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Are these Hickey-Freeman/Coppley deals worth it?

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My local Tailor(http://paulsimonco.com) has the two following deals and I'm considering pulling the trigger on one of them this coming week.

Deal One: They have an "Executive Package" which consists of 2 custom suits from Coppley with a specific range of fabrics (not sure what range yet) and 4 custom shirts from "Individualized Shirts"(http://individualizedshirts.com) with a specific range of fabrics for $1950.

Deal Two: They're having a Hickey-Freeman trunk show this week with $200 off suits.

I just wanted to know if what thoughts were as to whether or not the executive package is worth it. I've searched some posts with Coppley mentioned here on the forum and it seems as if the general consensus is that Coppley is pretty much an entry-level suit. If it is, what do you think of that price?

As for deal two, I know $200 off is always going to be good. I know I want to make sure they are canvased and not fused. Any other issues I want to make sure of? Is there a certain price point I should consider given the $200 off?

To give you a background on my situation, this will be my first custom suit purchase. My current default suit is by JAB (I'm still learning).
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Coppley has gotten decent reactions from folks on here - I do not have personal experience with them. Hickey is usually at least half canvas as a default and is a well-made, if not always exciting, suit. If you are just getting started, I might go with a single HF suit for two reasons: (i) minimimizes total outlay and maximizes learning; (ii) it is a better garment. Better to spend $1200-1400 (after the $200 discount) on a good suit than to get two suits of OK quality from Coppley before you know for sure what features you want to specify, etc. Once you get comfortable with the process of MTM, you can think about package deals, but my guess is that the fabric selection for the Coppley/Individualized bundle will restrict the value that you can really take away there.
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Originally Posted by Duveen
Coppley has gotten decent reactions from folks on here - I do not have personal experience with them. Hickey is usually at least half canvas as a default and is a well-made, if not always exciting, suit. If you are just getting started, I might go with a single HF suit for two reasons: (i) minimimizes total outlay and maximizes learning; (ii) it is a better garment. Better to spend $1200-1400 (after the $200 discount) on a good suit than to get two suits of OK quality from Coppley before you know for sure what features you want to specify, etc. Once you get comfortable with the process of MTM, you can think about package deals, but my guess is that the fabric selection for the Coppley/Individualized bundle will restrict the value that you can really take away there.
Hickey-Freeman in a men's store is usually a fully canvassed jacket. The half-canvassed stuff is labeled as Hickey-Freeman Collection, and is usually offered in department stores. These H-F Collection garments are the equal to Hart, Schaffner, and Marx (which owns H-F) and is the equal of Coppley. But I would not buy a fused suit, and that is what you get from Coppley. If you are going to bother with going the extra step for MTM, get something of lasting quality and that is the Hickey-Freeman in a Madison model. The trunk show prices are the best you will get for MTM. Hickey-Freeman on sale at a considerable discount means you get to pick from at best last season's goods.
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