As some of you long time readers may know, I have had a bit of a checkered past with Indochino. I had mixed results with the first two suits I ordered from them. Although the second better than the first, it was still not up to par, not to mention, many people I had sent to Indochino had less than favorable experiences. However, through all of that the company and I kept in touch and I gave them what feedback I could in an effort to help them better their practices. In fact, at one point Indochino’s CEO Kyle Vucko and I had a call to talk about things. Which I was quite impressed by, it showed me that the company was and still is quite committed to improving itself.
After the call with Kyle we thought it would be wise to do another review and see how things have changed. On the suit front, Indochino has adjusted its patterns which will hopefully resolve issues with shoulder and sleeve fit. They have also added the ‘wide peak’ lapel option, which I am a huge fan of. On the fabric front, Indochino has changed the way it selects and develops fabrics for its collections, which in my opinion has made a difference for the better. On the visual front, Indochino has changed its process for developing the lookbooks and images for its website. Which has made a huge difference over the past few seasons. Truth be told, this is all great on paper, but it means nothing if the suits don’t fit better. If you are too impatient to read the rest the answer is yes, the suits fit better. But I urge you to read on.
For this suit I used my own measurements. That is, I did not go to a traveling tailor, but used the measurements I use for pretty much every other custom suit. However, if you do not have your own measurements, Indochino has some great videos you can watch to take the measurements yourself or have someone take them for you. I also went through the rest of the ordering and customization process as is normal. The process went smoothly and the layout of the customization process is streamlined and easy to use.
I opted for the3 piece Summer Indigo Birdseye suit with the following options.
Jacket: wide peak lapels, 2 button, slanted flapped pockets, side vents, non functioning sleeve buttons, blue bemberg lining, functional boutonniere, pen pocket.
Vest: 5 button, lining back, normal opening with collar.
Trousers: no pleats, no cuffs, no belt loops, suspender buttons, side tabs.
In summary, I was happy with the fit of the suit out of the box. Indochino did a good job of interpreting my measurements. After alterations the suit looked even better, to the point that I would say I am very happy with the fit. There are a few things I would change like the gorge and buttoning heights but for what Indochino does, I think this worked out very well.
We have talked about the fit, let’s not talk about the construction and details.
Although I may sound harsh in some of my critique of the construction of the suit I still think the construction is pretty good. Certainly fair for the price point and an improvement from the last time I reviewed Indochino. You may not be able to tell from the photos but the shoulders have a very light pad in them and the chest piece is very soft.
In the past I have been hesitant to recommend Indochino, and at some times I would not recommend them at all. However, that was then and this is now. Now, I feel that I can confidently recommend Indochino. The increase in quality of construction and fabric certainly has something to do with this. But most importantly, the quality of fit has improved. Some of this is likely due to my own measurements being better than the traveling tailor’s and the other part due to efforts on Indochino’s part. I really applaud Indochino (and Kyle) for their efforts. I am interested to see where Indochino will take things and what they will do next to improve their suits. They are the largest online custom suit company in the world, at least as far as I know; so in some respects they have the ability to do as they please. Selfishly, I hope they begin offering more custom options like specific lapel widths, buttoning points and vest formations. But we shall see. If you have any questions, comment or thoughts of your own, please feel free to sound off in the comments.
Note: FYGblog did receive the suit being reviewed for the purpose of review. As always, the utmost effort was taken to maintain an unbiased stance on the brand and product at hand.