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So I got a Hugo Boss suit at Nordstrom today... Did I make a good purchase?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cruxisfalcon, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Well, it still cost you $550. you should have used the gift card for a pair of walnut AE strands instead and done some more research.

    That said, if it fits well, it will most likely last at least 2 to 3 years, and when amortized over 3 years, it ain't that bad.

    Enjoy it, but recognize that HB is really a fashion brand not a quality brand.
     
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  2. CruzAzul

    CruzAzul Senior member

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    It's a solid suit for the money. Enjoy it and don't look back.
     
  3. Jay_Gatsby

    Jay_Gatsby Senior member

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    I have two Boss suits... I purchased one of them at Macy's for $150 (marked down from $800) and I bought the other at Barney's for $250 (a three piece marked down from $1,095). I've tried not to pay too much for off the peg and I've been lucky to find good deals. I think you made a good purchase based on your circumstances. Next year I plan to finally join the MTM crowd. It's been a long time coming.
     
  4. stevent

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    If it fits then be happy. SF does not dictate what you can or cannot wear.
     
  5. Viral

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    don't listen to the haters...........I'd LOVE to see them in their canvassed suits and see if they look any better.

    'Jam/Sharp' is a great cut, especially if it fits you well OTR.

    FYI, I'd refrain from making these posts in the future because everyone here is always trying to "one-up" you, so whatever price you paid for the suit won't matter - there will always be someone who says you could have done better.

    Wear it well and enjoy!!

    Who the fuck wants a suit to last forever anyway?? I don't wear clothes from my teenage years anymore........they disintegrated because they weren't canvassed ;-)
     
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    Actually, no, it's not. That's the giant knock against Boss on this board- you can get higher quality suits for the same price. Hugo boss are fused suits with a fashiony fit- for that fit, which isn't as unique as they claim these days, you're paying a significant markup for a fused suit. $550 isn't too bad for one though, but at $800 with the quality of a $200 suit it's really an issue.

    But hey, if it fits, enjoy it as long as it lasts. Don't take it in for cleaning too often, and it'll last longer. And yes, that's really quite okay to do with suits and wool in general.

    @ Viral: You ask who would want their clothes to last forever anyway, but then remark that you don't wear clothes from HS anymore because they disintegrated. Would you wear them if they didn't disintegrate? And in terms of suits, which don't float in and out of style, what if your $2000 suit lasted for 20 years rather than your $500 suit lasting 3, and looked better every single time you wore it (which, all other things being equal, it would)? Is it worth it then?

    Your logic seems to be that "there is no reason to want clothes to last forever because clothes do not last forever". Which is rather worthless as an argument.

    And some clothes do last nearly forever, if cared for. Sturdy wools can last for decades or more. Prince Charles wears tweed jackets that used to belong to his uncle, not to mention stuff of his own that's 40+ years old (and not just the infamous shoes). On a per year basis, he's paying less for a suit then you are.
     
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  7. f-tard

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    $300 sounds like a decent purchase, anything more is questionable.
     
  8. Viral

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    sorry Holmes...........most people who are especially into clothes & fashion don't want to wear something forever. The whole fused vs. canvassed argument is played out. Fusing techniques and technologies have come a long way. Of course, there is a definite difference in quality when a garment is canvassed, however in day-to-day wear it's a moot point. It's more important that something fits well so that you can achieve the look and feel you are going for.

    When was the last time you impressed someone because your suit was canvassed as opposed to being fused?? And, quite frankly, if someone paid you compliment on your suit - especially and attractive female - and you replied with "It's canvassed" then you are even more of a loser than you might be aware of.

    I don't care about Prince Charles (nor does the OP I'm sure) or others who are proud of how well their clothes have help up after numerous years.......I personally think that's gross and a form of hoarding. Also, I'm sure they (Prince Charles especially) are not worried about the cost of a garment if spread out over XYZ years.

    Your reply to my post was not even necessary. Like I said, everyone here wants to "one-up" others...............you are no different. If you're such a savvy shopper, please show us and the OP where he can get the same fit and satisfaction at the so-called higher quality.
     
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    Totally agree with you on this one. As good as fully canvassed is, only the ones who actually know about its feel and quality will marvel at it. For people who can't dish out all the money in the world for a canvassed suit, they have to do the best they can to find the right balance among quality, fit, and price. The only reason why I've ever gotten compliments for being in a suit was for the way it fit on me.


    Personally, I don't like the Hugo Boss suits from Nordstrom because I feel they're overpriced for the quality and fit that they sell them for. I'm more of an athletic build, so the suits sold in department stores just do not fit on me the way I want them to. Because I can find somewhat better quality and fitted suits at around $400-$500, I shop at other places instead of buying Hugo Boss. But, like some of the others have said, if you like the way it fits on you, then don't worry about your purchase and wear your suit confidently. If you aren't, then do some more research for your next suit purchase so that you're satisfied.
     
