• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Small Timer Question: Opinion on Suit Quality

rengler22

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2009
Messages
84
Reaction score
1
Is this a no-brainer?

Which do you think would be better quality for a starter suit?

One of Hickey Freeman's lines, hickey, which is a more modern fit (which I like a lot) and half-canvased I believe.

http://www.hickeystyle.com/website/p...5Fid=H01332000

An example of this line.

OR

The often debated M. Valentino suit from the Wizard of Aahs ebay store. I've heard good and bad things and read up on these suits. But I have heard much about the hickey line.

http://cgi.ebay.com/M-VALENTINO-MENS...item588c60533f

An example of this suit.

Thoughts?

PS - My current wardrobe is littered with Banana Republic (before I found this site) and I'm just getting started on a complete overhaul. I have about $2,000 to spend and need a 2-3 suits, 3-4 pairs of flat front pants, and and 3-4 shirts. If you think I should go in a completely different direction than this, I'm open to this as well.
 

Superfluous

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 19, 2010
Messages
3,073
Reaction score
226
I'd stay away from both. The best value I've found is from Polo Ralph Lauren suits. Let's say you put $1200 on the table for 3 suits, you could find 3 Polo Ralph Lauren suits for $400 each.

edit- what size are you?
 

rengler22

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2009
Messages
84
Reaction score
1
Originally Posted by Tony Romo
I'd stay away from both. The best value I've found is from Polo Ralph Lauren suits. Let's say you put $1200 on the table for 3 suits, you could find 3 Polo Ralph Lauren suits for $400 each.

edit- what size are you?


I'm a 40R. I'm looking for a semi - modern fitting suit without looking like a douche. Can PRL be found in this look? And for $400 each, I'm assuming I would buy these in the B&S section? I live in Indianapolis, IN and there aren't any high fashion outlets (off fifth, etc)
 

Timeless Fashion

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 11, 2009
Messages
343
Reaction score
1
Have you checked out your local Brooks Brothers? Go and try on a 1818 Regent and Fitzgerald at BB. If you can wait for a sale, you can get them for ~ $500.

PRL suits are pretty decent, but I would try to find a RL store to try them on for fit. If they fit you and you can get them for less than $500, then go for it.

For best fit, you will want to find a good alterations tailor.
 

Birks and Grey Socks

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2011
Messages
146
Reaction score
5
Was in similar boat. Of course it'd be very nice to get great italian suits. But on a budget, I got various $400-500 suits on sale for around $200-250, including a few RLs, but what always makes them look amazing is finding a good tailor and getting them altered just right. In the end with the money I saved got some really nice shirts and ties (including my latest score of a new Zegna couture for $65!). The final look with nicely chosen accessories and great shoes is that I look like i spent 4-5x the money I actually did. Also saving the money and spending it on a gym membership will make you look way better than the typical rolla' in their $1000 suit
 

slappy

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2009
Messages
566
Reaction score
5
I'll disagree with the previous posters I guess. The Hickey line is very decent. The cut is very nice, slim and flattering. It may not be canvassed but it doesn't look or feel cheap and includes visible handwork. If you can find it on discount it is definitely worth getting (meaning 500 or so dollars). I wouldn't pay anywhere near what that website says however.
 

slappy

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2009
Messages
566
Reaction score
5
In fact Gilt has some Hickey Freeman suits up for 600. I assume they are mainline canvassed HF, I considered picking up the charcoal birdseye but eh. They also have the Hickey line for 500 atm.
 

rengler22

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2009
Messages
84
Reaction score
1
Originally Posted by slappy
In fact Gilt has some Hickey Freeman suits up for 600. I assume they are mainline canvassed HF, I considered picking up the charcoal birdseye but eh. They also have the Hickey line for 500 atm.

GILT - Correct. This is actually why I posted this thread. I saw a solid navy hickey suit for $500. That's actually why I compared it to the Valentino suit above. Because they're fairly close in price here.
 

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 13 14.6%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 27 30.3%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 21 23.6%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 8 9.0%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 4 4.5%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 6 6.7%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 6 6.7%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
427,302
Messages
9,196,433
Members
193,139
Latest member
knytantar

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top