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Made in Brooklyn | Martin Greenfield for Gilt

Jul 14th, 2010 | Categories: Made in New York, Made in the USA, Suiting | by Michael Williams

If you are in the market for a new suit, the time is now. If you are attending a wedding soon and need a suit, the time is now. If you are someone that just likes to wear suits, the time is now. I can’t say this enough.

One of the most common emails I get from people needing style advice is about finding and buying a good suit. I have a few favorite places I generally point people to (one of which was Hickey, may it rest in peace), so when I heard from Gilt about the suits the commissioned from Martin Greenfield I got legitimately excited for a few reasons. 1. Because these are the perfect recommendation for anyone needing a suit. 2. The value for money for this clothing is off the charts. 3. Martin Greenfield makes really nice suits. 4. I’m in the market for a new suit.

After speaking with the folks at Gilt it was clear I had to trip out to Bushwick to the Martin Greenfield factory to see the clothing in its natural environment. Before we start looking at photos of the merchandise, let’s go over the hard details for the Martin Greenfield for Gilt tailored goodness.

  • All suits feature full canvas construction.
  • The jacket sleeves have attached buttons, but also are made so that they can be lengthened and have working buttons added once proper fit.
  • The collection is comprised of six different super 120s wool suits, two summer cotton options and a peak lapel tuxedo.
  • Everything but the tux are of the 2-button notch lapel and side vent variety (I like to call side vents “dual exhaust”).
  • The jackets have a passport pocket, pen pocket, cell phone pocket and your normal breast pocket.
  • The entire collection is made in Brooklyn, USA.

All of the suits are full canvased with a lot of hand sewn construction. No bullshit, I went there and saw it being done. The cut is slim and trim, but not crazy small. I was even able to pour myself into one and it looked pretty great. I will say that I needed to size up, so take that into consideration. That said, I spoke to Gilt about returns and they informed me that this sale will have the normal 21 day return or exchange policy (Gilt will even work to get you the size you need it they are sold out). Also keep in mind that all of the Martin Greenfield  for Gilt suits will be sold as separates, so you can mix and match. File this whole thing under “no brainer.”

The pants are priced from $178 (for the cotton) to $198 for the wool. Suits range from $698 for cotton to $998 for super 120s. The tuxedo is priced at $1048.

Everything goes on sale tomorrow —Thursday, July 15th at 12 EDT [Martin Greenfield for Gilt]

The man himself, Mr. Martin Greenfield.

Mr. Greenfield's cuff links.

Update: Gilt’s Tyler Thoreson gives us another look at the offerings.

Comments: 24

24 Comments to “Made in Brooklyn | Martin Greenfield for Gilt”

  1. theWild&Free
    on Jul 14th, 2010
    @ 9:07 PM

    You just ruined a great secret…

  2. Imperialblack
    on Jul 14th, 2010
    @ 9:16 PM

    Wow. Quite an amazing deal. mr. Greenfield has made three suits for me in the past. a class act all the way around. As we grow our shirt company the quality and fit that are Martins trademarks inspire us greatly.

    Can’t say enough good things about him and his family.

  3. pamela
    on Jul 14th, 2010
    @ 10:14 PM

    Hooray! Thanks for spotlighting a traditional artisan. Hopefully they will pass on the tradition.

  4. mbroker
    on Jul 14th, 2010
    @ 10:34 PM

    Michael, and I ask this question without any sarcasm or cynicism, were you paid to write this article or are you simply highlighting a truly great artisan?

  5. Ted
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 12:04 AM

    I’m in. And I’m sure Michael is simply highlighting a truly great artisan.

  6. Michael Williams
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 12:09 AM

    I was not compensated in any way for this post.

  7. mike
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 7:35 AM

    gilt referrals, silly mbroker.

  8. Jacob Needleman
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 9:22 AM

    Anyone who’d ask whether you were paid to praise Martin Greenfield is either trolling or knows very little about tailoring in the States.

    Everyone knows about Gilt’s shady outlet store shell game, but a fair amount of their stuff is dumped directly from shows and designers — you have to use your eye and avoid products with dodgy descriptions (“imported” instead of “made in Italy”).

