Suitsupply’s more laid-back Havana design probably isn’t going to be the first choice for a work suit by those in the legal or banking industry. The patch pockets and slightly shorter (yet not chopped) jacket stray just enough from conservative, traditional workplace dress that their Napoli Fit would be a better way to go within the brand. But say you work in a less buttoned-up industry, yet you like to dress well for fun. OR… say you sometimes like to dress well when you’re having fun. Then Suitsupply’s Havana Fit is absolutely worth considering.
Size shown: 40R on 5’10” / 185 lbs.
Don’t get me wrong, the Havana is still very much a suit (except when it’s not… they sell stand alone sportcoats in the Havana design too). It’ll look more than fine with a necktie, but skip the double windsor woven silk number, and instead reach for something more casual. Say, a silk knit or cotton/linen blend. If you happen to prefer tieless, then the Havana will look right at home with an open collar. And while the patch pockets at the waist are more casual, there’s still a welt pocket at the chest. And that combination works, whereas a suit jacket with all patch pockets can look a little too “I’m off to the fox hunt Lovey.”
Compared to the Napoli, the jackets are just a touch under half an inch shorter. Which isn’t that much. And while the shoulders aren’t as wide as a similar size Napoli, the waist isn’t quite as sculpted either. It’s a pretty straight forward fit without being boxy.
Italian wool flannel moves extremely well. Warmth, without bulk.
Button stance seems to be pretty similar, and the more traditional lapels should please those who don’t like the slim to skinny lapels other brands can favor. Shoulders are nice and soft, and the armholes are decently high. Double side vents in the rear.
Sleeves, as with all Suitsupply suits, come with functional buttons. So be prepared to get those perfect off the rack, or shell out for tailoring. But Suitsupply offers tons of short and long sizes, so unless you’ve got really odd limb measurements, you should be able to find something close.
Winter doesn’t mean you’re stuck with Charcoal. Light grey flannel looks great in the cold
This is the kind of design that looks great on seasonal fabrics. Y’know, a flannel for winter (as seen here) , or linen in the summer. And this particular flannel option is a mighty fine balance between warmth and weight. The Italian wool moves extremely well. Which isn’t always the case for other, heavier winter suit fabric options. Some suit brands sell tweeds or flannels that can be downright rigid. Not the case here. Not at all. And the pale grey fabric, with its slight marl, will be a good way to brighten up your wardrobe in the depths of fall and winter.
Super soft Italian flannel with half canvas construction
The Havana isn’t a boardroom suit. It’s a cocktail suit. Or a date night suit. Or a… standing outside at the butt-crack of dawn as the steam rises off a mountain lake… type of suit. It’s more dressed down than a Napoli or other traditional business suit, but still awfully good looking and plenty comfortable.
No matter where (or at what time) you happen to wear it.