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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.

050814_Suitsupply-CopenhagenThe Suit: Suitsupply Copenhagen Blue Plain cut from Albiate cotton sourced from a northern Italian mill founded in 1830.
The Buy Line: $469

050814_J-Crew-Ludlow-LinenThe Suit: J.Crew Ludlow Suit in Irish Linen sourced from legendary family-owned Irish linen mill Baird McNutt.
The Buy Line: $456

050814_Knot-Standard-GlenplaidThe Suit: Knot Standard Classic Blue Glenplaid Suit that’s custom made and hand finished.
The Buy Line: $495

050814_Club-Monaco-Poplin-SuitThe Suit: Club Monaco Navy Poplin Suit in a summer-weight poplin tailored for the office.
The Buy Line: $508

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar