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post #1 of 12
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Being new to men's fashion I have no clue what is a good price on some items, I found some of the following things and hope people can give me a few pointers. Thanks in advance

- Vivienne West wood coat - $469
- Canali sports coat - $400
- Oxxford suit - $800

Thanks again

Locke
post #2 of 12
No idea on the West piece, Canali sport coat for $400 seems about par for the course at a discounter, it may be a good deal if it is solid navy or charcoal. Oxxford suit for $800 is a good deal if again, solid navy/charcoal otherwise pretty normal for ebay/discounter.
post #3 of 12
What is a wood coat?

A Westwood coat for that price wouldn't be too bad.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
What is a wood coat? A Westwood coat for that price wouldn't be too bad.
Sorry typo, Vivivenne Westwood (never heard of her before tbh). Canali is a good charcoal, but I need to take the waist in a little bit and the sleaves. The Oxxford is a beige. What makes an Oxxford so great? Seemed a bit normal for a high end suit. Locke
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by lockey2k
The Oxxford is a beige. What makes an Oxxford so great? Seemed a bit normal for a high end suit.
Locke

it's extremely well made. no corners are cut.
post #6 of 12
A "good deal" is Not a "good deal" if it does not fit.
Most people will need some minor alterations for any RTW garment.

However, I would only caution you to be careful in buying clothing that cannot be altered to fit. The fit of a 42L can vary a great deal from manufacturer, and within lines of the same manufacturer.

Compounding that is that some styles have extreme and massive shoulder extensions. Others have very narrow waist fit. Some clothiers have decided that jackets should be about 1" longer. Others (Browne) promote very short clothing.

The answer is "It all depends."
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
The Westwood coat is a long winter coat. Random side thought (I'm amused how an English designer has her clothes made in Italy) I like the fit of the Vivienne Westwood, but its something I've never tried before. As a matter of personal taste, I usually go for a sharp armani coat, but I haven't seen a quality coat in a long time. The Canali is a a bit bigger on the waist than I like, I prefer a snug fit. But I was under the impression that you can take in the waist on a coat? Is that a difficult task for a tailor? The Oxxford fits, but not like a good glove. Thoughts and comments welcome and appreciated. Thanks to all those who responded earlier
post #8 of 12
You did well on that Westwood coat. Her pieces are highly sought after and have a cult-like following similar to Dior Homme, Agnes B, etc.

If it fits well, you got a nice deal.
post #9 of 12
Some Westwood stuff is delightfully quirky. If you like the style and it fits you, it's a good deal I would say.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by lockey2k
The Westwood coat is a long winter coat. Random side thought (I'm amused how an English designer has her clothes made in Italy) I like the fit of the Vivienne Westwood, but its something I've never tried before. As a matter of personal taste, I usually go for a sharp armani coat, but I haven't seen a quality coat in a long time. The Canali is a a bit bigger on the waist than I like, I prefer a snug fit. But I was under the impression that you can take in the waist on a coat? Is that a difficult task for a tailor? The Oxxford fits, but not like a good glove. Thoughts and comments welcome and appreciated. Thanks to all those who responded earlier
Taking the a jacket's waist is an easy alteration. About the only jacket alterations I won't try are shoulder width by any amount, any chest alteration other than _very_ small, and sleeve length when working buttonholes have been cut. Even the latter can be done from the shoulder, but it's expensive. Edit: My Oxxford suit is my favorite, by far, but most of their models don't fit me well. The Crest is the only model I'll wear.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by thinman
Taking the a jacket's waist is an easy alteration. About the only jacket alterations I won't try are shoulder width by any amount, any chest alteration other than _very_ small, and sleeve length when working buttonholes have been cut. Even the latter can be done from the shoulder, but it's expensive.

Edit: My Oxxford suit is my favorite, by far, but most of their models don't fit me well. The Crest is the only model I'll wear.

With those type of alterations and considering the price of the item, what type of tailor would you go to? Any recommendations for a good taylor in New York in midtown east that can handle the job. I think I'd QQ if my clothes got ruined.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Update - Also found a Isaia three piece suit in navy for $1000 even. If anyone is a size 40, FB has an Oxxford black suit for even $1000 and I think there is a 20% coupon floating around somewhere.
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