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post #16 of 72
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

You are a cruel man to envision the OP spending a lifetime in a Black Label suit.
It might be more merciful to be hanged.

I sold one last year to a fellow who I thought at the time looked to be 60 or so salt and pepper hair, 38r fit him right off the rack just fine.

Guy came back the other day to buy a new suit. This time he looked like Mr. burns from the Simpsons. He had to get a 36s this time. I wonder if he spent the past year doing hard labor in Siberia.
post #17 of 72
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

Then ask her if she's gained weight and tell her you don't like her mom.

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and, f corbera, killing it in this here thread.
post #18 of 72
srs tho. jai, if you can afford it (meaning you wont go broke over it) and you are happy, its worth it. over time you can learn how to find discounted items that fit well, but its fine to start the way you did to have something you enjoy wearing. as to the wife, she will get over it, i assure you.
post #19 of 72
No problem paying retail once in awhile. Retail offers you better selection and immediate satisfaction. Hunting for bargains can often cost more time than something is worth and time is money. Congratulations on your purchase and enjoy your suit in good health. Welcome to Styleforum.
post #20 of 72
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

No problem paying retail once in awhile. Retail offers you better selection and immediate satisfaction. Hunting for bargains can often cost more time than something is worth and time is money. Congratulations on your purchase and enjoy your suit in good health. Welcome to Styleforum.

Spot on, in some respects, the worse the deal, the better the selection.
post #21 of 72
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

Are you happy with it, can you still afford to eat? Have you still got enough money left to pay the rent, utility bills, credit card bills, car payments, loans, school fees, divorce attorneys, alimony etc.?

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post #22 of 72
Hard to say how you should deal with the wife, but yes, I think you did fine. This wasn't an impulse purchase. You did your research. You shopped around. Sometimes, a garment speaks to you, and if this one did after you did all that, you should have no regrets. For all the folks say about this about this brand and that about that brand, it still boils down to fit, and it is way better to wear JAB that fits than Brioni that does not, and that's where good SA's come in--they'll do their best to stop someone from walking out the door in a suit that doesn't work for them. It sounds like you found one, and a good SA is rare as hen's teeth these days. Ideally, clothing purchases should be built on relationships, and those relationships are really hard to establish these days because everyone already knows, or thinks they know, what they want, and there is no value placed on knowledgeable SA's who take the time to ask the right questions, look at you, look at the what's on the rack and really help put something together that will keep you coming back. Parenthetically, the same is often true of tailors. A lot of folks seem to just think of tailors as alteration machines instead of partners in achieving sartorial perfection. Good tailors are usually not the cheapest, but they are always the most valuable.

And good luck with the wife. My own has been infinitely patient as clothes became important to me after we were already established, and so I am very fortunate. Everyone should be so lucky.
post #23 of 72
Even though I've never paid more than 50% of retail in building my wardrobe, I'd say Its the wife that's the problem in this scenario, not the suit at full price.

Unless of course, you are financialy irresponsible, unemployed and living on her money, compulsive gambler, using one credit card to pay the minimum payment on another, house poor.....etc.

Otherwise man-up and grow a pair, and buy a few more suits at full price just to rub it in. Divorces are cheaper in the long run if you replace her with a 25 year old trust fund baby. biggrin.gif
post #24 of 72

Of course you did the right thing.

 

If you did not pay full dollar for it, it would never become available to us at 80% discount in the B/S forum at some future date when you finally realize that the other suit you are going to see in a Saks tomorrow is actually what you really did want in the first place.

 

In fact, I am already willing to offer you 80% off the retail price right now.

 

 

post #25 of 72

If it looks good on you, if you want it and have the money to pay for it, by all means pay retail. There's nothing to be ashamed of it.

post #26 of 72
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Originally Posted by Birks and Grey Socks View Post

Even though I've never paid more than 50% of retail in building my wardrobe, I'd say Its the wife that's the problem in this scenario, not the suit at full price.
Unless of course, you are financialy irresponsible, unemployed and living on her money, compulsive gambler, using one credit card to pay the minimum payment on another, house poor.....etc.
Otherwise man-up and grow a pair, and buy a few more suits at full price just to rub it in. Divorces are cheaper in the long run if you replace her with a 25 year old trust fund baby. biggrin.gif

do not do this.
post #27 of 72

If you build a really smart wardrobe around it, and wear it with some regularity then you (and she) will appreciate the purchase.

 

OTOH, if you feel like crap when you wear it and you don't have anything of equal caliber to go with it, then you will never wear it and it will look like crap when you do. And it will be on BST shortly.

 

 

post #28 of 72
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

Youth soccer has ruined this nation's martial spirit.

hahahahah snarky but true.

As a thrifting diehard and crusty New England skinflint working the outlets/discount stores, etc. all I have to say is: Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Paying full retail and getting excellent service for an unworn suit is the experience us thrift/discount store thread people are trying to replicate and spend an awful lot of time and energy in trips all around go knows where (and cruising B&S, eBay, etc when we're at home). We hit that nirvana one out of 100 times and otherwise burn too much life bandwidth failing at it.

Congrats. U no schmuck. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #29 of 72
"Good-Fast-Cheap" or if you'd prefer; "Quality - Service - Price"....choose 2 because all 3 typically don't go together!

You purchased a high quality item and received good service - there's your two - so don't beat yourself up over the price. A suit is a substantial purchase which needs care and attention (both the suit and the act of purchasing) and you seem to have both here, don't second guess yourself. I am now at a point in my life whereby I am prepared to pay more for quality and service as long as I can justify it within my means. Sometimes you end up making a purchase of something that isn't critical to your survival on this earth and consequently you experience "buyer's remorse" - that is understandable and expected. You obviously like the suit and have done your research prior to buying it so I say hang on to it (provided you can still buy groceries and make your mortgage payment this month!), otherwise you'll regret letting it go later. Also, it seems to me that you may now have a good contact and resource in your Barney's salesman who you can visit and build a trusting relationship over time, this will do nothing but benefit you in the long run.

Now, in regard to your wife's disdain; does she by chance have a designer handbag or two kicking around? (this seems to be a prerequisite for most "modern" women I see...) Have you ever looked at the bag and thought "what a waste of money, its only a freekin' bag!"? - there's your recourse! Ha!

Keep the suit and rock it as often as you can!

Cheers
post #30 of 72

Nah don't worry about it, whenever I get the chance I'd pay for retail.

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