[outdated article] 2011 Summer suits are here! The Indochino Linen Collection

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Indochino Linen Suits released - get ready for the summer

Finally summer (or spring) is here and Indochino celebrates it with a release of new Linen Suits. The timing is pretty good, as it actually seems they settled on a 3-week delivery time now. If you order today you receive your suit by May 10. I believe many of us had been waiting for light summer suits for a while now (me too, especially as I had missed out on their last Linen Collection a year ago) and I have to say that today's collection looks very promising.

In the first round we got 5 new Linen suits (actually mostly nice a linen/cotton mix to reduce wrinkles). I assume some new shirts or perhaps also ties and accessories will follow in the next few weeks. The prices this time are very fair with 349$ for the 2-piece suits and 419$ for the 3-piece Ultimate Khaki Suit. Competition over - thanks for participating - congrats to Nick Fabiani, the winner! I actually have one more Groupon coupon (value 150$) to give away - I'll give it to someone who commens here on this post until Friday, 22nd. Brings down the price for a suit to 299$ 199$ (thanks JC :D), which is not so bad in times of no other working coupons I guess! Please be aware that in case you need alterations, the tailor credit will be credited back to your coupon, not to your credit card account.

Classic Camel Linen Suit - 349$

As usual I have my personal favourites - this time it is probably the Classic Camel Linen Suit pictured above. It's just really a classic linen suit and I happen to miss one of those in my wardrobe. Well, I actually do have one, but I bought it far too big and I hate wearing it.

I'm actually considering asking for a half-lined suit this time, for the really hot days. I believe Indochino does this on demand. Shoulder style will still be the padded version, I'm just not very convinced about the look of the natural shoulders.


Update: I received my Camel Linen suit by now and you can check the review here:

http://www.indochino-review.com/2011/05/indochino-review-classic-camel-linen.html

The other suits available seem pretty cool as well - I can imagine the 3-piece Ultimate Khaki Suit very well for a summer wedding and the Navy Blue Linen Suit looks promising too- also good to have a summer suit that is not necessarily a light color. Of course I can always only speak from my perspective, but the Grey Linen Suit pictured below is perhaps the one I could least imagine wearing.


Indochino Grey Linen Suit - 349$

Indochino Navy Blue Linen Suit - 349$

Summer Sensation White Linen Suit - 349$

Ultimate Khaki Linen Suit - 419$

Overall, I believe this is the right collection at the right time. If you need a summer suit and Indochino works for you (or you are curious to try), then you will probably find something you like. Or is there something missing in your opinion? Don't forget to comment (a useful comment, no flatteries!) for a chance to win a Groupon coupon worth 150$!

105 comments:

Lou said...

First. I've been waiting on these as I'm getting married in VA this summer (July, no less). The navy could do double duty at law school on-campus interviews in August.

Sure could use that Groupon...

Patrick Burt said...

My mind = blown. These are gorgeous, although I'd likely opt for the Navy suit. Lord knows what kind of dirtiness I'd get on a light suit. The second I'd sit down on public transportation, there'd be a glob of phlegm on my back, and a piece gum on my ass.

"Brings down the price for a suit to 299$" Also, the price can be brought down to $199, not $299. ;)

JC said...

I really like the looks of these suits, but I think they should've had these available a month ago. Since Indochino doesn't make long-term hints about what's on the slate, we didn't know whether we were getting linen, cotton or seersucker for summer.

I just took delivery of my first suit from Studiosuits.com - an outfit that makes their suits in Mumbai. While the options and details aren't as good as Inodchino, the price is much more attractive -- roughly half of what Indochino charges. Their website isn't as slick as Indochino's, either but functional.

I live in Atlanta where the summers can be an oppressive combination of heat and humidity. As for Indochino's current collection, I agree that the navy suit may be the most functional, but I'm thinking about tapping my inner Mark Twain and trying the white one. Now, where can I find a bolo tie?

Lorenz said...

You have mentioned studiosuits.com before - the price is really incredible. How is the fit and the fabric? The white Indochino one is surely tempting, but I think it maybe fits best for tanned or darker guys, right? I'm too blond/pale for that - hope I can pull off the camel linen look!

Lorenz said...

thanks, 199$ it is! don't know how I ended up typing 299$.
Agree on what you said about the light suits... certainly something that will go to the dry cleaners fairly often...

