Originally Posted by Tomboys
Years ago, I worked in a men's clothing store and one of the brands we carried was Belvest. Back then, most people were used to the US sizing (40R, 42R, etc.) only. But, Belvest (and most european clothing) is sized in centimeters. So, our labels showed the closest US sizing equivalents (50cm = 39.5 inches and 52cm = 41 inches).
One day a couple walks in and the wife says that her husband is looking for a sport coat in size 40. So, I pull both the 39.5 and 41 for him to try on. The wife asks me why I pulled two different sizes of the same sport coat. I explain the sizing (as per above). She gets a little miffed and says that her husband is a perfect size 40 and that's what she wants. After a little bit of just letting her rant, she finally just sits down and lets me help the husband.
He tries on both the jackets and we (the tailor, the customer and myself) all agree that the 41 fit the best. At that point, wifey gets all up and arms and says that her husband is a size 40 and that a size 41 is too large. So, the husband says he'll take the 39.5 instead and the tailor does the alterations.
The couple comes back a week after they pick up the SC. Wifey goes directly over to the owner and asks him what size coat is equivalent to a US size 40. The owner responds by repeating exactly the same as I explained above, but he adds that generally he finds that most people who are a size 40 fit into a 41 better. At that point, wifey says that I purposely fit her husband into the wrong size (39.5) and that I didn't know what I was doing. The owner apologizes and swaps out the 39.5 for a 41.
When the couple left, I explained to the owner what happened when I sold them the SC. He smiled, laughed and said, "Welcome to retail."
Another time, a customer walked in to buy a suit. He was about 6'2" and fit into a 41L perfectly. He finds a suit that he loves and I call down the tailor to have it fitted. As the tailor is fitting him, the customer states that he wants the suit to also fit his brother in case he wants to borrow it. We both try to explain to him that it would compromise the fit. The customer states that his brother is very close to his proportions and he doesn't mind if the fit is somewhat compromised, so we wait for his brother to show. As his brother walks into the store, we see that he was about 5'9" and weighed 250 lbs. The look on the tailor's face was priceless...
And stupid grown man who wants his grown brother to wear/borrow his suits. Only teenage girls share and borrow clothing, not grown men.
Originally Posted by Metlin
I didn't want to dignify your idiocy with a serious response, but I did want to ask you if you've trouble tying your shoe laces.
I can tie my shoe laces just fine. I can also tie a bow tie.
Originally Posted by musicguy
The funny thing about wool is that, yes, some people have a lanolin allergy... But with suits, the only place that the wool is actually touching is your legs. I doubt most people with lanolin allergies are affected by wearing lined sport coats made out of wool.
Right on, brother!
Originally Posted by CYstyle
high end stores actually tend to attract riff raff and young kids who like to come in and try on stuff they don't intend to buy, to mess around, take pics of stuff they try on and leave.
You said it, brother!