Friday, August 22, 2014

All things considered: Tommy Hilfiger's made in Italy blazer

A couple of days ago many #menswear voices were fawning over a new blazer from Tommy Hilfiger that is made in Italy.

The best part, many of these voices claimed, was its price: Under $400 — $395 to be precise (available here).

PHOTO courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger.

It is understandable why many are excited over this offering. The attention to details — three-roll-two lapel, patch pockets, soft shoulders, surgeon's cuffs, hook vent — is impressive, the cloth comes an Italian mill with a lot of provenance, the blazer isn't made in some oriental sweatshop and the price is better than J. Crew.

Quality is unknown, which is a really big deal. Just because it's made in Italy (or made in America for that matter) doesn't make it the best.

Three hundred and ninety-five dollars may be affordable, but that is still a lot of money, especially when one could commission a made-to-measure or made-to-order blazer that will fit way better for not much more money.

Speaking of fit, this blazer is only available in limited sizes. This means it won't fit most discerning gentlemen, unless a lot of money is spent on alterations at a competent tailor.

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