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UK/EU What to look out for: Suit for travel

Andrew-NL

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Hello Forum

So, long time lurker, first time poster here... and I would like to canvass some opinion and possible shop suggestions in UK.

Anyway, I travel a lot with my job to Africa, Latin America and Asia, so a wide variety of countries and one of the problems I always face is that my suits creases something rotten. So, I am planning on buying a suit that doesn't do that, but don't really want to spend a fortune (GBP 300/350) because it wont be my day-to-day suit. So does anyone have any suggestions as to where to look in UK and/or the Netherlands? Also, when I am looking at suits, what evidence should I be on the look out for to suggest that a suit is hard wearing and travel-resistant.

Many thanks!

Andrew
 

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I reckon you have two realistic options: 1) Buy a Rohan suit which is designed for just such a purpose. It can be screwed in a ball, placed in the bottom of a heavily laden backpack etc. etc. and will come out looking fine, in the way you have described. Now obviously, said suit will not be a beautiful suit, with full canvas construction and all that jazz, but it arguably fits the bill. I'm sure some will say they wouldn't be seen dead in one, but it seems like you have few options. 2) Learn to fold your nice suit trousers and jacket in such a way as to minimise unwanted creasing, and then place this into a sealable packet which can be inflated with air so as to form a cushion around the suit. When this is in your luggage, it would hopefully prevent the weight of your other luggage from pressing extra creases and wrinkles into your suit. Something like this: Hope that helps...
 

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Hi Gents

Well thanks for the really helpful responses! I am going to look at the options - tbh, the Rohan one looks like a sack with arms sewn on, but I love the folding tips. Will definitely try that next time! And the Zegna suits look interesting too...

Cheers for your help!

Andrew
 

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I'm no longer much of a fan of Paul Smith stuff but they make a range of "Travel Suits" which you can pick up for around your budget at the sale shop (they've usually got a few in stock if you're ever in London)
 

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Originally Posted by GBer
Zegna used to make a traveler suit. Not sure if they still make them:

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Traveler is a whole line. Suits,jackets and even overcoats. Basically mainline pricing. Milano cut.
 

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Originally Posted by Andrew-NL
Hello Forum

So, long time lurker, first time poster here... and I would like to canvass some opinion and possible shop suggestions in UK.

Anyway, I travel a lot with my job to Africa, Latin America and Asia, so a wide variety of countries and one of the problems I always face is that my suits creases something rotten. So, I am planning on buying a suit that doesn't do that, but don't really want to spend a fortune (GBP 300/350) because it wont be my day-to-day suit. So does anyone have any suggestions as to where to look in UK and/or the Netherlands? Also, when I am looking at suits, what evidence should I be on the look out for to suggest that a suit is hard wearing and travel-resistant.

Many thanks!

Andrew


There is no such thing as a travel resistant suit despite many claims. The Rohan garment in all its hopelessness is the closest you will get. Carry the thing in a suit bag and not crammed into a case and when you arrive hang it over the bath, draw hot water at the hotelier's expense and allow steam to rise from it: the creases will fall out.
 

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