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post #166 of 505
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Originally Posted by JeffsWood View Post
For me I am not sure a $2000 - $3000 suit is better than a $1000-$1500 suit. I find once you can spend enough to get out of the department store fused suit and into a full canvas suit spending more money starts to have demising returns.

I agree with you on the diminishing returns, and the biggest quality jump IMHO is around the one-grand mark or so. But even still, a good $3g suit will knock a good $1g suit out of the water. I picked up some Isaia suits on Sierra Trading Post, and man are they nice.

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Originally Posted by Roger View Post
As for new suits, I think I might recommend a different route than that suggested by Doc4. ... I might recommend that you find a good online seller (some given below) and buying a new and really good RTW suit, with alterations done locally.

I had contemplated making that suggestion too, but since he seemed a bit too new to buying suits, I suspected he'd be cautious about internet shopping.

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Originally Posted by 87Suited View Post
Online appears to have the best deals available, but as Fez mentioned, I am pretty new to this whole suit business so I'm kind of hesitant to dive into the world of online purchases. perhaps once I figure out my size and cut.
*cough*
Both my suits were bought at Harry Rosen (one is an Arnold Brandt and the other is Hugo Boss). I got a couple of JP Tilford shirts, a couple of hugo boss shirts, and a couple of Coppley trousers. As a new buyer I gave the salesman some basic info (# of buttons, single pleat, single breasted, colour etc.) and let him do the rest. I was fairly happy with the results and the service, but having never been to any other suit stores I can't really compare the experience. Wherever I do go for a suit I will definitely many different brands as you guys have mentioned. I will likely go to a Harry/Holt/Dunn's but they all seem a little over my current budget. If anyone has any suggestions on good mid-range stores in Vancouver I'd love to hear them.


Having owned both a Hugo Boss suit and a few Arnold Brandt suits, I can say the're pretty decent. One potential benefit here, though, is that you can check the fit of your AB suit and see if you like the fit ... and then use that to buy AB suits online as Roger suggested & get them tailored locally. Each brand will tend to have its own interpretation of a given size &c, but if you know you fit well into an AB 40R (or 42T or 38S or ... you get the idea) you can buy more AB suits of that size with relative confidence. Sierra Trading Post usually has a pretty decent assortment of AB suits for a few hundred bucks or so ... http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Arnold-Brant.html
post #167 of 505
You could try the Buy and sell for a good suit deal? Lot of new items pop up on there for great deals.
post #168 of 505
dupe
post #169 of 505
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Originally Posted by Viktri View Post
Jeff, are you refering to Samuelsohn MTM or the OTR? (at under $1k)

I sent an email to HR and received a reply on Jul 29 08 for price quotes in Vancouver HR (DT and Oakridge).



The trunk sales are in September aproximately with an expected 25% off these prices iirc.
But at that price I could get a Chan suit so I'm still debating.


Samuelsohn OTR can be found for under $1K at Harry Rosen or around $500 at STP. Sammys MTM at Harry's are around $1200 in the fall during the trunk sale (depending on Fabric Etc)
post #170 of 505
Today I ended up visiting two Vancouver Tailors:

1. Samson’s in Yaletown - http://www.stevesamson.org
I had to stop in to see Steve Samson to have a fitting on a MTM dinner jacket and pick up some shirts he made for me. The dinner jacket was a spur of the moment order, as I was in need of a new one and I got talking to Steve and he said he have one made up for me in time for an event I had coming up. Before I go on I should say the Samson's seems to operate a bit like a MTM middle man, Steve measures you up, finds out what you want and then sends the order out to one of several makers. When the suit comes back, he makes adjustments etc. So he is able to offer a pretty broad range of quality depending on what you want to spend. The DJ I ordered was not a top of the line job, I didn’t pick out fabric that was expensive and stuck with basic inexpensive DJ. My first look at it was pretty positive, the style was nice, overall good workmanship, fit was about 7/10 for the first fitting. After it has a bit of work done to it, I would think it will get up to 9/10 (I don't own anything that would be a 10/10 and I am not sure I could, even with bespoke suit). I also have a suit on order with him, again nothing too high end, but for the money I spent I would expect it to compare favorably to my Samuelsohn MTM suits. For the suit, I had enough time that Steve actually measured me up, and then he cuts a pattern, makes it of canvass, does a fitting, adjusts the pattern and sends it off to be made. I think it will be still another week or so before I can do a fitting on this suit, but I am looking forward to see how it turned out given how nice the DJ turned out.