  11. Gdot

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    However, in this case the poster has purchased a suit with a very narrow fit and very narrow lapels. This suit WILL NOT still be in style nor wearable even 5 years from now. I know it's hard to imagine now - but any suit that complies with 'the current' look will be out of style soon enough. The apparel industry will see to it, I promise you. Already the last runway shows were pretty full of VERY wide and flowing trousers. After the pendulum has swung as far as it can go into tight fits there is no other direction it can possible move to next other than loose. And given the fact that a multi billion dollar industry exists primarily on the desire for change you can bet your life that change is a comin'!

    In a few years we will all be looking at the current looks with disdain.

    Thus, the suit the OP purchased is probably not such a bad idea if he paid a reasonable price for it - as by the time it wears out and the fusing starts to break down it will be out of style anyway.

    The ONLY style that is worth investing in for the long haul is a 2 button with a moderate lapel and good, but not tight fit. It may not be what's 'in' right now - but it is always appropriate. (Ok - maybe a classic 6/4 double breasted would qualify as well.) When purchasing these sorts of classics in classic fabrics one might make a point for it lasting 20 years. Although even at that it's a rare man whose measurements don't change in 20 years. (I do think, however, there is still a case for investing in high quality clothing - because a great suit in a great fabric is still discernable from a cheaper one more often than not.) And there also is no doubt that a high quality construction will look better in a 5 year old suit than a lower quality one.

    To the OP I say wear it and enjoy for what it is - today's fashion today - you'll be ready to throw it out when the time comes anyway.
     
  12. CruzAzul

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    You could probably get a trained monkey that would push macro buttons firing off examples of knee-jerk SF groupthink -- "HB is inferior", "I sniff at anything fused", etc. -- in response to certain trigger words and phrases.

    Actually, maybe someone already did.
     
  13. Quadcammer

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    And therein lies your problem. You seem to buy clothes to impress people or attract women. I buy clothes that I like and I feel are high quality...not because it impresses others, but because it impresses me.

    You, may in fact, be even more of a loser than you might be aware of.
     
  14. Superfluous

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    Being canvassed or fused is just a means of quality, which often goes hand in hand with higher end brands that make higher quality/cut suits. Canvassing DOES look better and does drape nicer. I can generally tell by looking at a jacket if it's canvassed or not, and very easily once I touch it. One feature I have noticed of higher quality brands that happened to be canvassed over fused is the fit/cut. Many of the lower end fused brands seem to be a more generic cut that will fit more people. Hugo Boss seems to be a brand that might do the more aggressive cut but definitely lacks on quality. However, I do like their stylistic choices as they generally have a lower button stance. One thing about hugo boss is that I can run my hand down an aisle at Off Fifth or Last Call and pick out which are Hugo Boss by their fabric alone... Having said that, those outlets are FILLED with Hugo Boss suits and I'm sure you could have found one there for a better price.
     
  15. Viral

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    OK, e-thug, you don't know me so I don't appreciate your tone.

    The point is, just like you stated, the OP bought the suit for himself because he likes the way it looks and fits. However, if someone notices the same and happens to pay you a compliment - it's NOT because it's fused or canvassed, so who why keep mentioning it?
     
  16. Quadcammer

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    How am I an E-thug? You made the suggestion that someone is a loser, I simply turned that back to you.

    The fact that the OP is asking about whether he made a good purchase obviously means he is questioning it. The reason why people compliment suits is not at issue here. The issue is whether the guy bought a suit worth $550. I say no, others say yes. What that has to do with compliments received by third parties, I'm not sure.
     
  17. CharlesAlexander

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    I absolutly hate the sole Hugo Boss suit that I have, it's fused and falling apart.

    That being said if you like something, it shouldnt matter what others think.
     
  18. frankgold

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    I bought a pair of hugo boss shoes that squeeked every time I wore them and they wouldn't take them back. They are not a company with trustworthy products, really.

    Most Sincerely, I discourage supporting them in every way.
     
  19. chet31

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    If the suit if affordable, fits you well and looks great, mission accomplished. It would then be preferable if it were fully canvassed and made of high quality fabric that will last forever. If I had to choose between the two, which usually I do, I choose the former.
     
  20. suited

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    There is a general disdain for the brand on this board, and I feel as though it sometimes has nothing to do with price, rather people just hate it because it's Hugo Boss. You didn't get the most amazing deal ever, but you also didn't get a bad deal. Enjoy the suit.
     

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