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Lands End Fall Catalogue: Signs of things to come?

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I got the new Lands End Fall Men's Catalogue today. In browsing through it, three items leaped out at me:

In the catalogue, they advertise the fact that the fabric comes from a British source that has been producing it since 1666. The windowpane pattern which is shown in the catalogue seems to me to be an uber-Anglo style.

Ok, it's wrinkle resistant, which a lot of traditionalists don't like, but Lands End is offering a 3 piece option.

Again, the brown spice option is a bit odd, but they are also offering a full canvas suit. The way the website presents it, it makes it seem like the coat is made of canvas, but in the catalogue, it says "This, our finest suit, has full canvas construction- tailoring that usually reserved for suits starting at $1500."

So, this got me thinking. Many members of this site lament the fact that so few men bother to dress up in suits and ties. As that number gets smaller and smaller, won't companies that make suits be forced to cater more and more to people like us? Meaning, won't they be forced to offer things like 3 piece options and full canvas construction? If Lands End is doing it, there must be a rise in the demand for it.

Any thoughts?
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I have a few of the half-canvas suits that LE used to have made in Canada (by Samuelsohn, maybe?) and I think they were (and are) quite good suits for the money.

Likewise an LE that I got in an E. Thomas Super 130s dark gray with a subtle blue rope stripe--it was made in Portugal, and also has served well in my suit wardrobe.

I have been sorry to see recently that LE has started having ties made in China (they used to source nearly all their ties from right here in the States, TTBOMK), but I guess that was bound to happen sooner or later. Even ubertrad shopping mecca J. Press had some made-in-the-Middle-Kingdom ties in their shops this past summer. The Brothers are a real throwback in this regard, as they make all their mainline-store ties on Long Island.
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