New plaid and pinstripe suits from Indochino

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It has been a while since the last big collection, hasn't it? Indochino tried their best to keep us happy with cufflinks, ties and shirts, but after it is the suits we are really waiting for. Today we got lucky, 3 new suits (plaid and pinstripe fabrics) got released. It is a special collection, mainly because of the new shoulder style. They are all priced at 479$, which seems quite fair - it doesn't say so specifically, but Indochino has confirmed via Twitter that all 3 suits are 100% wool.




I'm not quite sure if I can spot the difference on the models already, but the new style is, as Indochino put it, "consistent with the fashionable European “slim fit” silhouette for which we are known" (Indochino Facebook). The first feedback I have read about the new shoulder style was quite positive, it seems to have no effect on the measurements either. I'm looking forward to having one of the new suits and see for myself. 

Blue Chip Suit - 479$
Preferred Stock - 479$
Potfolio Plaid Suit - 479$

19 comments:

SB-Peak Lapel said...

Three impressive new suits from Indochino that are reminiscent of styles they've released in the past year.  I like their updated take on these classic styles, but unfortunately there is noinformation on the quality of the fabric for these suits.
 First, the Preferred Stock Suit looks like an update of the Solar Debris Suit.  Both suits are grey with alternating blue and white (cream in the case of the Solar Debris) pinstripes.  The Preferred Stock suit differs in that it has fainter pinstripes, while the Solar Debris seemed to be made from a heaver fabric. 
 
Next, the Portfolio Plaid Suit reminds me of the Diplomat Tweed Suit.  Although not identical, they’re both dark suits with a blue plaid motif.
 
Finally, the Blue Chip Pinstripe suit is somewhat similar to the Chairman Pinstripe Suit.  Both are navy blue pinstriped suits, but the Blue Chip Pinstripe suit seems to have fainter pinstripes. 

All in all its a nice collection.  I look forward to future releases and more updates on previous suit releases.

Lorenz said...

good points! I knew that the suits looked familiar - but I couldn't find out what past collection it was! Btw, fabrics are 100% wool, I updated the article with that info (via Indochino Twitter)

Lorenz said...

good points! I knew that the suits looked familiar - but I couldn't find out what past collection it was! Btw, fabrics are 100% wool, I updated the article with that info (via Indochino Twitter)

SB-Peak Lapel said...

Reassuring to know the suits are 100% wool.  BTW, they also brought back the Deal Closer Brown Three Piece Suit.  Good to see a suit from a past collection back in stock.  I'm sure they only have a very limited number available.

Woolly Llama said...

Until they put out some discounts, I will wait.  Give me 1 shirt free at a minimum, 2 shirt preferable if you want my business at this price point.

Lorenz said...

I am really unsure by now if they will have such coupons again. Seems they settled for minor sales such as the '3 shirts for the price of 2' one.

Woolly Llama said...

That is fine, but you should make it clear to them that many of their former customers are not really sure whether they want to deal with the hassle of the quality/customer service frustrations without some incentive.


Customer service 101 would dictate rewarding potential repeat clients for their business.  Perhaps the margins are higher when you just continuously mooch off of 1st time customers, but I feel that pool is finite...
I'm sorry IC, but I don't want your shitty $2 cufflinks or $10 value ties

Lorenz said...

True, there is still no incentive for repeat customers...are you ordering somewhere else now or do you just buy OTR?

SB-PeakLapel said...

I'm also less than thrilled with IC's other offerings.  I think their cufflinks and ties are priced very high for their quality/selection.  Their shirts look better but I think the price point is still high.

You can get slim fit shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt for $69 and they also offer a better selection of ties and cufflinks at the same price as IC.  

IMO, IC needs to lower their prices for these other items and refocus on their suits as their primary product.

Lorenz said...

Might just be the better strategy, but as far as I know Indochino will even try to enlarge their offering and cover even more aspects of men's clothing. We will see, I guess?

tavskeez said...

hi, just wanted to comment and express my appreciation for your blog. you didnt have to take time to review indochino suits or detail a fit guide, but you did anyway and its helped guys like myself who want that slim fit, european look ( im 5'9" 150lbs), who dont want to pay exorbitant prices, and dont know what source to trust. your blog is concise, and helpful and definitely worth the $50 dollar referral that ill be sending your way when i purchase my first indochino suit next month. 

thanks again.

