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    Combatant Gentleman

    Anyone have any experience with this company? Prices are good with free shipping and returns.

    https://www.combatgent.com/suits

    #2
    My thinking:
    How many hours does it take to "make a suit"?
    How much do each of those hours cost?
    How much of the fixed costs need to paid for by each suit?
    How much does the basic fabric for a suit cost? Esp. "only the finest materials"
    How much does shipping and logistics cost?
    My gut says that for something worthwhile those numbers are greater than $160.

    Same for a $16 "handmade" silk tie.

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      #3
      I kind of agree with APS -- I've seen their ads on facebook and read through their site. At least when I did that, nothing was there to tell me that it wasn't anything but very cheap materials, likely cheaply fused, etc. Other than everything being the "finest", etc., there's no actual word on anything related to the construction of the suits or anything verifiable regarding the materials.

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        #4
        The photo of the proprietors on the website does not instill a high degree of confidence. Also, I'm not a fan of the brand name "Combatant Gentleman." It sounds like a weird translation, like they pulled it from the lyrics to "Street Fighting Man" translated into Latvian and then back into English or something.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Shomas View Post
          The photo of the proprietors on the website does not instill a high degree of confidence. Also, I'm not a fan of the brand name "Combatant Gentleman." It sounds like a weird translation, like they pulled it from the lyrics to "Street Fighting Man" translated into Latvian and then back into English or something.
          Shomas, that's hilarious!

          I can't pass judgement on their products, but I'm always skeptical with a new company when I can quickly spot numerous typos in their marketing material. I feel like if this is what you are representing to the world, than your attention to detail and quality must be lacking...

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            #6
            I just pulled the trigger on one of their grey 2-piece modern fit suit. I'll report back with how it turns out. I figure they have a 30 day return policy, so even if it's a piece of junk it's worth a test run.

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              #7
              They claim to use super 140s wool to make their suits. I cannot really believe that claim of theirs. The fabric alone would cost higher than $20-25 a meter or so at wholesale.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Shomas View Post
                The photo of the proprietors on the website does not instill a high degree of confidence. Also, I'm not a fan of the brand name "Combatant Gentleman." It sounds like a weird translation, like they pulled it from the lyrics to "Street Fighting Man" translated into Latvian and then back into English or something.

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                  #9
                  I'd like to know where they sourced the wool.

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                    #10
                    As it fell off the back of a truck?...

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                      #11
                      Hello there guys,

                      I was never a member on here before, but noticed a lot of traffic coming in today and had a few requests from the team to jump on here and answer any immediate questions.

                      As my sn states. My name is Vishaal Melwani. I am the CEO and co-founder of CG and am a 3rd generation tailor. I was apprenticed for 17 years under my father, who was apprenticed under his. My goal with creating the brand was to use my knowledge in supply-chain to create a brand that showed transparency and cost at it's very core. When we were coming up with the brand a lot of our friends, many in biz school were amidst the toughest job market in history. A lot of them were promised jobs, salaries etc.. which essentially evaporated as the "recession" took course. My initial thoughts were to stop working in supply-chain for other companies who were charging atrocious prices for their products in wholesale form and create a brand that could help my friends. The name is derived from this very problem. Guys who are fighting to get ahead against shitty conditions. Women have a lot of great "fast-fashion" outlets like Forever 21, H&M, etc.. but what do guys have for work?! Men's Wearhouse?!?! Jos. A Bank?!?! Please excuse me while I vomit Why can't we have a Hugo Boss feel, without the price??

                      So we started it. I've been working in supply-chain for the past 12 years of my life mainly in China, as well as in Los Angeles. After college I took time to work with many different companies through a trading firm which was at based out of Japan. It was a great time and it gave me insight on how the big boys play the supply-chain game. This is mainly where I got most of the knowledge you see at Combat Gent today. We source all of our raw materials from around the world. All of our Wool is from Napoli - a great mill that has been around since the early 1900's that focus in 100% wools and amazing wool blends. All of our cotton is from Northern India. All of this cotton goes into all of the shirts and knits we make in China. I take pride in owning the supply-chain model for this company. This makes us so romantically involved with the product it is insane! Besides knowing the product... the low prices are just the product of being good at what we do.

                      I love the fact that our customers are inquisitive and we are working our hardest to get you more knowledge about our product on a daily basis. I for one love talking to anyone about supply-chain. It's a passion of mine and I feel that if more brands acted the we did, a direct-to-consumer brand like ours wouldn't be that much of a surprise.

                      Feel free to hit me with any questions here or directly at my email: [email protected]


                      Thanks and looking forward to chatting more!

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                        #12
                        Thanks for posting Vishaal! Care to comment on the suit construction? Are they half-canvassed or fused?

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                          #13
                          Based on the Hugo Boss comment (and of course the price), I would say they're going for good materials and modern styling in a fused suit. Even if these are fused, if the styling is good, service is good, and materials are decent, $160 is a pretty good deal. JAB prices for Boss quality would easily put them ahead of Indochino in my book.

                          Of course, whether they are hitting on those points remains to be seen, but it certainly looks worth a test drive. Interesting name, irreverent website, and credit for actually approaching the dappered forum. Hope to see some reviews in the next weeks.

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                            #14
                            Vishaal we could also do with a list of measurements for your suits as the shoulders are always the issue for me and I am sure for the other guys (I am a 46R or a 44T depending on the cut).

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                              #15
                              Hey Guys!

                              Thanks for the response.

                              To answer the questions:
                              1. Our suits are currently half-canvassed. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against fused suits as a ton of $1000.00 suits are fused out there. I personally just like the weight of a half-canvassed suit. On the other end of the spectrum with full-canvassed suiting, I feel its way too heavy for our guy. These suits are meant to be worn in the office and then over and over again in your social life. With a pair of jeans to the bar or a date, or vice versa. I wanted to make something that was versatile and had a multi-purpose feel to it.

                              AFCForever: Sure thing: our 46R in the modern fit, which is what I presume you are going for?
                              Across Shoulder: 19 1/2"
                              Full Chest/ 1" Below Armhole: 47"
                              Full Waist: 44"
                              Front Length: 32 3/8"

                              As you can see when I made the pattern for the Modern Fit, I had the athletic guy in mind. We had a lot of our early clients like the slim fit, but a lot of guys who either played sports when they were younger, or who were just naturally broader complain that the slim was way too slim. At the same time they didn't want a boxy-ass cut suit. So what I did was just broaden the base, gave a bit more room in the chest as well as the thigh on the pants and BAM problem solved.

                              I attached a pic of exactly what we did in info-graphic form.

                              Let me know if you have any further questions!

                              Thanks,

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