I also had Steve make me some shirts. I can say that the shirts I have bought from Steve are hands down the best dress shirts I own, and the last five were again great. Steve was the first MTM shirt maker I have ever used, and for some reason I then when out and gave several others a try, now that I am back to Steve, and don't plan to buy a dress shirt anywhere else again. The fit is great for me, the fabric selection is great, and the price is perfect. My last 5 shirt order came in around $350. Now I got returning costumer/multi shirt deal, but even at $100 more this is still great value. If you have a chance I would give him shirt order to try him out. His operation isn't really set up for pop in traffic, so I would call him up and set up a time to come in. When you do go and see him, I would make sure you leave enough time to have a good chat with him about the tailoring business. When I first started using him, I can't say we ever really connected, but now that I have had a few good chats with I really enjoy coming to see him and chatting with him about the clothes. If anyone wants more info drop me a PM

2. Oakridge
Right after my visit with Steve, I popped into see Joy as she had a Canali Sport Jacket that was doing some work on for me. I think many on this board of used Joy a fair amount, I can say that just in the last three months she done work on 5 or 6 suits and jackets for me and never disjointed. She managed to make the Canali jacket into a great fit for me. I have to say it is nice to know I have Joy in my back pocket, as it makes pulling the trigger on a good OTR internet deal much easier as I know she can turn a jacket with a decent fit in to one with a great fit.
post #171 of 505
+1 to Oakridge Tailors.

I had William at Oakridge do some significant alterations to an over sized raincoat. The results were excellent.

Communication, which seems to be the problem with a lot of tailors, was easy. Also, despite being very busy, he had the coat back to me in three days.
post #172 of 505
I wanted to bump this thread to ask this question:

Has anybody in Vancouver tried this company: www.theperfectshirt.ca

They seem to have decent pricing and some nice options for their shirts. I have been working with another local MTM shirt maker but I wanted to have a backup in case it doesn't go well.
post #173 of 505
I posted this on WAYWN thread, but I thought I would give Joy a plug over here:

I picked up the Samuelsohn of the B & S for $200. My plan was to check it out, if the fit was good out of the box, I would not touch it, if it was not great, I was going to let Joy have at it:

Here is the before:





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Here is the after:



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She did a great job!

As you can see did the following work:

Pants ($80):
-Removed the double reverse pleats
-slimmed the pants
-took up the inseam

Jacket ($80 -$100)
-Slimmed the jacket (I am not sure of the details, but she took allot of fabric out, raised the armholes, took in the waist ect)

The prices are be memory, but it came it under $200.
post #174 of 505
Wow, I really like what she did to that jacket.
post #175 of 505
That's some major alteration work! I've had Joy do a few smaller things, but haven't known whether to trust more substantial work to her--not because of any complaints about her work, but more because of her age and relative inexperience. I think it's impressive that she could take on de-pleating a pair of trousers. From the pictures, it looks as though she narrowed the shoulders somewhat, although it's hard to be absolutely sure about that as there is no 'after' picture from the back. The 'before' picture from the back shows a lot of extra fabric there. One question I might raise here: Are you sure that you want that much waist suppression? From the 'after' pictures, it appears that the jacket is really pulling at the button that is being used, evidenced by the deep horizontal creases at that point that shouldn't be there. The jacket is just not draping naturally, but instead is being pulled in a way that it is resisting. In the 'before' pictures of the front, the jacket draped much more naturally. Just a thought.
post #176 of 505
Agree that's a very solid job overall.

As an aside, I called up Oakridge to inquire about getting buttonholes put in some jackets and it sounds like farm out buttonhole work to Modernize Tailors (the fabled Chinatown operations). Small world.
post #177 of 505
+1 to Oakridge Tailors. I've used William & Joy a few times after trying several different tailors in Richmond. Dealt mainly with William who's been very helpful. Started with mostly simple stuff: taking in some shirts & hemming pants. Recently had them shorten a jacket and did a great job. Also took one shirt to them that they opened up and trimmed both the sleeves and body.

One thing that I was very impressed with: I always have to have my shoulders squared in a jacket, and due to a low right side it never turns out perfectly the first time, no matter how good the tailor. Biggest problem is that as the person wearing the jacket, I can never see the roll myself - so I need someone else to tell me if the collar is laying flat. The other tailors I've used all say "it's fine" after altering it, even when it's really not - obviously not wanting to do it again. Had Oakridge do a jacket and immediatly after putting it on William is repinning it for the 2nd go around. I appreciate knowing that I can trust them to do it right, even if it takes a little longer.
post #178 of 505
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Originally Posted by Roger View Post
That's some major alteration work! I've had Joy do a few smaller things, but haven't known whether to trust more substantial work to her--not because of any complaints about her work, but more because of her age and relative inexperience. I think it's impressive that she could take on de-pleating a pair of trousers. From the pictures, it looks as though she narrowed the shoulders somewhat, although it's hard to be absolutely sure about that as there is no 'after' picture from the back. The 'before' picture from the back shows a lot of extra fabric there. One question I might raise here: Are you sure that you want that much waist suppression? From the 'after' pictures, it appears that the jacket is really pulling at the button that is being used, evidenced by the deep horizontal creases at that point that shouldn't be there. The jacket is just not draping naturally, but instead is being pulled in a way that it is resisting. In the 'before' pictures of the front, the jacket draped much more naturally. Just a thought.

I see what you saying, in both pics I am pulling open the jacket (not sure why, just how I happend to pose). I take some pics the next time I wear that suit as I think it more of a moment caught in time rather then a flaw.
post #179 of 505
It looks like you lost 30 pounds and gained 4 inches from the first set of pics.
post #180 of 505
Hello I may be a little bias so have a look.

google suitmakers in Vancouver and see no commercial reviews on Ikarma.
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