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post #16 of 34
Not sure of the full range of Atlanta menswear stores, but Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren are right next to each other in the Lenox Mall.
post #17 of 34
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From painful, painful personal experience - bespoke is not something you cheap out on. If you can't afford it, focus on improving yourself so that someday you can.

3 years on, I see the wisdom of foo in taking a bespoke shortcut and going straight to R, but simultaneously acknowledge that he did hard time with Oxxford MTM and various RTW.

Don't do the half-arsed impatient Gen Y thing (like I did) and go to a miracle cheapo bespoke tailor with a laundry list of things they should do... that better tailors do as SOP. They are cheap for a reason, and that reason is never the intrinsic quality.

Far more often than not you'll just end up with a garment which you'll end up eventually... hating.

Amen dude. You can't skimp on bespoke and expect a flawless garment. The top-shelved tailors are highly regarded for obvious reasons.
post #18 of 34
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What are thoughts on the best fabric materials for year around wear? Would linen be too light - period - or might it be feasible since I live in Atlanta where it is hot 3/4 of the year? And would a light blue be best reserved for spring and summer?
post #19 of 34
At the risk of sounding like a smartass - depends on the linen. Linen comes in many different weights/weaves. Linen will wrinkle at lighter weights and rumple at heavier weights - it's an (IMO) casual cloth so its suitability may vary for you.

If you want something that is 'versatile' yet not as ubiquitous as the dark navy blazer the solution is simple - get a light navy one. There are many shades out there - some here like 'air force' blue, others 'light navy', and yet others other shades.

IMO a good weave for 'multiple season' wear would be something lighter, breathable (i.e. porous weave) and wool-based, maybe with a touch of mohair. You will have to compromise and decide whether you want this to be a spring-summer-autumn jacket or a autumn-winter-spring jacket because no fabric is going to be comfortable to wear in all 4 seasons. Don't get a flat finish worsted fabric or you will look to the SF folk like you are wearing an orphaned suit jacket.

Talk to your tailor if you are getting this made up.
post #20 of 34
Bumping a semi-old thread here... if both Sid's house brand blazer and RLBL blazers are made by Caruso, is it safe to assume that both will have similar construction and quality, though the SM blazer retails fire more than $400.00 less? Can anyone who has worn both comment on the cuts?
post #21 of 34
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Bumping a semi-old thread here... if both Sid's house brand blazer and RLBL blazers are made by Caruso, is it safe to assume that both will have similar construction and quality, though the SM blazer retails fire more than $400.00 less? Can anyone who has worn both comment on the cuts?

Have not worn either, but based on what I know about each: RLBL will be significantly more structured in the shoulder, probably have a lower button stance and slightly thinner lapels; SM will have a softer, natural shoulder and ticket pocket (not sure if RLBL has this); SM will likely be shorter.
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by CR78 View Post

Bumping a semi-old thread here... if both Sid's house brand blazer and RLBL blazers are made by Caruso, is it safe to assume that both will have similar construction and quality, though the SM blazer retails fire more than $400.00 less? Can anyone who has worn both comment on the cuts?

Caruso makes at different levels. So no, it's not a safe assumption. They might be equal, but doubtful.
post #23 of 34
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Caruso makes at different levels. So no, it's not a safe assumption. They might be equal, but doubtful.

Labor costs aren't really a factor, so what could account for the $400 difference?
post #24 of 34
caruso doesn't make sid's house brand, its still an italian make thats fully canvassed
post #25 of 34
Thread Starter 
I ended up going with Sid's house blazer. Very satisfied thus far. Major part of the decision was the service. They helped me shop around (i.e. even told me which people to talk to at which stores) , and everything comparable at different places around ATL was similarly priced. I liked Sid's the best + they had the best service - kind of makes it a no brainer. Will post pics later if people are interested.
post #26 of 34

Yes, please post pics!

post #27 of 34
Apparently I drive by Sid Mashburn's Atlanta location all the time (mostly for my weekly Taqueria del Sol fix), but never knew about that store. I'm going to have to stop in and have a look. Good place for MTM shirts?
post #28 of 34
MTM shirts are $155 a pop.
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caruso doesn't make sid's house brand, its still an italian make thats fully canvassed

+1. They used to have some SCs made by Caruso, but now the house brand is made by a small factory in Southern Italy.
post #29 of 34
they still do have sportcoats made by caruso...and sartorio
post #30 of 34
Thread Starter 
Below are some pics. Please disregard the Movember stache haha. Pretty shoddy lighting, but I took these on my way out the door for work. It's navy, but looks almost black in these pics. My shirt sleeves are also a bit short so not showing as much cuff as I'd like at the moment. The blazer ran $895. @Bournonbasted - the $995 one is another jacket that comes with pants. They are both SM house brand, but I liked this one a bit more - softer material.

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