Ryantjohnson said...

YES! I've been waiting for these. Being a southern gentlemen, I'm required to own a linen and a seersucker suit. Also I'm moving to Sacramento this summer and that place is pretty hot during the summer, but my job as a scientist working with autistic kids requires dress attire.

Yes, I am playing the sympathy card. I hope it works.

Peter Garbacz said...

Hmmm,. I really need to consider these. I like the look of the camel, and the idea of the navy. I don't really see myself wearing the white or the grey...

I also really like the price point! It's much better than their $500 suits recently, though I understand that it's probably because of the type of material. $350 is much more reasonable (for their target market) than $500-$550, if you ask me.

Also, it looks like the shipping times have come back down a bit. It currently says that I'd receive my order by May 10, so that's around 3 weeks now. Looks like their backorders are done!

Ryantjohnson said...

I just noticed the navy suit! That's fantastic! I'm not sure I'd be able to pull off a white/off white suit at work and since I already own khaki and gray suits (both from Indochino), the navy one is definitely the most useful option in my situation.

Ryantjohnson said...

Finally, anyone else guessing that the fabric in the background of the face page is the silk they bought to make those silk shirts that no one seemed to like? I guess it's probably also used for lining suits but I like to imagine Indochino looking for creative uses of surplus fabric.

Jacob B said...

Like you, I dig the camel linen suit, but there's something super cool about the white one, however impractical it might be in practice. I'm reminded of Werner Herzog's description of an argument he had with Klaus Kinski on the set of Fitzcaraldo. Supposedly the wardrobe people were trying to sell Kinski on a beautiful blue suit in a tropical wool or somethingalong those lines, very much against Herzog's wishes. Herzog pulled Kinski aside and explained that nothing could be more iconic than the image of a man in a single bone white linen suit, its fabric slowly degrading as the jungle encroaches. Absolutely convinced, Kinski would thereafter become violent with the wardrobe crew whenever any of them recommended a costume change. I'm no Klaus Kinski (or Fitzcaraldo, for that matter), and I would probably be horrified about the possibility of dirtying one of these suits, but a few of the pieces in this collection really revive the mythopoeic romance of this collection for me.

On a more practical note, what do you make of the heavy wrinkling that shows on the pants in most of the images from the collection? Do you think they're just trying to dramatize the fact that this linen is, in fact, linen, or should we read this as a sign of an especially unruly fabric?

Further, I'm a little torn on the contrast stitching on the buttonholes. It looks kind of cool to me, but I wonder whether it might be distracting in practice. Do you know if this is an option that can be deselected?

Nick Fabiani said...

Definitely will be buying the camel one - it's just too great (And I regret so much not buying the Havana one last summer).

Steve said...

I missed out on the havana also...can't wait to try out one of these. I bought my charcoal suit prior to the "advanced options" tab, and the shoulder is not overly contoured in my opinion, so I am now kinda vaccilating between natural shoulder and "free" shoulder. Any thoughts?

RyanZ said...

I'm feelin' the ultimate khaki linen.

derkopp said...

Very nice, indeed! My tweed suit starts becoming too warm already.
But is a linen suit adequate for business, e.g. meeting with clients? What do you think? Of course, I wouldn't wear the white one at work, but what about the grey or ultimate one?

Ryantjohnson said...

I actually think both the gray and navy suits are nice ideas: a linen suit in disguise as something more formal. I'm not in the business world but I would feel comfortable in either at important meetings as long as a nice crisp shirt and simple tie were backing them up.

Nycbliu said...

Awesome collection! I'm especially a fan of the choice to go with 55/45 Linen/Cotton mix to reduce wrinkles that occures naturally in linen. I'm especially taken with Classic Camel and Navy Linen; I can only sport the White or Gray if I'm going on vacation in Greece or Barbados. Camel and Navy are much more at home in London/NY.

Come on... TAX RETURN!

Cedric said...

I could totally rock the Don Johnson look.

James M said...

These are incredible! Thanks so much for sharing! I really like the grey one. I just got the classic navy one from Indochino, the turn around was more like 2 weeks and a day. It came out perfectly, would love to add another!

Ag2011 said...

Those are some good looking suits! Might have to make my first purchse from indochino.

Anthony said...

