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Opinion: Is the RLBL Anthony suit suitable for business attire?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Haruspex, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Haruspex

    Haruspex Well-Known Member

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    Need to buy, in a hurry, an OTR slim fitting suit. I'm a creative, but don't wish to be inappropriate in the various corporate milieus I'm found in. Have a MTM Samuelsohn that didn't turn out so well (pre-SF) and an Isaia navy pinstripe which is nice, but perhaps not the thing for interviews and presentations.

    Since I'm slim, tall and broad-shouldered, the RLBL Anthony suit looks appealing. The BB Fitzgerald is another option. Both are on sale, but that's not relevant to getting it right, so please offer your expertise!
     
  2. embowafa

    embowafa Senior member

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    I'm a younger guy who is also slim and tall. In my opinion, the RLBL suit is just fine.

    But, ymmv.
     
  3. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    I don't see how you could go wrong with either. In my opinion, the RLBL is a better made suit (also more expensive) and the BB Fitz is more conservative, but still a well-made suit. If you are quite slim, you may need to have the BB taken in a bit.
     
  4. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    As long as you pair it with fairly conservative accessories, there's nothing inherent in Black Label that makes it unsuitable for interviewing/business meeting/etc. It's marginally more "stylised" than some other more generic suits but to 99% of people out there, provided the suit fits you/your build, that will just come across as "well-dressed" not "vain fashion maven". [​IMG]

    I rather think people worry a little too much about standing out because of being well dressed. As long as you're a decent sort of person in your interactions with others, dressing well nicely accentuates your overall impression on others I find.
     
  5. PartagasIV

    PartagasIV Senior member

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    I'm tryin to pick up an Anthony tux this weekend, I'm assuming it's the same fit as the suits..
     
  6. vitaminc

    vitaminc Senior member

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    I'm tryin to pick up an Anthony tux this weekend, I'm assuming it's the same fit as the suits..

    personally i don't like the notch lapel of the tux. rather get a notch lapel black suit instead of a notch lapel tux.
     
  7. Haruspex

    Haruspex Well-Known Member

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    Sweet. Thank you all for the helpful insight.
     
  8. sartort

    sartort Senior member

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    Haruspex. I have both and prefer my RLBLs. The BB Fitz was my first nice suit and I've gone onto purchase 4 RLBLs since then. You can't go wrong with either but I feel that the RLBL Anthony suitis a better made, better cut suit. The Fitz is a little more conservative if it's really an issue. But I don't think the RLBL is going to offend anyone.

    Partagas IV, the RLBL tux is the same cut as the suits. I tried one on at the Chicago store last year. It is very very nice. I love how the grograin facing turns inside and creates a nice edge detail below the button. Most, if not all tuxes do this, but I haven't noticed this touch as being as prominent as it is on the RLBL. Perhaps it's the way the lapels roll into the button as well as the quarters having a bit of roll or flare below the button which shows the back facing more.

    But I digress. It is very nice but the deal breaker is the notch. If it was a peak lapel, it would be near perfection (for me). I have a very nice Midnight Blue Polo tux with peak lapel and like it more for this reason. It is more timeless/classic and can be used for years to come. It is cut quite trim through the body, but the arms are just a little more full than my RLBL jackets.
     
  9. Spatlese

    Spatlese Senior member

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    HF hit it on the head. I'm still in the market for a BL myself, but nothing I've seen live or even in photos suggest they are unsuitable for what I think you're after.
     
  10. Bumble_Bee

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    In a way, does it not depend on your level/section in the corporate world, meaning entry to mid level or lots of customer service to a little bit more over in the management side? I am not that familiar with it as outsider, but I can picture RLBL being fine for people at the entry level or meets a lot of client as they need to have a little bit of a pimp style anyway. Where as mid levels might involve more management and a more conservative cut than the "flashiness" seen in RLBL.

    Of course, regardless of the style one has to look good and comfortable in his suit.
     
