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The Buy Line: $125 MTM Shirts

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Welcome back to The Buy Line, where we analyze how the new market forces of menswear—driven by the Internet and the rise of a more savvy consumer—have redefined where the intersection of well-made and well-priced lands. And when it comes to made-to-measure shirts, it would appear that the buy line has settled at $125.

Naturally, you could spend more on a shirt from one of the bigger names—or even go bespoke—but we’ve rounded up your best options for just over a Benjamin.»

The Buy Line: $300 Benchgrade Shoes

060214_Grenson_Marcel-Tassel-Loafer As you may recall, we introduced “the buy line” a couple weeks ago with the new breed of $500 suit.

And now we’re moving on to another menswear staple that has become more attainable and readily available lately: benchgrade shoes. While it’s a loosely defined term, depending on which shoemaker you ask, it’s generally accepted that benchgrade means you're getting welted soles, shoes made in smaller batches and hand-finishing during some if not all stages of construction--while not necessarily made-to-order or custom. And we’ve been noticing that the going rate for a quality budget-conscious pair has settled right around $300.

Naturally, you could spend much more, but here are your best options for about three large ones...»

The Buy Line: $500 Suits

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Menswear has come a long way in the past decade.

Even as recently as five years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a well-cut suit sourced from an Italian mill without knowing the right tailor and spending at least a grand. But nowadays, thanks to a generally more sophisticated generation of suit wearers (we’d like to take some of the credit for that), globalization and a re-booming business sector, you can get a pretty darn good suit for about 500 bucks. It’s the number we’ve noticed that market forces have settled upon—something we like to call “the buy line.” The same way a good pair of bench-made shoes or a tailored broadcloth dress shirt no longer requires a trip to Savile Row or a small fortune (more on those later down the line).

But first, let’s get to the suits.»