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Black Lapel Review: The Fresco Edition

black lapel suit with jay butler brown leather tote bag

For years I have begged and pleaded with many, if not all of the custom suit brands you have read about here on The Fine Young Gentleman, to offer their suits in a fresco fabric.  In the past I have waxed poetic on the virtues of fresco so I won’t bore you with that again.  As that is not the most important matter at hand.  What is important is that my calls have been heeded.  And Black Lapel has answered with action.

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Transitioning To Linen: A Black Lapel Photo Essay and Review

Hey Gents,

As we approach summer, now is a great time to start contemplating the transition of your wardrobe from heavier to lighter fabrics.

Vice versa for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, of course (bummer, but you’ve had your fun).

BL Linen Suit

The items I personally look forward to rotating the most are my suits and sport coats. Out with the tweeds and heavy wools, in with the summer-weight stuff, the lightweight cottons, and the linens.

My friends at Black Lapel gave me a chance to check out some of their new suiting, and suddenly, I have a new summer favorite.

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Men’s Style Pro Review of the Grey Pinstripe Custom Suit

Suit/Brand Review: Black Lapel Grey Pinstripe Custom Suit

In the ever-expanding work of custom men’s suit, I present to you  Black Lapel and the Sullivan Gray Stripe Pinstripe Suit. Based in New York City & Shanghai, Black Lapel jumped on the custom menswear scene in February 2012 with the notion of creating luxury pieces at pretty reasonable prices. A while back, I had the opportunity to meet with Thierry Augustin, who styled the Spring 2014 campaign, when he was visiting Philly and he really got me interested in checking out the brand and the spring/summer 2014 line. Below are my thoughts of the brand and their product.

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The Black Lapel Suit Review, 2.0

Black Lapel custom suit review

It has been a year and a half since I first reviewed Black Lapel.  Which in terms of the online made to measure suiting industry, which is still in its infancy, is a very long time.  There has been a steady influx of new players and the steady growth of old players; Black Lapel belongs in the latter category in case you were wondering.  The prices (at Black Lapel and elsewhere) have pretty much stayed constant but the expectations of consumers have gone up; reasonably so.  Fortunately, the level of quality of fabrics, construction, fit and customer service has also gone up.  And most fortunately for Black Lapel, they are still one of the brands at the front of the pack.

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