I have an outdoor wedding to go to in July and that Ultimate is very tempting. It shows off the essence of summer while maintaining the elegance associated with a 3 piece. Very good showing this year I believe.

Bobby said...

Something about that navy linen calls to me, impractical as it may be.

Eric Szeto said...

That camel linen suit looks like it could be great for summer. Time to get my 1st summer suit?

Mark C said...

I made the mistake in my youth (a few years ago - right out of college) of buying a linen suit from a department store. I didn't know any better. Bad service, oversized pleated pants and too much to tailor well. I'm in definite need of another.

Bbohning said...

I'll likely be getting the navy linen suit. I have a camel/khaki cotton/linen blend that BR produced a few years back that still fits me and has stood the test of time. But navy, to me is not impractical as some have suggested. It's a great suit to wear to summer weddings that take place in the later evening, and it's the perfect jacket to wear with jeans and a colorful button down for less formal social occasions. I'm getting married in August, and it may even make an appearance for the rehearsal dinner!

Woolly Llama said...

Not too bad for the casual environment, but I wouldn't be rocking any linen to the office. WHEN are we going to get some coupons?

ryanpmack said...

I'm swooning for that navy blue linen one.

Jason said...

The ultimate khaki is slick - especially with the added vest!

Alex said...

Some of you guys have mentioned that you are considering this linen collection for your wedding. You really should look into Indochino's wedding packages. Free custom shirt. 10% off. Might be just enough of a deal to make your decision for you.

dalecarter77 said...

I really like the Ultimate khaki. I do feel like a 3 piece is a bit too formal for a summer suit. But hey, why not? Well done on this new collection Indochino, well done.

Kirkaholic said...

That three piece looks great. I have a linen suit in the back of the closet too. Tends too be a little see through at certain angles so the Linen/cotten blend will probably take care of that concern.

Barry said...

Nice, I've been considering getting a linen suit since I'm moving back to a tropical country in a month. My last and only cotton suit busted at the seams in the thighs and are riding up my crotch (I got bigger, not fatter, mind you). All in all, quite painful to the jewels. Has anyone gotten the fabric swaths and can comment about the quality?

JC said...

The fabric, which is a linen/cotton blend is a little stiff, but I think that's probably a good thing if you're looking to limit the wrinkles. The pants were a perfect fit without alterations. The coat was a little on the snug side, and I took it to the tailor for alterations yesterday. I liked the cut, though. The shoulders are a bit more padded than the natural shoulders I prefer in the Indochino suits, but you have to have some padding with this type of fabric.

I got working buttons in the sleeves and a ticket pocket. The ticket pocket is a bit more narrow than on the Indochino suits and is on the right side instead of the left. Both of these details were paid upgrades, as is changing the lining colors. One detail that I thought was a bit odd was the lapel doesn't have a button hole -- instead they've loosely stitched a thread to make it look like a narrow button hole. I'm still deciding whether to leave it there or not.

Delivery time was about a month. Suit came via FedEx. It looks like they ship everything to Jamaica, NY and then overnight it from there. The suit bag was much nicer than Indochino's, made of some sort of cotton/nylon mesh.

I will buy more pants from these guys. I'll need to wear the suit a few times before I decide on whether to order another suit. They have some really funky blazers in various plaids which only cost 60 bucks, so I'll be ordering one of those, too.

The "all-in" cost on this suit, including the $24 delivery charge was $148.99. I ordered on 3/22 and received the suit on 4/15.

John W said...

I'm really digging that 3-piece linen suit

Andrew said...

These look really nice, especially the classic camel one; does anyone have any input on whether it would be business appropriate generally though? I work at a fairly conservative law firm but I feel like I could get away with it, I just have no basis on linen suits.

JC said...

I think it depends on where you are. I'm an attorney in Atlanta. This would be appropriate business attire (as would seersucker) in pretty much any law office in the South. I would not hesitate to appear in court (federal or state) in a linen suit, either.

sajendra said...

The Navy blue is definitely tempting if I could only figure out when to use it...

Ukealii50 said...

It just so happens I'll be getting married this summer. Ultimate Khaki Linen Suit it is!!

AndrewL said...

I wonder if that Navy Blue Linen one will work well in court. Summers in LA are intense..

Greg Garden said...