Lorenz said...

Tav, thank you for the kind words, it means a lot to her this! Hope your suit will fit well!

tavskeez said...

thanks lorenz, i consider myself somewhat fashion forward and do what i can on a limited budget. i've found its all about having well fit clothing. i do a lot of shopping at H&M and Express for men. they're definitely starting to cater to the slimmer man. 

and the attached picture was supposed to be my icon, i messed that up. haha, but ill be sure to submit pictures of the suit once i order. thanks again!

Gabriele Morbidelli said...

I'm not too sure I like the new fit around the seat and thighs of their new trousers, they seem a bit misshapen and sloppy (nearly reminiscent of old man trousers, very relaxed;  take a look at the others older suits in the collection you will see what I'm on about, the older suit trousers draped nicer and are more fitted), perhaps they changed sweat shops and their new tailors cut the suits a bit different.  Regardless, I guess I am not too happy with Indochino anymore ever since they have had large financial backing, their suits went from being exquisitely tailored with great attention to detail to making mediocre suit with one aspect in mind making larger profits with much lower quality control standards.  I think their way of promoting the suits with aspiring comments of being the "talk of the office" and the quip about being a "Power suit"  are a bit too ambitious, I don't think true businessman are going to purchase cheap suits from some company where if the average tourist finds themselves in China can get the same suit for about $40-50 (Maybe less if you looked around a bit) with very little if any tariffs added.  Bearing this in mind I cannot see them justifying a suit from China costing upwards of $500 it's just not a bargain.  I just hope that the boys don't get to money hungry and destroy their customer base; I may receive harsh criticism for my words by but if indochino continuous such practices I don't see the company lasting too far in the foreseeable future.  I used to be a loyal customer (Purchasing nearly all of their collection) however I have lost all confidence in the company; the last few suits I have purchased are the ones culpable.    

Lorenz said...

Gabriele, thanks for your comment! I can sympathize with what you said, I had to return my last suit because the pants were not alterable by a tailor and they had run out of that specific fabric, so no remake was possible (bye bye Gallo suit). Also the jacket came out quite a bit too large...

I believe they do employ their tailors directly and don't just outsource production to sweat shops - so this should actually positively influence their quality control. Also, I am not quite sure where their large financial backing goes too - they don't have coupons anymore, so their profits are surely surging, but the ads didn't seem to get so much more. They hired a lot of people, so I assume their payroll costs went up significantly too... 

As for their marketing - it has always been over the top, hasn't it? I mean, look at the names of the suits! It seems to work though. 

In any case, I agree it would be crucial for them to keep their core customer base and make sure those don't get disappointed! I have another suit ordered now, very curious how it will turn out! I have tweaked measurements quiet a bit based on the last one and hope this won't end in a disaster. 

SB_Peaklapel said...

Sorry to hear that your Giallo suit didn't turn out right.  Oddly enough, the Giallo is back in stock.  

I'm curious, why did you tweak your measurements on the new suit?  If those measurements worked out well for you on past suits then presumably the problem with your Giallo suit was Indochino's quality control, no?  

Lorenz said...

It is back? Interesting...
I tweaked the measurements, because the Giallo didn't work out, even if the previous suits with the same measurements did. So I could not know if the next suit would be fine again. That is the real problem, even if you found the perfect measurements, it is just not sure that the following suit would be good too.

SB_Peaklapel said...

That is a serious weakness on Indochino's part and it goes against their whole premise that you only have to measure yourself accurately once (assuming of course that your weight doesn't change).

Hopefully Indo will use some of the $4 million in venture capital to improve their quality control.  

On another note, are Indochino suits canvassed?  I was under the impression that they were, but they don't advertise them as such, which seems to be a mistake on their part.

BTW, your blog is a great resource for anyone interested in Indochino.   Thanks for all the effort you put into it.

Lorenz said...

Thanks, glad you enjoy reading it! Indochino has a special suit construction, a combination of fusing and canvassing, but not exactly half-canvas by definition...they mentioned it on a tweet a while ago.

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