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    Best suit under a grand?

    Brooks Brothers? Suit Supply? Or better to spend a couple more hundred and get a Sid Mashburn?

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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    A $2000-$3000 suit on sale... don’t buy at full price.


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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    you prefer any particular brand in that range?

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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    Quote Originally Posted by SeikoRun31 View Post
    you prefer any particular brand in that range?
    It all depends how you’re built. In that price range it’s hard to go wrong.


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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    Really depends on your build. Most important thing is the fit. I’m 6’2” with a 32 waist and 42 chest, so most things off the rack don’t fit well even with extensive tailoring. If I were in the market for a new suit in the states, I’d probably start at indochino for a made to measure.


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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    I've seen some good results from Suit Supply, but I've also seen some utter trash. I'd only recommend them if you are nearby one of their showrooms and can get fitted in person.

    Brooks Brothers are usually pretty good quality but they have a few different fits (Regent, Fitzgerald, Milano, etc.) which can make it difficult narrowing down what works for you, especially if you don't have a Brooks Brothers store near you. In general, most of their stuff in their 1818 collection is pretty well made and is usually available at some sort of discount.

    For what it's worth, Brooks Brothers suits that are Made in the USA are made by Southwick. Southwick is a 100+ year old manufacturer in Massachusetts that Brooks Brothers actually bought a few years back but Southwick still makes suits for quite a few retailers. You can check the Southwick website to see if they have any retailers near you and you may be able to get a slightly better price (or at least better service) from a local menswear shop for essentially the same suit as you can get at Brooks Brothers.

    A lot of retailers also carry suits from the Canadian company Samuelsohn (they are carried at big places like Saks and Nordstroms and many small local shops as well). They are usually around the top of your $1k budget but I think they offer a better constructed product than Southwick. Samuelsohn's cuts are often a bit more modern than Southwick's though so that's something to keep in mind depending on what you are looking for.

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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    Lots of good advice and comments from posters here.

    My 10c:

    Fit Fit Fit, followed by material and style.

    If you are lucky an off the peg fits perfect. If you are unlucky even an expensive off the peg looks like a garbage.

    Brooks Brothers make nice suits and if you find one of their cuts that fits well they are a great buy. Try for sales and discount days.

    Dont rule out the old bespoke tailors - especially the ones who fit a precut suit to you. Its not quite full bespoke but they normally do an excellent job. Sadly it seems to be a dying business and they are closing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhchr2 View Post
    Really depends on your build. Most important thing is the fit. I’m 6’2” with a 32 waist and 42 chest, so most things off the rack don’t fit well even with extensive tailoring. If I were in the market for a new suit in the states, I’d probably start at indochino for a made to measure.


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    How is your experience with indo chino? I was thinking. Suitsupply or Incodchino and since i’m 5’11 130lbs I’m very slim and find that many off the rack jackets don’t fit my arms well so I was thinkOmg about getting a made to measure from indochino.

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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    Might go to stylefourm.com and look at the threads in the "Classic Menswear" section

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    Re: Best suit under a grand?

    Depending on the time frame of when you need the suit, it is WORTH taking some time and snooping around where you live to try and find a bespoke tailor who can at least semi-make the suit for you. Even if they're prices are out of your range, just seeing the operation, looking at fabric choices, etc., will give you information you can use. Of the department stores I've shopped in I like Nordstrom for customer service, but definitely see if there's a local/family/grandpa came from sicily with nothing but shears and a dream kind of place :)

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