Great addition to the Indochino collection.

Dom said...

I'm always tempted to buy the blue suits when they come up, no matter the fabric. Also the blue tweed seems to have disappeared...

Jack Whitman said...

I love the grey! It's not a typical linen suit and looks really stylish. They navy looks great too.

Andrew said...

That's good to know, thanks for the reply. I'm in the northeast and probably wouldn't gamble on a seersucker, but I think this would be fine at work or in court as well here.

John said...

That Ultimate Khaki Suit looks amazing!

Andy Mai said...

Definitely going to pick up the navy suit and perhaps either the khaki or camel suit. I really like the lighter colored khaki tone, but there something to be said for a classic camel colored suit. Can anyone chime in in regards to the versatility of either color?

Sicong Zhao said...

I've never been a huge fan of white suits but I do like the ultimate khaki suit. I do wonder how hot the vest and coat would be together in summertime? Otherwise, seems like a great collection.

Nathan Chinnik said...

The Camel looks awesome. The Khaki looks too light in color for me

Lorenz said...

I personally prefer their normal shoulders, but for some guys the natural shoulder style seems to work well too. It was always too risky for me to try and I'm happy with how the shoulders look as they are.

Lorenz said...

Same regret here!

Lorenz said...

I nejoyed reading this :)

The wrinkling is really just due to the fact that it's linen, in my opinion - it's part of the look if you want to wear linen, I believe. About the buttonholes, it should be no problem to have them in the same colour as the suit, you'd have to write them after ordering to clarify that.

Lorenz said...

I like to imagine that too, funny thought - already then I thought those shirts look like they were made from surplus lining material :D

Lorenz said...

That sounds like a pretty good experience! I'm so hesitant to try something else, now that I finally found my perfect Indochino measurements - but that really sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing!

Brandon Valentine said...

These are great. I wish they'd offer some more sartorially adventurous options, or bring back last summer's collection with the Cuban Missile Crisis suit, etc as well.

JPC said...

Thanks! I've been waiting for Indo to get their summer line out for a while now .. summer is almost here and I need some new threads!

Corbin Patten said...

Great suits! I have been trying to find the right suit to buy for a while now and I think these are the ones!

Brendan said...

I'll write a review of my Indochino tuxedo for the coupon! Very excited for these suits!

v m said...

All of these suits are beautiful. I'd probably get the white linen suit.

v m said...

I can see myself wearing the white linen suit

Shane said...

These suits are great. Can't wait to wear my Indochino suit for my wedding in a couple months

Pinstripe said...

These look very nice, all quite classic in style and execution; ie: nothing to over the top should keep sales brisk. The white one is just too 'cool' to ignore, great for anyone living in a sunny place where you can use it more then once/twice. The camel does look good in photos, but I wonder how it will translate in an urban setting, too much concrete might not work with it. The khaki suit however is a great mix of the two.

Agreed that the grey would be my last choice of the ones offered, doesn't feel summer-y.

... now if Indochino only started offering those pocket squares for sale. Ugh!

D Jordy said...

You think I'd be able to break the suit apart & wear the jacket/pants/vest separately? I'd really like to get another suit, and would wear it more if I could.

Race said...

Very nice additions to the Indochino collection.

JC said...

I used my Indochino measurements, and my only "mismeasure" was the chest and belly of the jacket. For $150, you can roll the dice w/o much fear of losing.

Tifka said...

I don't understand the hype about the cotton/ linen mix fabric. I would prefer linen suits to be 100% linen. The wrinkles are a part of wearing linen and, in my opinion, even contribute to the laid back look and comfort of wearing a linen suit. But the suits do look great, although very light color suits are definitely are not practical. I have a White Knight suit from Indochino, and it looks amazing, but after 3-4 times of careful wear, it probably needs some dry cleaning.
Very tempting to order one, but I will wait for a coupon or promotion, their shirts look even better when they are free.

Jjord24 said...

Hey, Is there a way of being notified when 10-20% off coupons become available or do I need to check this site each day? Also, what company offers the 10-20% discount (Indochino or some other 3rd party company)?

Anotherjames said...

