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LA Times columnist Steve Lopez scoured the Fashion District for Sunday's paper, on a mission to find a suit for under $100. He finally hit upon his holy grail at the Downtown Suits Outlet on 9th Street, scoring a pinstriped number for $49 and a "slightly nicer" grey model with all the trimmings (shirt, tie, hanky, belt and socks) for $99. Clearly not Armani, but after a 10-minute, $5, on-the-spot alteration, a straw poll of passers-by revealed estimates of around $300 for the jacket and pants alone. And as for that all-important comfort factor? "The suit moved with my body and it slid nicely over leather [car seats]," Lopez claimed. "That viscose-polyester combo is smooth." [LAT]