But I can’t buy a suit there.
This is the fundamental flaw with BS which they never in my lifetime have ever quite corrected. The creative variety in their suit fabrics is excellent. There are pinstriped suits, check suits, grey, blue and even brown tweed. Yet if you look at all of them, not one draws from the three-button Mod tradition. They are almost always two-buttoned (with low lapels), or in some cases one-buttoned, and they often come in three pieces. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but waistcoats have never been part of the Mod look. Shiny-backed or not, they usually just make you look like a waiter. For a brand of such strong heritage, I find it disappointing that it doesn’t seem to be able to make even a nod to its traditional style. Just a single, sharp, black three-buttoned two-piece would be excellent if done well. Combined with the exceptional shirts and strong knitwear, it’d also make BS a one-stop-shop for all of a man’s clothing requirements.
I’d snap one up in a trice if it was available, but for people who want to stick firmly to the style, Ben Sherman just isn’t an option.