Over the past 4 years I have reviewed Black Lapel twice; I’ve also commissioned a few things on the side that I haven’t written about. Black Lapel was even one of the first brands that I reviewed on The Fine Young Gentleman so it has been nice to seem them build their business over the past four years. Each time I have acquired something from them I’ve noticed that their product has gotten a little better. That is not to say they are perfect (I have yet to find a suit maker who is), but I will say they are one of the best online made to measure brands out there. It’s also worth noting that historically I have received as much, if not more, positive feedback from readers and friends on Black Lapel’s customer service than any other brand I have worked with. And there has been virtually no negative feedback. Which is respectable.
A few months back Black Lapel was nice enough to again offer me a suit for review. Before getting into the review I should note that this review was supposed to come out about 3 months ago while it was still cold out, thus why you see me wearing a heavy jacket with fur. The birdseye fabric is also more suited for cooler weather but it can still be worn in warmer weather, but not as comfortably as a lighter wool or linen fabric; in my opinion. The reason for the delay is that I’ve been a bit behind schedule on my reviews due a majority of my efforts being directed toward Jay Butler. Anyway, I’ve been pushing Black Lapel to delve more into seasonal fabric over the past few years. For any suit brand, seasonal fabric propose financial and logistical challenges, but I think they are crucial to building out a rounded product offering. Black Lapel has been getting better at it, but still not to the point that they could be; babysteps I suppose.
For this suit I went with a blue grey birdseye. It is a great fabric. Generally speaking, Black Lapel’s suits range from $499-799, this three piece birdseye would’ve been at the top end of that range; the two piece goes for $649. Typically, I am more of a blue and brown fabric person, but I liked the slight blue hue the fabric had. It was just enough to differentiate it. Depending on what is worn with it, I can bring out more of the blue or more of the grey; which is fun to play around with.
I selected everything over the Black Lapel website, which is easy to use. I also used my own measurements. For those of you in NYC, you can visit the Black Lapel showroom at 121 w 27th st; which many guys prefer. As you can see from the above photos the suit fits quite well. The only alterations I had done on it were to bring in the waist of the jacket a little and shorten the sleeves. The were good to go from the start. The suit, whether as a three piece or two piece wears comfortably allows me to move with ease. That said, I’m very happy with the fit of the suit.
For the details of the suit we have the following:
Jacket: single breasted, 2 button, peak lapel (3.5″), hacking pockets, side vents, fully lined (silver lining), brown buttons.
Pants: side tabs, no pleats, no cuffs, 2 back pockets, suspender buttons.
Vest: 5 button, single breasted 3 pockets, suit fabric on back, notch lapels.
As I have done so in the past, I still recommend Black Lapel. They have consistently shown themselves to deliver a solid product with solid customer service. Selfishly, I wish they would listen to more of my thoughts and advice, but I can say that about every suit brand I have reviewed. But they have addressed a few things such as deepening their seasonal collection and accommodating more customizations; for which I am grateful for. I also know they have some new things in store, so I look forward to that. Said new things fall in line with Black Lapel continually working to better their product and product offerings. If any of you have any questions, thoughts or would like to share you own experience with Black Lapel; please hit the comments below.