A Fine Italian Suit for Under $450? It Exists.
Until today, if you wanted a wool Italian suit for $450 or under, you could go with Men’s Warehouse (which you probably shouldn’t) or J. Crew (the Ludlow suit is a staple go-to style). Add to that list Combatant Gentlemen, who just announced something called the Summit Collection—Italian suits that have been manufactured through a partnership with Italy-based wool mills Marlane and Tollegno.
Both mills have been around for over 100 years and hone their craft with meticulous attention to quality and detail—these are the kinds of family-run mills that have been passing down wool textile techniques for a century. “There’s always been great product coming out of Italy. But, it doesn’t have to be overpriced,” Vishaal Melwani, CEO of Combatant Gentleman says.
Turns out he’s right. After a few visits with these mills, they banged out a process that let them produce fine quality wool suits that land in the $300 to $450 range. They use slightly higher grade wool than in Combatant Gentleman’s regular line of suits (that start at $160), but still come in the label’s telltale slim (but not restrictive) cuts. There are four suits and three blazers. Both the Marlane and Tollegno 1900 suits are Super 140s wool.
Check out a video they made about the mills’ handmade process to get a deeper sense of what kind of deal this is.
You can order your suit online, all you need are your measurements.