There are certain things in life that cannot be fully appreciated until you acquire a bit of maturity. A Coppley suit is one of those things. As a young man, I would never buy a Coppley. It’s an old man’s suit, devoid of the faddish styling cues that appeal to youth and inexperience. Well, I’m a bit older and wiser now, and I love my Coppley suit!
Being ever the frugal sartorialist, I purchased this Coppley 3-button charcoal grey wool pinstripe suit second-hand on eBay for $28.00 (including shipping). Coppley suits are made-to-measure in Canada and sold in better specialty menswear shops in the United States. Canada has an excellent reputation overall for its menswear manufacturing industry that is well deserved. Every suit I have purchased to date made by Canadian manufacturers has been of excellent quality at its price point.
As I said before, Coppley makes old man suits. None of that anemic skinny suit styling here thank you! This is classic ‘suit as armor’ tailoring. The styling is subtle and timeless, with padded shoulders and a hint of waist suppression. My Coppley (shown above) has half-canvas interlining construction and mid-weight wool fabric that feels very substantial and enduring. This suit is made to last!
I have in my wardrobe well cared for suits (all purchased second-hand) from legendary manufacturers including Hickey Freeman, Samuelsohn, and Corneliani. Coppley can stand with them as one of the best suit brands available. Its modest good looks get compliments whenever I wear it. I highly recommend Coppley as a brand to seek out when purchasing suits second-hand. Mine was a bargain at $28.00 (three-button suits tend to sell at lower prices) as they typically sell for $50-$100 used on eBay (they sell for over $1000.00 when new). Worth it!