Techno-fabric menswear upstart Ministry of Supply makes some pretty bold claims with its newly released « 3D suit. »
« The problem with suits is that they aren’t as comfortable as sweats, » reads the copy on their website. « We’ve set out to change that. »
To do that, the first change the company has made to the traditional suit is to throw out the wool — instead, it uses a « soft foam-like » polyester which was « molded three-dimensionally around the human form. »
Ministry of Supply claims the fabric « hovers around the human form » with a four-way stretch.
Bonus: it doesn’t wrinkle (but it still doesn’t look quite like wool, either.)
The jacket retails for $448, and the pants are going for $248. The steep price isn’t deterring customers — both the pants and the jacket are already sold out in navy blue.
It’s reminiscent of the infamous « fancy sweats » Tom Brady wore in his GQ Man of the Year spread.
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) November 23, 2015
Plus, Ministry of Supply’s « suit » retails for about as much as a respectable, traditional wool version, without many of the benefits of a formal suit. A well-fitting suit makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. A sleeping garment can never offer you that.
Yes, Ministry of Supply created a suit that is comfortable. It’s just not a suit you can actually wear like a suit. Technology isn’t going to replace traditional suits any time soon.
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