Indochino Quality Survey 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Update: Survey now closed, results here: Indochino Quality Survey 2013 - The Results

About a year ago I did the first independent Indochino Quality Check by asking users about their Indochino purchase. 100 customers (the limit for free surveymonkey accounts) took the chance to participate, the article is still frequently read today.

Today I want to take the chance and do another, improved survey, covering a few more additional aspects. It is not going to be a representative survey, because the sample of 100 is definitely too small, but it will be enough to give a couple of interesting insights. I decided to keep it simple, with mostly Yes/No type of questions and it should just take a couple of minutes of your time.

Indochino Review: An Indochino Summer Outfit

Friday, May 17, 2013

Indochino Linen Suit Review
A while ago I ordered a few items from the Indochino Spring Collection 2013 for another Indochino suit review. In my opinion, the better Summer Collection, as it featured beautiful Linen & Wool Suits (still available, see the lineup, from $429) perfect for the summer month.

Update: The blazer from the review is now available on sale (limited quantities).

The Spring Collection had also introduced a great new option that somehow didn't get enough coverage: half-lining for blazers. Furthermore, shirts can now be further customised with a couple of new options. Overall, quite a few new things to test and review. 

I was undecided between two general options for a while:
Option 1) light pants, dark blazer
Option 2) dark pants, light blazer

I went for Option 2) this time and purchased the following items:
  • $329 The Ultimate Sand Linen & Wool Blazer | Buy Here 
  • $99 La Boca Navy Chinos | Buy Here
  • $99 The Supima Blue Oxford Shirt | Buy Here
  • $39 The Ultimate Navy Linen Tie | Buy Here
  • $39 The Ultimate Red Silk Lapel Pin | Buy Here 
Indochino Linen Suit Review
Indochino Contrast Cuff - Available on all Indochino Shirts ($79 - $169)
By now, Indochino offers a lot of customisation options, both for shirts and suits and it's sometimes hard not to lose track. Personally, I have a set of options I choose every time. One new option allows you to choose a different fabric for inside the cuffs and the collar of the shirt. The collar option is (much like the contrast collar felt on the suits) nice to have, but you can't do much with it. The cuff option is more interesting, especially if you use it together with working cuffs on your summer suit. 

Indochino offers some different fabric choices, from simple solid colours to different ginghams. I went for the blue gingham on my shirt. The fit on the shirt is perfect, as usual. One small detail: on my last shirt, the last button was sewn horizontally - this time it's an ordinary button again. As Indochino says on their shirt landing page, "it's the last button that counts", but it's a minor complaint. 

Indochino Linen Suit Review

Half Lined Jacket

Indochino Linen Suit Review
An Indochino half-lined jacket - the perfect solution for the summer
Check all Indochino Blazers right here - from $299

Indochino Linen Suit ReviewUnlike a fully lined jacket, half-lined jackets have most of the back area unlined - there is just the suit fabric left, in this case, a linen/wool mix. This makes the jacket much more breathable and suitable for use in hotter climates. It's also more work for the tailors, so thank you Indochino for offering this option for free.

At the moment, you can only select it for blazers, but Indochino is planning on introducing the option for suit jackets as well if their experience with the new option is positive. I can say it works well.

I'm pretty happy with the fit on the jacket overall. I decreased the length by 0.5" as I see the blazer as a more informal piece.

To observe the effects on the much-discussed button stance, I also went with a one button suit.  Compared to my last Indochino 2-button suit with standard button stance, the button on my new blazer is around 2" lower.

This would be my preferred option for a 2-button suit and looking at the proportions, I don't see why this wouldn't work with a second button below. Actually, for a one button suit the stance should be even a bit lower in my opinion. Let's see if Indochino will come up with a solution sooner or later.

Options chosen:
  • Two vents - looks just my flattering, at least in my case
  • Peak Lapels - gives the Blazer a little kick
  • Lining - it's a rather informal blazer, so I chose a more colourful one
  • Patch Pockets
  • Working Buttonholes
  • Contrast Buttonholes
  • Half-Lining
Indochino Linen Suit Review
The Indochino Flower Pin: for the special occasions. Buy here for $29
Also: use the fabric inside the chest pocket as a pocket square!

