Pictures of a Lands' End Blazer

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  1. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    At times I've seen some limited discussion on Lands' End be it bashing LE or stating the value for the money. Â I've commented about my experiences and have had some PMs regarding the subject. Â I thought I'd take some pictures of a navy blazer I have from LE for those who have asked about the half-canvas blazers and suits. I don't seek criticism as to construction, why better buttons might be in order, why the cut might not be what someone prefers, why it doesn't compare to Barbera, Oxxford, Brioni, etc. etc. Â It is what it is. Â I like this jacket in terms of fit and construction for me; however, of course I do wish I had kept the 100% cashmere Purple Label navy blazer I purchased a number of years ago at $129 new and returned it, not realizing what I had. In any case, for those who have asked, blazer is described as follows: http://landsend.com/cd....E_30817 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  2. Bags

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    Thanks for posting the pics.  I've been curious about the LE blazers and sportcoats.  While I realize that they are not normally discussed here, I appreciate you bringing it up.  I've had success in the past with their dress shirts and the occasional casual trousers, but had been wary of making the jump into anything more substantial.

    Can you give us more of your opinions on the quality and fit.  How does it compare in these areas to some of the more well known brands?  Also, from the link, it appears that this is a Traditional Fit blazer.  Have you had any experience with their Tailored Fit jackets?

    I'm looking for a day-to-day workhorse navy blazer that I can wear anywhere without having to worry too much about it.  I work in construction, so on those days when I'm back and forth from the office to a site visit, I need something that will look nice, but not have me paranoid about ruining an expensive jacket.  I figured for $150, this one might fit the bill.
     


  3. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    Bags,

    This is actually a Tailored Fit item. It does run more snug than their traditional fit. I normally wear about a size 40 in their Traditional fit and found a size 41 just right.

    This fits well for me. No puckering along the shoulders and along the back. I live hundreds of miles away from any good stores where I might find some of the well-known brands discussed on the forum so Lands' End is one of my options.

    I quite like the material of this specific jacket. With Lands' End you can order the size you think you'll need (or order two different sizes) and returns are never a problem, especially if there is a Sears store locally. I ordered this blazer in two sizes and took the one that didn't fit me back to a Sears store and it only took a matter of minutes to make the return with no return-shipping cost.

    I hope I answered your question. If not, feel free to PM me.
     


  4. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

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    From the pictures, this looks like a remarkably well made jacket considering the price. Never mind the stitching along all edges, but it has the inside pockets partly on the fabric, it has an armpit guard (shaky terminology) and half canvas. These are all details that are omitted when cutting costs.

    B
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think this blazer is very handsome and would make a great wardrobe essential. Do you think they make a 38 short?
     


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    quill Senior member

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    "Sweat shield" is, I believe, the term (though not much more aesthetic.)
     


  7. boston

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    Hi JohnMS -- thanks for sharing.

    My size is 39L, and I bought a traditional fit LE jacket a year ago in 40L and found it *way* to big. It was like a tent -- really quite ridiculously large around the body.

    However, I've found their tailored fit shirts to fit very well indeed.

    Is their tailored fit jacket significantly slimmer than their traditional fit jacket? And are their half-canvas jackets better than their regular (fused garments). How close are half-canvas to full-canvas?

    thanks,

    -boston
     


  8. JohnMS

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    In LE traditional fit, I find I take about a size smaller than typical for other brands (e.g., 40 instead of 41).  

    You'll have to ask quill about the construction.  You can get half-canvas for the price of the fused if you wait until they go on sale.  I bought a half-canvas suit from LE a year or so back for about $125.  Made in Canada.

    Regarding traditional vs tailored fit, find two jackets that you like and then call them.  Customer service or better yet specialty shoppers, will give you the following measurements of any jackets at your request:

    shoulders across
    chest (make sure you ask for garment measurement)
    waist (garment measurement)
    sleeve
    back-down
    upper arm

    You can then compare measurements and see.

    Remember, with LE you can order a size and if it doesn't fit, they'll send out another size at no shipping cost.  You can then take the jacket that doesn't fit back to a Sears store in your area and you're not out any extra shipping cost.

    Gone are the days when you could get sportcoats for $12, wool pants for $4 (hemmed). LE used to have really good deals online.
     


  9. quill

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    boston,

    LE rarely offers full-canvas suits (we do, on occasion). We're just not in the marketplace to compete with those companies who already do such a superb job of offering fully-canvassed suits.

    And, not to denigrade one's own products, but yes, the half-canvas makes are a step up from the fusibles (as is probably true in most cases).

    Country of origin is Portugal, unless otherwise noted (Italian makers are offered from time to time). We use the same tailors (same company) in Portugal that make Hugo Boss and Armani.

    In most cases, only about five half-canvas suits are made in the time it takes to make 50 fusibles. This is due to the hand-cutting of fabric, the careful half-canvas construction, closer final inspections, etc.

    Unlike the fusibles, Half-canvas coats generally offer more pockets, pickstitiching along lapels, collars, pocket edges, etc., sweat shields, nicely finished sleeve caps, and the fit is more tailored than traditional fused suitcoats (i.e., less ease across the upper back, upper chest, higher arm scyes to allow independent movement of the arm, less ease in the waist). Trousers (also tailored fit) come with brace buttons and linings to the knees. Also, the quality of fabrics tends to be better, which makes sense. You want a fabric that will drape nicely and pay off the dividends of that half-canvas work.

    I'm not a suit expert, but I hope that gives you a better idea. LE tries to offer a well-made product at a specific range of price points. Obviously, there are limitations to what can be achieved this way, but there are also (as JohnMS has so nicely pointed out) some very great values to be had.

    Beyond that, there are obviously thousands of excellent options for any gentleman to choose from. And of course, this forum is one of the best places to learn about them.
     


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    very interesting post, thanks quill
     


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    You're very welcome, [email protected] [​IMG] Hope you find your way out of Saigon...unless that's where you want to be. [​IMG]
     


  12. boston

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    great post, quill.

    thanks for sharing. i'm excited to try out LE in smaller sizes and the half canvas garment. I'm a big fan of their tailored shirts and would be thrilled if I could get their sport coats to fit.

    incidently, i ordered one of those mexican wedding shirts they offered recently and had to send it back. I'm usually a medium, so I ordered a short and it was still *enormous*. I know they are meant to be loose but it really was out of control. Very sad, since it was a cool shirt.

    all the best

    boston
     


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