Five years? I don't think so. I recall coming across a Fitzgerald suit for the first time in the downtown Philly Brooks in, let's see, it would have been the fall of '06, and I believe the Fitz fit was a brand-new offering at that time.I am not positive, but I think it's been around for a 4-5 years or so.
I think it's nice to have a good quality brand like BB offer different cut and styles to thier suits. If all they offered was the Madison, then I would have no interest ever shopping there. Hopefully the Fitz stays around for awhile.
And as far as the BB slim-fit dress shirts go, don't even bother. They fit like a normal OTR dress shirt. Even over-weight people can fit into them.