The Tie

Indochino Linen Suit Review
The Indochino Blue Linen Tie - A Summer Essential ($39)
Discover more Indochino Ties - from $39

The La Boca Navy Chinos

I had bought some navy blue slim fit chinos from GAP a while ago and thought they fit well. My Indochino suit pants have a considerably higher rise are not as slim fitting, but for the Boca Chinos, I wanted something more fitted. I measured the GAP pants and compared the result to my Indochino measurement profile. I adjusted a few measurements - mainly the rise - accordingly and was hoping for the best.

The pants came out very tight, and I busted the button on the first try. Admittedly, I caused this myself by tinkering with the measurements, but it also shows how difficult it is to change your measurement from formal to informal wear. Also, I somehow need to get back to my dress pants measurements for later purchases. I'll feature them in a review then, once the fit is excellent.

Perhaps Indochino could introduce a second set of measurements for casual pants.

Other than the fit issues, the Chinos are cool. The fabric is beautiful and soft, and the colour is a very nice dark navy blue. Nothing to complain about other than the fit issue and I caused that myself. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase. I needed a versatile, light half-lined blazer and together with the blue linen tie and the shirt it works well.

Indochino Linen Suit Review

Indochino Sand Linen Blazer & Navy Blue Boca Chinos Reviewed by Lorenz Loidl. Rated: 9/ 10 (Excellent) A great half-lined blazer, perfect for the summer months. 

Friday Happy Hour: Burgundy Linen Suit 20% off

For the second week in a row, Indochino is discounting an interesting suit for their Friday Happy Hour. This time, it's the Burgundy Linen & Wool Suit. In general, don't expect to get the obvious big-sellers discounted, but if you had your eyes on something special like this unusual burgundy suit, you may get lucky.

Fabric Composition: 52% Wool, 48% Linen
Fabric Weight (g/m): 265

Use coupon code HHDEALMAY16 at checkout with the item in the cart to get the discount. There are also a couple of other items listed at the Happy Hour page, but that may be a glitch in the system. 

The suit is now discounted from $429 to $339, a discount of $90 or more than 20%. The deal is valid online only until May 20th. See you next week at hopefully another Happy Hour. 

Indochino Deal Alert: Get 20% off the Olive Wool & Cotton Suit

Friday, May 10, 2013

After a long time without proper deals and coupons, Indochino is now back with one of their Friday Happy Hour Sales. These sales are often used to give a little boost to items from prior collections. This time, it is the Ultimate Olive Wool & Cotton Suit, a transitional suit with the following specifics:

Fabric Composition: 65% Wool, 35% Cotton, 1/1 Weave
Fabric Weight: 200 g/m

Use coupon code HHDEALMAY10 at checkout with the item in the cart to get the discount. There are also a couple of other items listed at the Happy Hour page, but that may be a glitch in the system. 

The suit is now discounted from $429 to $339, a discount of $90 or more than 20%. Here is hope for more happy our deals in the future, I will definitely keep you updated. The deal is valid until May 12th. 

Indochino Premium Suit Sweepstakes & Philly Traveling Tailor

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Win a premium Indochino suit at the Indochino Sweepstakes

Indochino Traveling Tailor Philadelphia
Not missing a bit, the Indochino Traveling Tailor is rolling into the next town, this time visiting Philadelphia from May 10 to May 27. If you book an appointment in advance, you get a free shirt and a free gift set (if you end up buying a suit). You can book your appointment right here

As usual, you have the benefit of being measured by a dedicated specialist and see and fell all the fabrics and options in person.

For some reviews on the Traveling Tailor, check these posts:
Ryan Burwinkel's experience Part 1 & Part 2 
Report from Derrick Nguyen

Indochino celebrating 100.000 Facebook fans
Indochino celebrated their 100.000th Facebook fan the other day and decided to do one of their popular sweepstakes as a thank you to their customers. As long as your are on Facebook, you can easily participate by starting at their Facebook status message (like & share) and then following the instructions. You can win a premium 2-piece suit worth $599. The sweepstake ends on May 10th, 2013.

Upcoming Indochino Review
I should receive my order from the 2013 Spring Collection soon and while the collection is of course not the most recent anymore, I had ordered a couple of items that will still be interesting for everyone to see. Amongst others, I have chosen a half-lined blazer and finally ordered a pair of their Boca Chinos.