Note: Since time of publication my stance on Indochino has changed. Please refer to this most recent review for updated thoughts.
A few months back the good people at Indochino made a stop in New York City to show off their latest goods in the NYC installment of their traveling tailor series. Indochino chose to hold the event in Grand Central Terminal, which to my mind was a near perfect place for such an event. But the best part of the event was the opportunity to see all of the Indochino products in person in one place at one time. Their full range of suit and shirt fabrics, linings, shirt collars and cuffs were all on display. Which given that Indochino, until the traveling tailor series, operated solely online was not previously possible. The 0ther benefit of the traveling tailor series is that customers were able to get fitted by Indochino representatives who are familiar with the way the Indochino fitting system works. Which ideally will lead to a better fitting suit than having a friend, tailor or someone else who is unfamiliar with Indochino measure you. Not to spoil anything, but it did help…
But when it comes down to it, the most important part of Indochino is its suits, not the delivery or presentation of them. Indochino was nice enough to ask me to again review their suits, as they have made improvements in their construction since my first review. So I got measured and chose the fabric and options for my suit. I chose the following:
– Vincero gray 3 piece ($699)
– Jacket: peak lapel, hacking pockets, single button, functioning boutonniere, functioning sleeve buttons, gray lining
– Vest: 5 button, normal
– Pants: no pleats, no cuffs, side tabs, no belt loops, suspender buttons and extra pair
I also purchased the burgundy herringbone jacket ($249) in the following set up:
– peak lapel, straight pockets (with flaps but I put the flaps in pockets), single button, functioning boutonniere, non functioning sleeve buttons and burgundy lining
The burgundy herringbone is also available as a suit. However, at the time of purchase I asked if the burgundy was available in suit form, however, the customer service rep that I was emailing with noted that there were concerns as to the ability of the fabric to hold up well as pants and they recommended I think about foregoing getting it in a suit. But soon thereafter Indochino started selling the fabric as a suit, which is a little concerning because there is no note made of the longevity issues of the pants. That said, if you opt for this suit, order an extra pair of pants (which you should be doing anyways…). But it is one bad ass looking suit and I may have to order a pair of pants regardless.
The suit arrived in a timely three weeks. Only minor alterations were needed to the sleeves of the jacket (let out), waist of the vest (take in) and waist of the pants (take in). A tremendous improvement over the alterations needed on my first Indochino suit. Once all alterations were completed the suit fits and looks quite good (the pants looks better in real life than in photos below, I had to rush from behind camera to in front so things were a bit out of sorts).
The feel of the suit when worn is a bit different than my first Indochino suit. The most notable improvements that have been made to the construction are a softer and less voluminous shoulder pad, which I think is more comfortable. It also creates a better shoulder line. The other big improvement is in the canvassing, which is lighter and less structured than previous. Which again, I think provides for a more comfortable wear. The jacket feels extremely light when worn. On a less significant note, although the physical packaging has remained the same, the way the suit is folded and presented has gotten better. Not exactly sure what they did but in short, the suit wore better out of the box. As is par for the course we will cover the more minute details of the suit with pictures and captions (note the navy silk grenadine tie discussed a few days ago).
In conclusion, Indochino has been making a serious effort to better its product and it shows. I am much happier with this suit and jacket than my first suit. The fit and feel are both improved. Now I just hope that the jacket holds up over time. For suits in the sub $400 range Indochino reigns supreme, and likely will for the foreseeable future. Previously, I did not really think Indochino’s construction quality merited the higher prices of the Vincero fabrics. However, after their recent improvements I change my mind on that and give a full recommendation to the full line of Indochino’s suits and jackets (please read note below, my stance has changed since the release of this article in January 2013). If you have any questions or comments please feel free to sound off below.
Note: FYGblog did receive product and discount in the process of conducting this review. But as always, the utmost effort was taken to provide an unbiased and objective review.