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2505 Southeast 11th Avenue, Suite 102
Portland, OR, 97202
United States

(503) 281-6648

Classic Collection

The Classic Collection

Our five core suit styles, appropriate for every body and every occasion


Although Duchess has crafted well over 25 suit styles during its tenure as Portland's premier custom clothier, the following five styles have become our absolute best sellers. It is easy to see why. These five styles encompass all of the traditional elements you expect to find in a fine suit, but also allow plenty of latitude for your individual design flourishes.

You can order these styles as shown here, or mix and match the various design details to achieve exactly the look you desire. Never fear - our consultants are here to help you realize your vision. 

Every Classic Collection suit includes the following:

  • Full canvas construction (Learn more about jacket construction here)
  • Your choice of fabric from five tiers of sensational suiting wools
  • A solid color lining with a coordinating piping and decorative pick stitch
  • Your choice from dozens of specialty buttons including resin, corozo, horn, and metal options

For even more customization options, consider upgrading to Classic Gold. Alterations are included with all Classic Collection suits to ensure a flattering fit.


THE 8 1/2

The 8 1/2 is a timeless design that perfectly balances only the most essential elements needed to create a superlatively sexy suit. It is as polished and straightforward as it is dashing and debonair.

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STYLE DETAILS

Jacket: This is a beautiful and understated two-button notch lapel jacket with a single vent at the center back. The slightly slanted lower pockets provide visual interest, and are an homage to the British hacking jacket (riding jacket). Subtle styling details such as contrast buttonholes and textured buttons work especially well with this jacket.

Vest: The 8 1/2 vest is a dependable and traditional design with two lower welt pockets. It offers just a little something extra though with its six button front (versus the more common five button front). This vest lends itself well to a lining back.

Trouser: See below for more detail about our trouser designs.

 

THE MISTER FAMOUS

The Mr. Famous is a sophisticated design featuring special little details to excite suit aficionados. Although the style is named for Audrey Hepburn's yorkie, we like to think of Mr. Famous as a devastatingly attractive jet-setter who's always perfectly dressed for any occasion.

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STYLE DETAILS

Jacket: The Mr. Famous jacket is loaded with visual appeal. Its two-button notch lapel design is enhanced with a ticket pocket on the right side and side vents in the back. The standout details ensure that the Mr. Famous jacket is always a stunner, even when it is made with darker solid colors.

Vest: The Mr. Famous vest is a versatile five button design with an upper breast pocket and two lower welt pockets. It completes a suit extremely well, but is also an excellent stand-alone piece that can be worn with chinos or jeans. Therefore, many clients like to purchase this vest in a contrasting fabric.

Trouser: See below for more detail about our trouser designs.

 

THE #9

We know our 8 1/2 is amazing. But perhaps you desire a little something… extra? Like half-a-notch extra? Well, then, the #9 is for you! It combines two contemporary suiting trends - peaked lapels and layered lapels - but interprets them in a refined and elegant way that will be stylish for decades to come. Start your style revolution with the #9.

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STYLE DETAILS

Jacket: The #9 jacket features a peaked lapel, a dramatic style detail that is once again enjoying a surge in popularity. A peaked lapel commands attention and is therefore an excellent choice for special events (or for standing out - in a good way - at the office). The design is finished with a single center back vent and straight flap pockets.

Vest: Talk about a statement piece - the #9 vest is a killer! It’s rolled shawl collar nestles within the jacket's peaked lapel, providing an exquisite frame for a necktie. Double besom pockets and an extra button on the hem complete the look. 

Trouser: See below for more detail about our trouser designs.

 

THE MORIARTY

You’ve found it – the perfect marriage of modern and vintage style. The Moriarty pairs an unabashedly contemporary jacket with a proper English waistcoat, resulting in a stunning combo that can translate seamlessly across an array of styles – depending on your choice of fabric and fit.  

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STYLE DETAILS

Jacket: The two-button Moriarty jacket is a perennial favorite, featuring a notch lapel, single center back vent, and straight flap pockets. The simplicity of the design makes it the perfect backdrop for patterned suiting fabrics such as Glen plaid and windowpane check.

Vest: The Moriarty vest sports a distinctive notch lapel and therefore looks dashing with or without the jacket. Consider a full fabric back to make it even more versatile as a stand-alone layering piece.  

Trouser: See below for more detail about our trouser designs.

 

THE STOLI

All right, you Roger Sterlings of the world - this suit is for you! An authoritative three button jacket lends itself beautifully to any proper daytime event, from a casual wedding to a commanding power point presentation at the office. (Vodka martini sold separately.)

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STYLE DETAILS

Jacket: The three-button Stoli jacket can be worn with the top two buttons fastened (especially flattering for tall individuals), or with just the middle button fastened, creating a 3/2 roll lapel. The sleeve cuff has two buttons, a vintage detail that perfectly complements the overall feel of the Stoli. 

Vest: The Stoli vest is a six button design with four pockets: two breast pockets and two lower welt pockets. In addition to looking suave and sophisticated, the four pocket design can add some visual presence to a slight frame. 

Trouser: See below for more detail about our trouser designs.

 

 


THE DUCHESS SILHOUETTE

Duchess suits draw inspiration from the British tailoring tradition but are generally designed and cut with the modern suit buyer in mind. Our jackets share the following style features:

  • A slim fit overall with a nipped waist
  • Minimal shoulder padding - just enough to smooth the shoulder and give a clean straight line
  • A high gorge line (the point where the collar meets the lapel)
  • A low buttoning stance - a two button jacket will fasten near the natural waist, and a three button jacket will fasten at chest level
  • Narrow lapels (about 2.5" at the widest point)
  • A slightly shorter, more modern hem length (the jacket hem extends to the widest part of the seat)

If you have a different cut in mind for your jacket, please discuss this with your consultant during your appointment.

TROUSERS

You can select from a number of options when designing your trousers:

  • The Duchess default is a sleek flat front design, but if you want pleats we are happy to oblige
  • The front closure can be either a button or a hook and eye; an extender tab is optional
  • We have numerous options for front and back pockets. The most common selection is slanted pockets in front
    and a welt pocket with button closure on the back right side - but as always the ultimate decision is yours
  • Suspender buttons can be added to the inner waistband at no extra charge
  • The trouser leg can be finished with either a blind hem or a cuff

VEST AND SKIRT OPTIONS

For any Classic suit, you may request a vest with curved seam lines to better fit a bustline and/or substitute a skirt for the trousers. Please ask your consultant for more details and to review currently available styles. Please note that for vests with curved seam lines, lapel and pocket options are limited.


Ready to learn more?

Find information about our Pricing and Packages.

Check out the Classic Gold upgrade to see even more design and customization options.

Consider a Custom Shirt or Custom Shoes to complete your look.