Anwers to 3 questions from an anon female follower in Canada attempting to buy suits for her hubby on Yoox.com
1. Luigi Bianchi Mantova (a.k.a. Lubiam a.k.a. LBM) — makes inexpensive and contemporary suits, mostly fused. They are inexpensively priced to begin with, and thus an even better deal on Yoox.com, just like everything else sold on Yoox.com, which is a great site for buying good brands new (there are other good sites for this purpose, ehaberdasher.com and eBay come to mind also.) The Yoox return policy is so permissive that you can try as many suits as you like and keep only the best. If you guys love the LBM suit, that’s the most important part, don’t be fussy about the fact that it’s fused, that’s to be expected at that price. Wearing a fused suit is not a crime against style — I own a ton of fused garments, which I wear proudly, all of my Boggi suits and jackets for example. I buy them if I like the cut, the fit and the fabric, which are all more important factors than construction when choosing a suit, especially when the price is right. Of course, if I had the choice, all else being equal, then I would buy the canvassed version of the same suit, but the factors are never equal, as canvassed suits are way more expensive than fused suits, as they are more labor intensive to make. Personally I am not a fan of the LBM cut, the jackets tend to be short and the lapels narrow, but that’s just my taste — if you like it, go for it.
2. Brian Dales — never head of them, I cannot give any advice. With so many other great brands out there, don’t rush into anything.
3. Boglioli — great boiled cotton unlined unpadded jackets, model ‘COAT’.
Piombo — better quality and more expensive than Boglioli; I have never tried a suit but I would trust the tailoring of the brand as I own a Piombo DB overcoat which is amazing.
Boggi — great value for money on everything they offer; I could probably be happy just buying all my shirts there if I had one single inexpensive brand to choose from; the jackets are all fused except for a few specific models which are canvassed and sold for alot more money, you can’t mistake them. In the same category as Boggi, I would recommend taking a look at SuitSupply as well.