So unlike previous releases such as the "Professor Pink", the "Cosmic Ray", and everyone's favorite the, "Taste Maker", Indochino got lazy with naming these new linen/cotton suits (with the exception of the "Summer Sensation", which still sounds more like something offered on a fast food value meal menu and less like something we'd admit by name to our friends that we are wearing). So, I decided to offer the following alternate names in the hopes that Indochino might adopt them, and I encourage any other reader to also please submit their ideas/suggestions.

The Summer Sensation - "The Rum Runner"
The Ultimate Khaki - "The El Presidente"
The Grey Linen - "The Langley via Panama"
The Camel Linen - "The Moscow via Cuba"
The Navy Linen - "The Import Exports"

Yes, there is banana republic theme here. No, not the swankier GAP across the street from the Barnes & Noble, but the tiny latin and island nations that were once a playground for stashing nukes, exNazis, and dirty pre-Zurich money. These suits may not be perfect for the office or the courtroom, and by the time your first set of married friends start divorcing and you've no more weddings to attend, there is only one thing left to do with these suits - liberate and/or suppress our southern neighbors. And we'll look good doing it.

pnoyboy said...

nice suits. they are perfect timing also.

Christian said...

These suits do indeed come just in time. I'll be best man at a wedding in the summer and the groom asked for linen suits :) I actually like the classic camel suit best.Very classy summer look!

Joel_chiasson said...

I bought my first 2 pairs of pants about 2 months ago and was expecting delay in shipping but they came a lot sooner than expected. I was more concerned about the product then the shipping but hats off to the crew at indochino because the pants are perfect!

optimator said...

I want the navy or khaki in a 3 piece. The white looks nice, just can't see myself wearing it

Lorenz said...

you can sign up for my RSS feed or for email notifications. As coupons are so rare right now I'll write a short article if a coupon becomes active and you'll get a notification in your RSS reader or your email account.

Lorenz said...

I've been wondering about that too. It sounds good in theory, but I guess you always have to try it before to see if it works...

Lorenz said...

I know that was a rethorical question, but I can't imagine them not doing any coupons anymore. So hopefully soon!

JC said...

If you want to know why you should shy away from 100% linen, take a look at this: http://www.magnificentbastard.com/features/linen-it-sucks

Dalyn Smith said...

Indochino Navy Blue Linen Suit - 349$ ........... Yes please.

WillDyer said...

I need a new suit since I just got a new job! These linen suits would be perfect for this upcoming heat! Not to mention $150 groupon off=)

poolboss said...

I have my heart set on the light gray 3pc. Mostly because I've heard great things about it, it looks like it would stand out just enough for my tastes, and I feel like I can sport it year round (with or without the vest).

Afficionado said...

The grey and navy suits look gorgeous for the office, with the cotton blend preventing it from being too wrinkled and frumpy.

jthacker said...

I like where they're going with the new releases...especially that white linen. 3-piece linen suit is an interesting idea, too...good call.

JMac said...

Man, how quickly has Indochino become a big-hitter in men's fashion!? What a great business idea and great product. Can't wait to get a suit for myself in the future. I wait with baited breath...

Jack Whitman said...

I have a light beige linen suit and it looks great broken up. Wear the pants with a light shirt and role up your sleeves and you'll get a lot of compliments as to how cool and casual you look. The jacket looks great as a separate too in the summer.

Jack Whitman said...

I ordered the grey linen. I'm excited.

Lap Nguyen said...

These linen suits would look great with a dark colored printed silk tie or a silk linen blended tie. Light colored (I have blue in mind) would pull the whole look together!

Mauricio Estevez said...

I ordered one of the wooll suits before and love it. Will soon order another one.

coi br said...

Those linen suits look great.

Jonathan Jarrous said...

Ladies & Gents,

I am curious to try Indochino and have been reviewing the company in the recent past. I am a young professional who has always in the past purchased suits off the rack and had them tailored to my fit. I recently got engaged and we are planning for a summer wedding and this is when I came across Indochino's website in my search for a khaki linen suit preferably a 3 piece.

I recognized the Indochino name and brand from a GQ magazine in the past and came about the company when I Googled the keywords "custom made suits". Talk about perfect timing... as fate would have it, Indochino recently released their summer line of khaki linen suits and my attention was caught like King Crab from the Alaska coast line.

