Neil Patrick Harris’s character Barney Stinson from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ said it best, “Suit Up”. Clothing separates us from animals. They are the first impression that an individual presents to the world which gives us an insight into the personality of the said individual. The saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. But be honest, a nicely wrapped package is appreciated by all.
Clothes make a man and nothing in the world makes a man like a suit can. A suit-wearing man radiates power and control. Wearing one makes you look like you have a poised stature. It has been the armour of knights for more than 100 years. Thankfully, they are making a comeback and it is important to make a sound decision while selecting your armor. So gentlemen, here is a list of the top ten brands of men’s suits in the world.
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10. Dolce and Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana is actually the parent company of D&G. started in 1985 by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana it is an Italian luxury fashion house. Stars like Liam Hemsworth, Channing Tatum, and Chris Evans have donned these suits to walk down the red carpet. Mostly known for their line of handbags and perfumes, this company has also made made-to-manufacture suits with the great look without damaging the bank balance too much.
In 1956 this fashion house came into existence in Naples, Italy. Actors like Pierce Brosnan, Jhonny Depp, and James Spader have been clothed by this menswear brand. The company is in its fifth generation of original family owners, which means they work with the ethics passed down and perfected over the generation. It is not just business to them. The name comes from Greek word ‘chiton’. You get what this company says in its motto, the English translation of which is ‘the best of the best plus one’.
8. Brooks Brothers
The grandfather entry on this list, the Brook Brothers first opened in 1818. They are the oldest men’s clothier in the United States of America. It may just be called the ‘First Menswear of the United States’ because presidents, all the way back starting from Abraham, Lincoln, have worn these suits. Other presidents include Roosevelt (Theodore and Franklin), Hoover, JFK and even Obama. It’s a standard for the talk show hosts of the USA like Stephen Colbert; the entire cast of Mad Men used them. Even the cast of Slumdog Millionaire wore these suits to the 81st Oscar Awards.
The fact that Donald Trump wears these suits should not tarnish the image of this fine, made-to-measure collection of suits. It is an Italian menswear couture house established in 1945 owned by the company Kering. Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Cruise, Usain Bolt and Sir Anthony Hopkins are a few of the heavy hitters who strut in these finely tailored suits. A little price heavy, these suits still pay you back over the years.
If it hasn’t been clear yet, Italians know fashion. Another Italian luxury fashion house, probably a name heard by men from their significant others, Prada was first opened by Mario Prada in 1913 and was a leather goods store. To those who don’t know, Prada originally only made menswear. James Mcavoy, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo Di Caprio have known to wear these suits for major events. These made-to-measure suits are personalized in which your measurements are taken, which can be subsequently used for any future sartorial needs. Also, the fabric can be hand selected by you. A little pricey, these suits can transform you into a million bucks.
5. Ralph Lauren Black Label
This branch of men’s suits is brought to you buy one of the largest men’s clothing company, Ralph Lauren Corporation. Based out of United States of America, this brand is the optimum choice for gentlemen looking for suits that are a perfect fit and also in an affordable price range. Celebrities like David Beckham, Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne and Charlie Hunnam have dawned the finest of Ralph Lauren to strut on the red carpet.
It is evident from mafia movies that when it comes to suits, Italians do it best. Yet another Italy based luxury menswear manufacturer, Canali was first established in 1934 by Giacomo Canali and Giovani Canali. The 20th-century craze of Italian movies could be credited to these fine suits. They follow a rigorous code of standards set by the first tailors of this company. The classic looking suits produced have great structure and are appropriate for every season and any occasion. Their suits follow a thin line; call it the Goldilocks zone, between comfort and structure, making this the suit of everyman. Alec Baldwin, Michael Fassbender, and Michael Douglas are few of the many actors who prefer the touch of Italian.
3. Ermenegildo Zegna
Simply known as Zegna in the fashion industry, this Italian luxury fashion house makes attire for men and women. Having its beginning as a textile loom, this brand is in its 4th generation of original family ownership since the time it began in 1910. Under Alessandro Sartori as creative director, this company constructs made-to-measure suits the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else. As a textile loom, it manufactures suits for the big names in fashion like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Tom Ford, making it the largest menswear industry by revenue. Adrien Brody and Sam Riley are some of the famous customers they have clothed over the years.
2. Tom Ford
This is what you get when you combine the experience of working for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Thomas Carlyle Ford (or just Tom Ford) started this company in 2006. Side note: he also has two Oscar nominees under his belt (Nocturnal Animal and A Single Man). His brand caters for international cultured and well-travelled gentlemen who have disposable income. Yes, it is heavy on the wallet, but one of these 21st-century garbs can go a long way and be used for multiple occasions. The wide shouldered, tight body and slim waist fit give a musculature look that suits all. If not yet convinced, you should know that Daniel Craig (a.k.a James Bond), Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp (a.k.a Jack Sparrow) and Henry Cavill (a.k.a Superman) have been clothed by this newcomer. By the way, Tom Ford was the GQ Designer of the Year (2001) and GQ USA man of the Year (2009). Convinced yet?
1. Hugo Boss
He is the Boss. A German among all these Italians, Hugo Boss has been clothing men since 1924. Mostly known for their male fragrance line, they perfected their craft of men’s suits over the years, manufacturing for the Nazi Party. These are the giants who brought us the occasion neutral Gray Suit. The color pallet used by them for their cloth is such that the suits made from them can be worn with a white or a black shirt. To put it simply, it goes well with everything. Combining acute craftsmanship and technological ingenuity, they have been able to manufacture made-to-measure suits at a faster pace. Bringing in the best from combining soft tailoring (Italian style) and agro power suit (from the 1980s) they have found the formula for success.
The above mentioned brands are at the top of their game. From fabric to fitting to personalising the suit to your structure, these manufacturers will do their best to make you look your best. You may look as skinny as Andrew Garfield or as gigantic as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson; everyone looks good in a suit. So much so that women are getting in the game of suit styled attire. So gentlemen, time to suit up.