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Impressed by Domenico Spano @ Saks

post #1 of 19
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I've always been a bit hesitant to try Domenico Spano, given that I've often been told he's not a real tailor and simply farms out his work to Adrian Jules.

I was in his store-within-a-store yesterday, and had an opportunity to try on some of his sample coats. Even for a hard to fit person like myself, the coats looked quite good and the quality of construction seemed pretty top-notch. I was also impressed by Spano's style and knowledge.

So, why are the New Yorkers on this board tepid on Spano? Anyone here with real experience with his bespoke product?
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post
So, why are the New Yorkers on this board tepid on Spano? Anyone here with real experience with his bespoke product?

He's really pushy, he does not always tell the full honest truth about what he sells, the aesthetic is too over-the-top retro, he always trashes whatever you are wearing even if it's perfect, the price is too high for what you get expecially when compared to other options.
post #3 of 19
'Spensive.
post #4 of 19
Too much damned shoulder.

Then again, if what you want is a '40s Hollywood drape suit, he is the only place I know where you can get it.
post #5 of 19
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he does not always tell the full honest truth about what he sells

I'd be curious to learn more on this as I'm not that familiar with his business. Could you pls share your thoughts (pm if you prefer).

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he always trashes whatever you are wearing even if it's perfect

A fair point. But I've started being much less sensitive about this as I've now dealt with many tailors who trash the competition w/o hesitation.

Interesting side-story: Last August, I walked into the store of a tailor that I hadn't worked with in awhile. Right off the bat, he starts to make snippy little comments on the suit I had on. Happily, I let him go on for 2-3 minutes, before reminding him that he was the one who made it 2 years ago
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
'Spensive.

$4,500, but I can use my Amex points. So the effective price for me would be in the high $3K range. Would you consider it at that price?
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post
$4,500, but I can use my Amex points. So the effective price for me would be in the high $3K range. Would you consider it at that price?

Oh, I don't know a lick about the bespoke service. I was speaking more to the accessories he sells. They are often very pretty, and often very high quality, but they're also super-expensive. Last winter he was selling hand-tasseled silk scarves for about a thousand dollars.
post #8 of 19
He's too theatrical, cartoony and costume oriented for my idea of well dressed. But that's his schtick, I get it.
post #9 of 19
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He's too theatrical, cartoony and costume oriented for my idea of well dressed. But that's his schtick, I get it.

I think one has to disassociate his bow ties, funky shirts and spectators from his suit (not easy, I know). The suits I have seen him in look to be pretty decent.
post #10 of 19
ET...I had Spano make up a suit for me in his (relatively) new soft-shouldered model last year. The cloth was a end of bolt Smith's worsted that was quite lovely and the cost was 65% off regular prices, so I bit.

In the end, the suit is nice but nowhere near the quality of fit that Despos and Raphael have delivered. In fact, my Solito coats are several notches better. I haven't given any thought to returning for another and I wear the suit rarely, if ever.
post #11 of 19
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ET...I had Spano make up a suit for me in his (relatively) new soft-shouldered model last year. The cloth was a end of bolt Smith's worsted that was quite lovely and the cost was 65% off regular prices, so I bit.

In the end, the suit is nice but nowhere near the quality of fit that Despos and Raphael have delivered. In fact, my Solito coats are several notches better. I haven't given any thought to returning for another and I wear the suit rarely, if ever.

Thank you Andrew - just the sort of review I was hoping for. Very helpful.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post
Interesting side-story: Last August, I walked into the store of a tailor that I hadn't worked with in awhile. Right off the bat, he starts to make snippy little comments on the suit I had on. Happily, I let him go on for 2-3 minutes, before reminding him that he was the one who made it 2 years ago

That's awesome.
post #13 of 19
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Thank you Andrew - just the sort of review I was hoping for. Very helpful.

Glad to help ET. Truth be told ET, it's glorified MTM, no more no less.
post #14 of 19
I think he looks pretty cool.


post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post
Interesting side-story: Last August, I walked into the store of a tailor that I hadn't worked with in awhile. Right off the bat, he starts to make snippy little comments on the suit I had on. Happily, I let him go on for 2-3 minutes, before reminding him that he was the one who made it 2 years ago




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