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  1. thisfits

    thisfits Senior member

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    Certainly not! :)

    I've had my Benjamin for about a year and half, worn maybe once every other week or so, and it's doing just fine.

    That does remind me of a question I've been meaning to ask, though -- are there any long-time owners of Benjamin suits that can share how the Super 140s fabric holds up over time?

    I've had people ask me about that, since it falls outside of the 120s-130s range that's generally considered a good balance of durability and nice hand. I know there's more complexity around the characteristics of any given fabric than expressed in that general rule of thumb about super numbers, so I figure I'll throw the question out there and see what people have to say.
     


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    In terms of things I'd like to see:

    Sport Coats - Coming
    Half-Canvassed - Coming
    Benjamin Sarotorial Suits in different colours: Pinstripe, Lighter navy - Coming, eventually
    Made to Order Suits in crazy fabrics: Glen plaid, Browns, POW check - possibly coming; long way off.
    Made to Measure Program - ? - (this would be a bitch to set up)
    Grenadine Ties - ? - So far the best price I've found on these is KW's for $75. By the time I add shipping, and possible Canada customs, it's $100+.
    Benjamin Shirts with spread collar, size 16.5/34 - ? - I have a Benjamin shirt that is semi-spread, and it's good, but I prefer more spread. Not crazy cutaway, but more spread.
    More Benjamin ties, particularly conservative ones! - ?

    Garment bag for suits shipped to Canada. :)
     


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    fiddlestyx Active Member

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    I'm in the market for some new suits and recently found the Benjamin line. I'm trying to learn more about them as I only seem to come across positive comments and reviews regarding them. I was wondering if there was a break down or dscription of the different fits/cuts the suits come in or will be coming it. (I noticed the suit selection was a bit bare and read the comments referring to it)

    Thanks!
     


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    Hey SFers, has anyone bought Benjamin trousers and gotten them altered to let some room out in the waist & seat? Perhaps optimistically eyeing some 30 waist pants and want to know how much room for growth I have. Greatly appreciate any information. Cheers! [​IMG]
     


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    I'll 2nd this.
     


  6. eHaberdasher

    eHaberdasher Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Other than the items marked "Coming":

    • We will indeed have new different fabrics other than the solid navy, charcoal and medium grey coming as well.
    • We HOPE to set up a Made to Order program offering a wide variety of fabrics
    • I'm scared of MTM online, so probably won't offer it.
    • I think I saw some Battisti grenadines last time I was in Italy, but they were asking too much. When I go back to Italy later this month (hopefully) I'll see if they still have them.
    • Benjamin shirts... working on it. SAITT moved their factory so that's why everything's been delayed. I was going to go with a different factory but had problems with them too. It's tough being a small guy.
    • Will work on Benjamin ties - I kind of haven't really focused on that at all... also I was hoping to source more silk from Zegna but was never able to get more.
     


  7. eHaberdasher

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    Yes, selection is extremely bare at this point. Sorry about this. We hope to be fully restocked in September with some new fabrics as well!

    OK so here's the suit model breakdown, but more of an evolution. All are the same details including fully canvassed, same construction, high arm holes, etc.

    Maestro: This was the first model which for the most part was meant to be similar to Canali, but with a higher button stance (similar to the now obsolete Isaia "Scott" model). High armholes, European but not slim fit.

    Lucente: Slimmer model also with a higher button stance, longer skirt of the jacket, slimmer fit overall including slimmer trousers.

    Granoro: Like Lucente but lower button stance (classic positioning), shorter skirt of jacket, same slim fitting trousers.

    Classico: Like Granoro except slightly more forgiving trousers in waist/seat/hips. Also slightly modified and tightened up the jacket collar.

    Due to come in September: Classico II model which is basically the Classico again, but we adjusted the jacket collar a little bit more. Also we will be offering just a few Napoli model suits to a select few. We hope to offer Napoli soft shoulder jackets later in September/October.

    Hope this helps!
     


  8. azumi

    azumi Senior member

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    I want to buy some beautiful things on the UK store and could you please tell me how much do you charge for the shipping cost to the US?

    Thank you very much.
     


  9. eHaberdasher

    eHaberdasher Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Shipping is based on weight and calculated at checkout. It's very expensive to ship to the US from the UK, but note that you won't have to pay VAT which is deducted at checkout (about 18% less than the price you see on the site).
     


  10. eHaberdasher

    eHaberdasher Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Sorry somehow I missed this post before... Yes there is about 1.5" to let out the waist in the Benjamin trosuers. One thing of note the Verdi model is quite a full cut, whereas the Lucente and Classico models are slimmer (Lucente being the slimmest of all). Hope that helps!
     


  11. azumi

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    I've bought a sportcoat from the UK site and really zealously expecting its arrival.
     


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    That's very helpful, thank you for the reply. Eagerly awaiting the restocking of your suits! There's a 38R Lucente Med Grey or Charcoal in my future.
     


  13. eHaberdasher

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    Great - please let us know how it works out!
     


  14. eHaberdasher

    eHaberdasher Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Please note the Maestro and Lucente are discontinued. Moving forward it will only be the Classico and the Napoli for the time being. We will be restocked in September, but may have an extremely limited supply of Napoli suits coming sooner.
     


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    Sorry for the confusion, but I don't see the Napoli-line detailed in your previous post #1612; can you please give a quick comparison between it and the Classico?

    I am also in the market for a new suit, ready to purchase now, but willing to wait for quality. There is a suit supply here in DC, but from what I gather I wont be saving much money (seems they go for around $450), and will be sacrificing quality. I would certainly be interested in the half-canvass line. I wear a suit everyday to work and beat them up quite a bit in the daily commute. My lack of inventory right now makes a $300-$350 suit of good quality attractive.
     


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