What are the best UK labels for "Traditional" ready to wear men's suits?

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  1. Frihed89

    Frihed89 Senior member

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    And where are they available in London in retail stores? All I get when i search the Internet are outlets for bargain hunters or radically cut Italian style suits.

    Is the only alternative custom-made?
     


  2. Not Ed Harris

    Not Ed Harris Senior member

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    What sort of price range are you looking for?

    If you're in London now there are some good reductions on New & Lingwood suits at House of Fraser on Oxford Street, assuming they still have them in stock.
     


  3. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    You could look at the RTW lines of the Savile Row houses which have them, such as Gieves, as well as from places like Ede & Ravenscroft.

    When talking about 'labels' stocked in stores, most will be quite non-Traditional like Paul Smith for example; most of the more well known labels are well known because of being non-Traditional and fashionable.

    At the bottom end of the price-range you have places like M&S, which are pretty decent for the price.
     


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    Well what do you mean by "Traditional" UK label? i was always under the impression there wasnt really one. I mean on one spectrum you have the drapey A&S and on the other the military structure of Huntsman and the like. Im assuming you mean Structure and very clean looking, double vents, and waisted? If so Besides the color of the linings in most paul smith is not bad (always been my idea of a modern British cut on some models). Not sure if Kilgour still does RTW, Gieves and Hawkes like the poster above mentioned, also i think some of the other savile row houses carry some RTW. Your best bet is to look around and see which brand fits your the best then maybe try finding them online, its very hard to just narrow it down to a "Traditional" UK or a "Traditional" Italian etc because within the different countries there are so many looks. For example, Belvest, Isaia, Attolini, Brioni, Kiton, Davenza(sp?) Lavera, Zegna, Saintandrea etc are all from italy but all look different from one another.
     


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    There are two problems with your question namely you don't explain what you mean is an "english" suit and you don't explain what your price range is. Anyway, I will give you three recommendations of traditional "english" tailors

    circa £200 - Marks & Spencer - A well fitted, full wool M&S suit is as good and as traditional as anything else you will get for the price, and being M&S its as english as a nice cup of tea and a crumpet

    circa £400 - Ede & Ravenscroft - Still the main tailor to the twin peaks of englishness - the bar and oxbridge. There RTW suits are as good as anyone else's for the similar price, and they usually offer some good sale discounts

    circa £600 - At this price, most of the "fashion brands" are open to you - though I would not recommend them, especially as Ede's will do you a MTM suit for around £750 ( from memory) - and if you can afford a £600 suit you can afford a significantly better one for £750
     


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    I just did the circuit last week and if you are looking for a full canvas RTW I think you would be hard pressed to find one for less than ~GBP700. Ede, Gieves, N&L, Boateng et al all have cheaper RTW suits but are fused. Most of the fused have a fairly stiff hand as well and didn't seem like good value to me.
     


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    Frihed89 Senior member

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    Thank you all. I know what I like. I just don't know what it's called. Price wasn't the real issue as I can handle £750 for a really nice suit. But I can see i don't have the time to look around on this journey. I'll just pick up some shoes, my original, and better researched mission.

    Fortunately, my son is soon moving to London and there will be more reasons to come here.

    Most of my suits are quite old and well worn, bought mainly a small WTR mfr in Boston and J Press in New Haven, quite a while back They Are a bit baggy, and I am not, so I guess I would like something a bit more snug.

    Thanks again.
     


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    GBR Senior member

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    Marks and Spencer represents good value at various price ranges. Tom Mahon has also spoken well of them in tailoring terms
     


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    TM Lewin offer decent value at M&Sish prices.
     


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    Given your budget try suit supply on vigo st. you will get one of their MTM which start at under 400. Ive been wearing marengo blue and scarlet label for 6 years because their block works for me and i liked the combination of italian suiting with english cut. they moved to the row recently and prices crept up so i decided to try suit supply. i have to say its a very credible product at the price point. the customisation options are broad and the construction is very good for a far east produced item (even when i compare to the italian made marengo). ive tried aquascutum in the past but would have suit supply over any of the other maintstay row brands at your price point providing your are ultimately bothered about the suit rather than label
     


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    Strickland and Sons have a RTW line on Saville Row. They just opened up a showroom in Melbourne, Australia. From what I saw, they are good value for a RTW suit.

    Made in China, but with Holland and Sherry Fabric, half-canvassed, hand-padded lapel, lined collar, hand-finished button holes and properly constructed internal pockets. Colours and fabrics included nice chalk stripe flannels for the suits, and eye catching sports jackets.

    Their website is http://www.stricklandandsons.co.uk/
     


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    I have returned from London. Shoe shopping occupied all my time, but this is a valuable resource for me for future visits.

    London is a mad house! True, Copenhagen is not exactly a clothing or food mecca, but the relaxed style of life might prove an interesting diversion to some of you.

    Thanks again.

    Mac
     


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    I have returned from London. Shoe shopping occupied all my time, but this is a valuable resource for me for future visits.

    London is a mad house! True, Copenhagen is not exactly a clothing or food mecca, but the relaxed style of life might prove an interesting diversion to some of you.

    Thanks again.

    Mac


    Please do us the favor of telling us about your shoe shopping experience.
     


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