  11. Haruspex

    Haruspex Well-Known Member

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    Went down to Lenox and got the Anthony in charcoal. A little unnerved by the tailor on site -- he was brusque and indifferent at first, but I kept asking questions and making sure the fit was precise, and he eventually relaxed a bit. The jacket was nearly perfect, but the pants require major surgery, so we'll see how that goes.

    Also purchased some captoes in brown; the sale made them irresistible.

    Again, thank you for the advice.
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

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    As long as you pair it with fairly conservative accessories, there's nothing inherent in Black Label that makes it unsuitable for interviewing/business meeting/etc. It's marginally more "stylised" than some other more generic suits but to 99% of people out there, provided the suit fits you/your build, that will just come across as "well-dressed" not "vain fashion maven". [​IMG] I rather think people worry a little too much about standing out because of being well dressed. As long as you're a decent sort of person in your interactions with others, dressing well nicely accentuates your overall impression on others I find.
    I agree, i recently did a presentation wearing RLBL Anthony in Navy Pinstripes. Paired with a purple stripe shirt with a contrast collar and french cuffs. light blue linen pocket square (TV fold), i also did the pen in the breast pocket with a very show-off-ish pen. Navy Pindot tie, and two tone tie bar. Brown Ferragamo shoes with heavy antiquing. I did it in such a way that it was intentionally over the top, but i also like to laugh at myself sometimes and having such an over the top look helps sometimes. I wouldnt interview in the suit, however i would certainly do a business meeting in the suit, infact i regularly attend Chamber of Commerce networking events in my RLBL. I would wear RL Polo for interviews. Unless of course i were interviewing for a Financial sales position, then i wouldnt be shy on showing up in RLBL
     
  13. PartagasIV

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    personally i don't like the notch lapel of the tux. rather get a notch lapel black suit instead of a notch lapel tux.

    I feel the same way about the notch vs. peak--but given the sale price and relative quality, I am willing to look the other way for a tux I can wear for the next 10 years until I can have one made. I don't want to be swimming around in a BB tux nor get something a little cheaper like a J.Crew tux...do you have any suggestions about a RLBL-like fit in a tux for around the same price, with peak lapels?
     
  14. Bumble_Bee

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    I feel the same way about the notch vs. peak--but given the sale price and relative quality, I am willing to look the other way for a tux I can wear for the next 10 years until I can have one made. I don't want to be swimming around in a BB tux nor get something a little cheaper like a J.Crew tux...do you have any suggestions about a RLBL-like fit in a tux for around the same price, with peak lapels?

    bespoke
     
  15. PartagasIV

    PartagasIV Senior member

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    $1k bespoke tux? Show me where and I'll sign up
     
  16. Bumble_Bee

    Bumble_Bee Senior member

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    I think it's possible if you get one from the hong kong peeps.
     
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    Ofcourse it is, i have both the dark grey glenplaid peak lapel suit and a solid navy notch lapel, i work in conservative banking and the suits give me nothing but compliments. This is europe though, but i think you'll get the same response in the us (as long as it fits you good). People will notice you wear a nice looking suit, that's all!
     
  18. vitaminc

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    I feel the same way about the notch vs. peak--but given the sale price and relative quality, I am willing to look the other way for a tux I can wear for the next 10 years until I can have one made. I don't want to be swimming around in a BB tux nor get something a little cheaper like a J.Crew tux...do you have any suggestions about a RLBL-like fit in a tux for around the same price, with peak lapels?

    I honestly don't know. I have not seen any suit jackets with button stance as low and with lapel roll as aggressive as RL Black Label

    but you could always take your favorite black label suits to Chen and have him copy the exact same suit in black wool with satin/grosgrain covered peak lapels.
     
  19. sartort

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    I was told RL is going to start offering Black Label MTM in Spring. Perhaps you can request a peaked lapel tux then if they allow mixing and matching of details. There are already peaked lapel Anthony jackets, so I don't see why it would be a big deal.
     
  20. Bumble_Bee

    Bumble_Bee Senior member

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    definitely not less than 1k if MTM by RL
     

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