What would you pay for a Baldessarini?

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  1. scot

    scot Senior member

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    I think I have a grasp on what I would pay up to 500 bucks for, but over that I am a bit less than knowledgable.

    Would you pay 700 for a Baldessarini? Any suit or just ones with higher quality fabric?

    Other posts have mentioned Isaia and RLPL at the same level as Baldessarini, is that still true? Would you price either of the other two at about the same level?

    Thanks,
    Scot
     


  2. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    I just avoid Baldessarini generally. Why, because I don't know much about it. I know others have said here that the quality is very high (at least for the shirts), but there always seems to be a touch of skepticism. Plus, the prices the suits sell for on Ebay suggest it's not in the same league as St. Andrews, for example. I may be entirely off base on this, but that's my perception.

    By the way, I noticed in the Vass book that they have pictures of Vass shoes that are "Vass for Baldessari-Hugo Boss." I wonder if these are sold in Hugo Boss stores in the US?
     


  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Baldessarini certainly does not rate with Isaia and Purple Label. The latter two have much more handwork and are as a result much softer and mold to the body much better.

    That said, I would put Baldessarini in the second tier of suits. The fabrics they use are sometimes a bit bold for my tastes, but the quality seems to be good to very good. Sometimes I don't like the styling, but I've tried on a few that I've really thought looked good on me -- in particular, their two buttons have a very nice button stance and they seem to cut their vents pretty nicely.

    Baldessarini is made by R. Caruso; I've tried the regular R. Caruso label suits (Stone Streets in Cambrige carries R. Caruso, which sells for between $1000 and $1300), and I think the Baldessarini ones are better made.

    Would I pay $700 for a Baldessarini suit? If it fit very, very well OTR and I really loved the fabric. To compare, I would pay $700 for a Kiton if I like the fabric and thought it fit reasonably well OTR (so long as I knew alterations would make it fit very, very well).

    It would be ridiculous to set a price ceiling for a particular label. Someone may say, "Don't pay $700, because you can find a Canali for $350 on Ebay." That's bad advice. The $1800 retail on a Baldessarini is high, but it's not outrageous. It's a quality suit well deserving of a $1500 price tag, in my opinion. $700 is still a bargain. You won't be getting ripped off, for sure.
     


  4. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    They are comparable to Canali, Belvest, Ravazzolo, and the like. They feature fully canvased fronts basted lapels and hand picked lapel edges. They are second tier right below RLPL, Canali exclusive, Attolini, Brioni etc.
     


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    arvi Senior member

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    it seems that the boss store on 5th avenue in nyc has dramatically downsized its baldessarini section...i thought that they were perhaps fazing out this higher price-point..wherelse can one still see a wide array of badessarini?
     


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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I prefer Belvest to Baldessarini personally.

    koji
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Ditton that.
     


  8. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Someone mentioned that Baldessarini had left Hugo Boss could this be why are they discontinuing the line?
     


  9. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Baldessarini is still in Hugo Boss line.
     


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    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    I was provided with this information by one of the sales representatives at the Fifth Avenue location. Apparently, the clerk was wrong. Mr. Baldessarini has left the company, but the higher-end tailored clothing and sportsline will continue at least for another season. BOSS has introduced a newer line called Boss Select that is supposed to bridge their lower and high end. I wasn't impressed from what I've seen so far.

    FWIW, I would pay $700 for ANY decent well-made canvas suit that fits a 36R-S.
     


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    demeis Senior member

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    Is there a lot of variation in baldesarrini in sizes? I've noticed that some R of the same size don't have the same measurements and i've measured them two or three times. Anyone else notice or can account for why this is?
     


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