    That shouldn’ matter here. Greenfield has never outletted. He’s worked for Rag & Bone and Band of Outsiders, but he’s never disappointed in terms of quality and he’s certainly not going to under his own name.

    The only worry is what “collaboration” with “Gilt Man Head Buyer Christopher Wong” actually means. Greenfield won’t skimp on materials, but what impact is Wong’s taste going to have and why was it imposed at all? Greenfield would have killed us on his own — why interfere?

  9. Steph L
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 9:46 AM

    these are amazing. you guys have incredible finds.

  10. Brian
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 10:01 AM

    If only I needed more suits.

  11. GilT LOVER!!!
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 10:06 AM

    omg i LOVE gilt. Can’t wait to get my new suit today on gilt! AH!! the thrill that comes through my veins at noon!

  12. Jake
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 11:30 AM

    Are these only returnable for store credit like everything else on Gilt?

  13. P
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 11:41 AM

    Dont hate, congratulate!

  14. John
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 12:35 PM

    Could you liken the fit of the Greenfield suits (actually, more specifically the tux) to any other bigger more popular brands as to think of how it may fit?

    I’m in the market for a very trim fitting, still nice, yet reasonably priced tuxedo (i.e. I could pay for a $2500-3000 tux but feel that it would be frivolous and am intrigued by the greenfield if it would be the right fit).

  15. Makaga
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 1:51 PM

    Ahh, so that’s where Tyler ended up!
    Great posting! Thanks for clueing us in, Michael!

  16. tom
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 3:17 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve been looking for the perfect navy cotton suit for a while and think I just found it. Can’t wait for it to arrive!

  17. Charles
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 3:42 PM

    Hickey still has a website. Did they shut-down. I know that the company of Hickey Freeman was going out of business, but they’re still floating. Why did you say rest in peace then?

  18. Charles
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 3:45 PM

    “Everyone knows about Gilt’s shady outlet store shell game, but a fair amount of their stuff is dumped directly from shows and designers — you have to use your eye and avoid products with dodgy descriptions (“imported” instead of “made in Italy”).”

    This is wrong. Outlet stores currently sell products of lower quality. Gilt sells the same product offered but from previous seasons given the reason for the lower cost. Given this, they don’t have a shady outlet store shell game.

  19. Moosa
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 4:06 PM

    Now that I have purchased my suit, can anyone recommend a great tailor in Brooklyn or Manhattan for that custom fit?

  20. Jake
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 4:29 PM

    @moods

    You live in NYC, you should just visit MG in person and let The Man himself measure and fit you for a suit for not much $$ more than Gilt is charging.

  21. Peter
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 5:29 PM

    Looks like nice stuff, but let’s be honest about Gilt — a lot of their “sales” raise questions. For example, why has what appears to be the entire Jack spade line show up on Gilt? That odd Brooks Brothers line a few days ago?

    If this is a collab with Gilt, then why are prices given as “sale price?” I’m not saying it’s a rip off, just that I think overall there should be more transparency.

  22. Michael Williams
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 5:36 PM

    “Expectancy of transparency” from a retailer. I don’t understand why everyone is holding Gilt to a higher standard than any other store or brand. If you don’t think this is a good deal or a good looking suit, just don’t buy it. Vote with your wallet. That’s what makes the grass grow in America.

  23. Rose
    on Jul 16th, 2010
    @ 3:54 PM

    Another great video on Martin The Taylor: http://vimeo.com/1213401

  24. Tintin
    on Jul 17th, 2010
    @ 11:01 AM

    The khaki cotton suit is a steal. And perfectly detailed to seperate you from old men like myself in poplins. Side vent vs center, patch pockets vs flap, half lined vs fully lined. Very euro looking and in a good way.

    I sniffed around for MTM cotton khaki early spring. Brooks: $2,500 J Press: Jay wouldn’t do it. Brooks Computer: $1,500. The new MTM place on Madison that make’s ‘em in Mexico: $900.