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If you’re a man of means, we hope you already know you have to dress like one. So we expect that your closet is home to a couple of $10,000 suits. If not, then you have some explaining to do. Actually, we do as well. Because if you don’t understand why you need a $10,000 suit and why it costs so much, then allow us let us educate you. And when we’re done, you realize what a good deal $10,000 is for a suit that’ll make you look and feel like a million bucks.
$10,000 suit jackets take a completely different approach to the shoulders (perhaps the most important part), than those $1000 suits. They do what’s called “sartorial surgery”, which means they build the shoulder from the inside out so that it moulds to your own shoulders, flattering them – instead of making them look boxy.
The Collar And Lapels
If the shoulders aren’t the most important part, then the collar and lapels are as they frame the wearers face. Only an expert suit maker can make a seamless collar and lapel.
What good is a suit – no matter the price – if it hangs lifelessly from your body? When you spend $10,000, you can be sure the suit will hug and contour your body, making you look slim and trim. It’s a process called “mezzo punto riprese”, which is just a fancy Italian word for darting – which when you spend this much – is all done by hand.
Ever heard the saying, “The devil’s in the details” before? Well it’s true. Just because buttonholes are small, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a lot of attention. Each hole is hand-cut using a hammer and chisel (really), then finished off with 137 hand stitches around the border to secure it, and your buttons.
Cheap suits pull at the front. $10,000 suits use a criss-cross stitching along the waist and fly to create a non-pulling, smooth appearance on the front.
Like cheap suit pants, cheap suit waistbands pull away and don’t move with you. When you spend the big bucks, you get a waistband that’s made entirely out of one strip of fabric, with intricate interior pleats that move, bend, and twist along with you. It’s not just about looks here, it’s about comfort.
$10,000 suits no doubt use the most luxurious fabrics the world has to offer. For example, they use cashmere mills like Loro Piana’s in Italy, who are famous for making the softest, yet durable, and oh-so breathable fabrics money can buy.
Brunello Cucinelli, Kiton, Berluti – these are the names you’ll be buying when you spend $10,000. But it’s more than just buying into some pretentious name. It’s about buying into decades of suit making mastery. And it’s no different than going to a top doctor or lawyer. When it comes to suits, if you’re going to spend $10,000, you can be sure you’re getting the best.