unusual suit, in a good way. Unlike anything i've ever worn before. At first I was kind of skeptical but it really grows on you. Looks great with a red patterened tie and a sky blue shirt.
     

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