While the man in the gray flannel suit could sum up his work wardrobe in one color, one cut, and one fabric, today suit manufacturers realize that dressing is also a reflection of one's multifaceted lifestyle. Now, as with cars or wine, there is a hierarchy in the fine suit lines. The same brand can take you from a casual business dinner or weekend conference to a boardroom presentation or formal dinner. With prices for entry-level suits starting under $600, one of these respected lines may well be within your reach.
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Napoli For those who delight in extraordinary $2,695* Couture quality, the tradition and extensive workmanship of a sartorial suit. Highly hand-tailored, optional button-through fly, exclusive fabrics. Sartoriale Quintessential Italian clothing built $1,600* with finesse and flair. Renowned for Super 100's specialty fabrics. Z Zegna New this season, well-priced and fashion- $875* driven as characterized by ads featuring Oscar-winner Adrien Brody.
PAL ZILERI Sartoriale by Dressier, formal fabrics, impeccable $1,895* Pal Zileri finishing, highly hand-tailored. Pal Zileri A modern, sexy approach to classic $1,295* Italian suits. Pal by Younger, more cutting-edge line. $895* Pal Zileri
GIORGIO ARMANI Giorgio Old World handcraftsmanship for a sober $2,025** Armani business suit with the distinctive Armani Black Label drape. Sold exclusively in Giorgio Armani shops. Giorgio Still the most sought after label in $1,495** Armani Italian fashion, first popularized in Collezioni 1980 when worn by Richard Gere in American Gigolo. Emporio A younger collection that reflects $898** Armani Armani's more spirited, inventive ideas.
POLO RALPH LAUREN Ralph Lauren The fitted look of Savile Row designed $2,995* Purple Label to Ralph's personal style. Polo by Clothing that defines English-inspired $895* Ralph Lauren American classicism. Chaps The Ralph Lauren look interpreted for $475* the younger, style-conscious man.
JOSEPH ABBOUD Black Label Better side-vented American clothing $895* expertly made from select Italian fabrics. Joseph Distinguished by monochromatic palettes $650* Abboud that give a modern edge to traditional American design utilizing select European fabrics. A favorite of sports- casters including Bryant Gumbel and Bob Costas.
BROOKS BROTHERS Golden A new line of high-end suits inspired by $1,098* Fleece the Brooks Brothers archives. Brooks The classic three-button, natural shoulder $798* Brothers 1818 American suit, updated and improved. Brooks Ease Sold as separates, wrinkle resistant, $598 good for travel, extremely comfortable, super 100 pure wool.
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