I have since then joined them on Twitter (where they gave me a free tailor measuring tape), researched the company and read superb reviews about their business ethics, clothing line, and sense of men's clothing style. Their website has been easy to navigate and I walked myself through the whole process to find that it was indeed complete to specific tailoring requirements only you can do the measurements yourself and submit them online.

As a young professional who specializes in marketing, I admit I am quite impressed with the company and the way they market themselves, and how they have modernized a age old practice such as custom tailoring in today's fast paced environment.

The last thing I have yet to do is purchase my first custom garment through Indochino. I still have my concerns but the more I research and the more I read from other people's experience, the more I am becoming more open to the idea of ordering a custom tailored suit online.

If indeed I do move forward with my first Indochino purchase, I will be sure to share my experience with all who are willing to know.

Cheers!

Jonathan J.

Lorenz said...

Hi Jonathan, thanks for commenting! Looking forward to reading your review, will of course also host it here if you want :)

Lorenz said...

always happy about some pics if you find the time!

Lorenz said...

yeah, seems they settled on a 3 week delivery time now - quite ok in my book!

Lorenz said...

Awesome names, I wouldn't be surprised to find them on their website for a collection soon ;)

Lorenz said...

thanks for that link! I am pretty happy with that linen/cotton mix they have this time - as long as it's no poly blend it's all good ;)

Lorenz said...

they have been a bit slow on introducing new accessories anyway - but I do believe there are some more things to come soon...

Lorenz said...

perhaps I'll do a review competition again soon - but for this time your comment is enough to participate!

Lorenz said...

it's an extra layer, so I'm personally not very convinced... but I have my troubles with heat anyway!

Lorenz said...

My personal preference is the camel, also because I believe it to be more versatile compared to the really light ones - but that is really just a feeling I have, I'm also concerned that the very light suits only look good on tanned/dark guys...

Lorenz said...

I'm really tempted. Might just try them as well!

Drew C said...

Great looking summer suits, I am a big fan of the navy linen combo - all the up side of the linen while looking understated.

Dan Patrick Flores said...

I was hoping for another white suit. I had my eye on the Carraway suit, but it was 50% poly, 50% cotton. This linen one looks promising.

Qruisse said...

The suits look great. I almost bought a navy blue Hugo Boss, but now I will be going for the navy blue Indochino instead.

Bryan said...

Navy blue linen suit!

Nycbliu said...

Anyone else notice that the model is wearing black belt and brown shoes?!

Bbohning said...

Ordered the Navy Linen suit on April 26 and received it on May 5th, so from the time I clicked send in the evening Central Time US, it took just 9 days to get to my doorstep. Since it's my first Indochino piece, I will be submitting a review of my own. First reaction though is that I did a great job measuring, and it's imperative to measure down to the last .25 an inch! However, despite doing this everywhere, the pants were about 1-2 inches big in the waist, but I have a tailor who will knock off the added room. Got it monogrammed with a pithy slogan, and a bright red lining. It's a great looking suit.

Lorenz said...

sounds fantastic! will you post the review on your own website? would love to read it and see some pics!

Lorenz said...

too lazy to check now, which one is it? funny mistake

Mike said...

I got my gray linen today and thought I would share since we continue to wait with bated breath for Lorenz remade pants to show up :)
Jacket is flawless and concur with Lorenz that norm (i.e. not reduced) shoulders are the way to go.  IC's padding is very minimal to begin with and it even looks better than previous suits ordered with reduced.  Yes I read the guide Lorenz I guess some lessons are learned the hard way :)  Pants will need a bit (1/4 to 1/2) letting out in the hips and thigh but thats really a material thing not a manufacturing or spec issue.  Its linen/cotton - it just doesnt move like wool.  The un-cuffed pants finish with an extra large hem (maybe +4 inces) and that adds the right weight for the linen to break correctly at my shoes.  I am debating to slim the leg opening by 1/4 or so however because it opens a bit wider than typical IC suits.  You probalby also picked up on this from IC's pictures so I was kinda expecting it.  Anyway, TBD on that.  Otherwise its a ridiculously versatile and all arround killer addition to my spring/summer rotation.  And for 350ish I am still shaking my head. 

Lorenz said...

thanks for sharing Mike! My pants have shown up actually, just had a busy week - review tomorrow!
Would love to see some pics of your suit, great it worked out fine - I agree the price on those linen suits is great! I am also positively surprised how little they wrinkle!

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