Feb
28
2011
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 
Ludlow Cotton Suit
  • Italian fabric
  • Silk-lined, half canvased jacket
  • Optional vest for 3-piece suit

Jacket, $248; pants, $118 at J.Crew

Quality Suits

(on a Budget)

Used to be, when it came to suits, you could have it affordable or you could have it quality—never both. But times, as they say, are changing. Both J.Crew and Rugby have just unveiled suiting that offers regular guys luxurious, well-tailored jackets and pants that won't leave you short on the rent. What's their secret? They've hired some industry vets, who are well-connected within the manufacturing game in Italy and have been crafting high-end suiting for for decades, to bring that know-how to a larger audience.

Newbury Wool Suit
  • Made in Italy
  • Fully canvased, 3/2 roll jacket
  • Tab-front trousers with cuffs

Jacket, $598; pants, $248 at Rugby

 

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