Leading the charge on the online made to measure industry is Indochino, in terms of size and money raised. Indochino is also leading the movement into brick and mortar from online. That movement started with their traveling tailor series, which has since evolved into full time showrooms. One of which is in Philadelphia, we will have more on that in a future post. But here at The Fine Young Gentleman we have always been more concerned about the product rather than the marketing or business model. Which is why we are doing another review of Indochino’s suits.
Since the last review Indochino has worked on offering more seasonal fabrics as well as adding a few more options, such as quarter lined jackets. But there are still some areas to improve upon. Most fortunately, however, I think they have improved their fit model.
The suit at hand I actually received early last spring and it served me very well through the spring and summer. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my life together to get up the post in time for the warm season. The fabric is a linen pinstripe, which is a pretty great dichotomy, putting a formal pattern on an informal fabric. It makes the suit really fun to dress up and down; I gravitated toward the latter more, as you will see in the photos in the post. It should be noted that over the past few seasons Indochino has done a good job of working more seasonal fabrics into its collections.
For reference, the details for the suit as are follows.
The details for the jacket are: wide peak lapel, single button, flapped hacking pockets, unlined.
The details for the pants are: no pleats, no cuffs, no belt loops, side tabs, suspender buttons.
As you can see from the photos in this post the fit of the suit is pretty good. With each Indochino suit I have received, the fit has gotten better (for clarification, I provided the measurements for this suit, Indochino did not take them). The alterations I had made to the suit were to taper the legs a little and bring in the chest and stomach a little. Let’s get into the minutae of the suit.
As per usual, I have my critiques. There are a few things that Indochino should’ve fixed by now, such as the suspender button placement (which is off) and the side tab affixing. But it has been improving its fit model, which is more important (additionally, judging by the feedback I have gotten from people I’ve sent to Indochino the fit model has gotten better, but there is still room for improvement). The fit of the suit is still quite good. Enough that it was my most worn suit of the summer (this was helped by the fact that it looks great with a pair of Jay Butlers). But where Indochino really provides an added value for many guys is in its showrooms. Which for some, the ability to go in and get fitted in person is a deal breaker. Admittedly, this doesn’t help every guy (showrooms are in San Fran, LA, NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Vancouver and Toronto), but they do cover many of the major metropolitan areas in the US and Canada. Especially if you are a guy living in any of those areas, I would recommend stopping by the Indochino showroom before settling on where you have your suit made. If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts of your own on Indochino; please sound off in the comments.–JLJ
Note: FYGblog received the suit at hand in exchange for writing this review. As always, the utmost effort was taken to present the item in an unbiased and objective way.