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Raffaelle Caruso Models

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by william, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. r_fine

    r_fine Senior member

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    Yes. The only other retailer of RC in DK I could find was in Ã…lborg, as far as I remember. Do you know of others?

    Daniel in Hørsholm has some suits and jackets.

    But otherwise there is the shop in Aarhus (forget its name, it's on one of the central pedestrian streets) which seems to carry it as their preferred high end brand. Don't know if they do MTM.
     
  2. Kaplan

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    ^ Thank you. You're right; the other shop was in Ã…rhus. I just checked and they do offer MTM. Prices from $2.000 to $6.000, depending on fabric and details.
     
  3. r_fine

    r_fine Senior member

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    Wholly shit, for that price you can have a MTM here. During sales (pre sale already starting as we speak) RTW can be acquired for less then $ 800.

    Proxy!
     
  4. CashmereLover

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    You can't assume a high tech blend would be cheaper. I've got linen hemp blend jackets. They aren't any cheaper then the plain linen version.

    Somebody thinks the flax adds something to the blend.


    My reasoning is: The more unorthodox features of a suit, the more the discount will be on a sale. A pure wool suit is more traditional, and it'll always get sold, whereas a blend of materials normally don't appeal to the same number of people. Some things never seem to be on sale, whilst the sale is more intense if the garment is somewhat "trendy"... You don't see C&J shoes on 50% sale every season (I think?), but you do see that kind of sale for e.g. D&G shoes because they make new trendy lines all the time.

    These are just my thoughts and speculations, not a strict and general opinion. Any comments?
     
  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Unless you check the fabric label most people can't tell the make up. It's not like a strange colour or other feature that stands out.
     
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    Unless you check the fabric label most people can't tell the make up. It's not like a strange colour or other feature that stands out.

    I think that 50% flax would be very easy to notice when handling the suit.
     
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    Nicola Senior member

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    On my hemp jacket the main difference is it wrinkles less then 100% linen. I can't imagine too many people looking at it and saying it's a wierd blend.
     
  8. CashmereLover

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    For me, a 100% wool suit would be more valuable than the one I have now in a 50/50 blend. I bought it due to a limited budget and prioritization of great fit and Italian craftmanship.
     
  9. tricota

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    Yes. The only other retailer of RC in DK I could find was in Ã…lborg, as far as I remember. Do you know of others?

    There was one in Ã…rhus, probably the one you mentioned, that said one their website, that there were only 3 shops selling the brand. I was thinking of looking into it, but the prices seem very high, even for Denmark...
     
  10. NOBD

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    For me, a 100% wool suit would be more valuable than the one I have now in a 50/50 blend.

    Why?
     
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    Why?

    That's just my perception of fabric. I was aiming for a universal, formal suit - and flax adds a texture that decreases the formal touch.
     
  12. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    [...] I was aiming for a universal, formal suit - and flax adds a texture that decreases the formal touch.

    Okay. That, I understand.
     
  13. eHaberdasher

    eHaberdasher Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    For you Caruso fans, we're getting in 100 suits next week - mostly Sartoria Parma!
     
  14. Kaplan

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    Okay. That, I understand.
    Me too. Only, I'm looking for the opposite - textures that feel less formal.

    NOBD (and others with RC MTM experience) how did you find their fabric options?

    I imagine they only offer Italian suitings?

    I would consider Caruso MTM if they have something equivalent to Harrisons flannel and Minnis fresco...
     
  15. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    Me too. Only, I'm looking for the opposite - textures that feel less formal.

    Same here. (As you can see in this thread.)

    NOBD (and others with RC MTM experience) how did you find their fabric options?

    I imagine they only offer Italian suitings?

    I would consider Caruso MTM if they have something equivalent to Harrisons flannel and Minnis fresco...


    I looked through the Caruso bunches at my supplier for my first MTM suit (the brown herringbone). The second one (blue cotton) was a Drapers fabric, not from the Caruso books. Caruso offers all kinds of fabrics, not just Italian. For my latest suit (the flannel glen check) I chose a Fox flanel. My supplier ordered the fabric directly from Fox and had it send it to Caruso who made a suit out of it.
     
  16. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Caruso makes great OTR stuff. I still very happily wear a PoW flannel suit (Barbera cloth) and a sportscoat in washed corduroy. Together with my Brioni blazer they are the only RTW tailored garments that survived my transition to bespoke (with the exception of overcoats and some odd trousers). I didn't know they did MTM.
     
  17. Kaplan

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    ^ Thank you NOBD. I'll have to check if the 'local' MTM retailer (in the other end of the country [​IMG]) offers something similar.

    I always imagined that MTM was pretty limited with regard to changing lapel width, button stance and gorge height (and had this pretty much confirmed when checking up on Pal Zileri MTM).

    A phone call to the 'local' Caruso MTM retailer suggested a pretty great range of possible customization (but apparently RC only offers a two patch pocket configuration for their MTM. With Zileri it was all three or nothing).

    How did you find the freedom for customization?
     
  18. NOBD

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    ^ Thank you NOBD. I'll have to check if the 'local' MTM retailer (in the other end of the country [​IMG]) offers something similar.A phone call to the 'local' Caruso MTM retailer suggested a pretty great range of possible customization (but apparently RC only offers a two patch pocket configuration for their MTM. With Zileri it was all three or nothing).

    How did you find the freedom for customization?


    I thought (think) three patch was (is) no problem. Caruso offers three patch on their OTR too. Maybe it depends on the retailer. My retailer visits the factory regularly and knows the people there.
     
  19. Kaplan

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    ^ That's just what they told me, but either way that's not a big deal for me. I was more wondering about if you were given any freedom to change some of the other stuff, like lapel width, button stance and gorge height.

    I was told this is possible, but I didn't think it was with MTM. I know it isn't with Zileri as they apparently 'stamp' out the fabric with lapel shaped knives...
     
  20. NOBD

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    ^ That's just what they told me, but either way that's not a big deal for me. I was more wondering about if you were given any freedom to change some of the other stuff, like lapel width, button stance and gorge height.

    I was told this is possible, but I didn't think it was with MTM. I know it isn't with Zileri as they apparently 'stamp' out the fabric with lapel shaped knives...


    Well, it's MTM, so the possiblities are limited. I'm afraid I don't know what the exact limits of Caruso MTM are, but if you don't like the OTR 'base cut' of Caruso (I'm not saying you don't, but generally spoken), I'd choose a brand with a base cut that suits you more.
     

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