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Thrift Brioni Suit - Real? Fake? Worth it?

thebarsmydestination

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I've been experimenting with the Salvation Army this month (after Put This On tipped me off that January was the time to strike).

I'm trying to figure out if this is worth pursuing any further.

The two questions are: Is it a knock-off? I'm no good at judging labels and have zero knowledge of brand history but the off-center "Made in Italy" looks weirdly suspect.

Second: If it's authentic, is it worth taking to the tailor? The stance looks a little low and the lapels are wider than I'm used to and I don't think these things can be altered. Navy is my color of choice and my size is "very tiny" so I jumped at it at the store, since, right? Strike when the iron is hot.

Did I make a twenty dollar mistake, or should I drop another hundred dollars into pursuing this?

Obviously pictures of the thing on me would help make a judgement but I'm camera shy. Any help would be appreciated!


 

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I'm no expert but that looks like an old suit. For the exact reasons you described. Is there really a market to produce fake Brioni? Fake Gucci and Armani I can see, but how many people even know what a Brioni suit is worth?
 

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It looks like it could be a real Brioni. The lapels and button stance date it to 10-25 years ago, though it still looks classic Roman. It has no vents, right? Have you ever tried on a Brioni? It has a very unique feel. It's very structured and should feel a bit heavier than the average suit. Of course it should be fully canvassed. Does it fit well? If so, then for $20 it's a great deal.
 

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FWIW I believe it's genuine. I'd place it early 90's judging from the lapels (particularly the height of the gorge). If it fits you, who cares whether it's genuine or not though? $20 is nothing for a suit. Heck, if you end up selling/throwing away the jacket and only keeping the trousers $20 is still nothing.
 

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Oh snap. I love your blog.

Yes-- it has no vents. That also puts me off a little bit, since I'm used to vents on everything. I'll upload pictures of myself when I can get them (I don't have a camera with a timer, so it's difficult to get myself in the shot without distorting everything.)

I need to have the waist taken in a couple of inches and the jacket taken in as well-- but unlike everything else in the thrift store, where sizes seem to start at 42 and go up from there, the shoulders were fairly spot on. Usually my adventures at Salvation Army are finding a suit that looks good, discovering that it have wings made of shoulder padding, and being sad. I would probably also have the leg slimmed, but I'm worried that it would throw off the balance of the suit?

Obviously it's impossible to provide input on these thoughts without seeing a photograph of me, but I'm thinking aloud. On the internet, but aloud all the same.

Is it possible to raise the button stance? Or, more importantly, is it practical?
 

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Originally Posted by Trompe le Monde
dont pursue stuff simply because of a name

Well said. My defense is-- I think when one is starting out it's difficult to identify quality in the nuts and bolts of an item. You can kind of trust fit and styling to instinct; "does this look good or not?"

As far as identifying quality in construction and material I think it takes a bit of learning-- handling and wearing something that you can trust. I've caught myself saying, "This material feels really nice," only to discover it was some weird polyester or rayon blend.

And as far as styling and fit goes, it's my understanding that even if you're still working on developing your eye for what's good and timeless (like I am) there are some makers that you can use as shorthand. Some people weathered the 80s and 90s with more dignity and grace than others.

Does that make sense? I'm sort of learning by doing, or trying to.
 

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Originally Posted by Merlino
FWIW I believe it's genuine. I'd place it early 90's judging from the lapels (particularly the height of the gorge). If it fits you, who cares whether it's genuine or not though? $20 is nothing for a suit. Heck, if you end up selling/throwing away the jacket and only keeping the trousers $20 is still nothing.


This is great advice! At worst you have a pair of slacks.

Regarding genuine item or not: It is genuine. As for age of suit, it is probably 20years old. I would not worry about it being dated or not - does the suit look good on you? A suit does not have to have vents to look good. If suit does not look good on you, chuck the jacket and keep the slacks.
 

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Nice find. Fit pics? I doubt the lapels are wide enough to make it look really dated.
 

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Nice looking suit, and a great buy. Wear it. Enjoy it.
 

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how do you feel about the ventless jacket?
 

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I've never really experimented with double vents or ventless. Just about all of the jackets and suits I've ever owned have been single vent. I know that they're supposed to change the shape of the jacket but I'm not really sure HOW. Once I get it tailored to fit I guess I'll find out.
 

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