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Wedding suit shopping in Chicago

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I need to take a friend shopping tomorrow for a suit for his wedding. Its a pretty casual non-traditional ceremony but I'm imagining its still got to be something akin to a solid charcoal or maybe navy suit.

Budget is probably not all that high. I can't imagine it being stretched past $1000 and it would probably like to be a fair bit lower. Not sure what my best bets in the price range would be. He's in good shape and reasonably tall. Maybe something like J Crew on the bottom end and BB 1818 on the top (with a corporate account most of them come to just a bit below 1k after tax although he probably doesn't want to spend that).
Not really sure what falls in the middle of that range that is available in stores to try on, buy, and get altered (got no time to troll B&S/ebay or do some mid-range MTM)--polo blue label? rugby? Stuff like hickey freeman on sale at nordstrom rack?

Any suggestions on stores in downtown chicago that we should be looking at? Anyone having good promos/sales? (I or someone else might be willing to pick up another suit if there was something like a 2-for-$XXX deal on something nice).

Good tailor to take it to after purchase?
post #2 of 12
Too bad Suit Supply in Chicago hasn't opened yet...but yea BB is a good first place to stop by.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Oh, I didn't know suit supply was opening up a chicago location. That would be perfect....any idea when they are opening? Wedding's not until the middle of July so there is still some time (although we already vetoed flying to NYC to visit some friends and shop at Suit Supply and other NY shops)
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Too bad Suit Supply in Chicago hasn't opened yet...but yea BB is a good first place to stop by.


Go with the BB first, most likely you'll find something suitable.

post #5 of 12
Idk...but you could call and they might have some info. They also have free shipping both ways - so you could always just order some to try on and send em back if they don't work.
post #6 of 12
BB has 25% off through tomorrow. If you're on their mail list they sent one this morning. When I went to the BB on Michigan the service was abysmal, especially taking into account that I was there on a Wednesday at 11 a.m.
post #7 of 12
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Yeah, I usually have much better experiences at the Lasalle St BB.

Now, lets say BB doesn't work out. What other places should I be looking at?
post #8 of 12
Saks and Neiman-Marcus are having sales. Syd Jerome on LaSalle and Madison has some suits for less than $1000.
Mark Shale in 900 N Michigan has suits in that price range.

Not downtown but try Off 5th (in Northbrook, Schaumburg and Gurnee) and NM Last Call (Gurnee). 40% off suits at Off 5th. The house brand is ok at that price. They also have a few Armani and Versace. The Off 5th shirts are a good buy at 1/2 off.

Black cap-toes are $189 less 30%. Decent shoes at that price. Brioni ties are $99 and Zegna ties are $69, both less 30%,.

I saw a nice Kiton shirt $1000, marked down to $200. Blue Saks shirts were in clearance for $10.

BTW, the cloth for the suits are from Zegna but the suits are not made by Zegna.

Good luck.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by tullytra View Post

BB has 25% off through tomorrow. If you're on their mail list they sent one this morning. When I went to the BB on Michigan the service was abysmal, especially taking into account that I was there on a Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Yes, me too. They treat me like a kid, literally said I need to shop at a kids store to get a suit that fits me. Meanwhile, I know I fit exceptionally well OTR at Rugby and RLBL in a 36R. When i bring up that fact and asked them about their slimmer cut lines, they said its a good idea to go to RL instead because all they can offer me is advice to go t the Childrens section and they gave me the number to a store that had Children's wear for BB

IMO go to Paul Stuart, service was exceptional - they really want to help you and get you into one of their suits as comfortably as possible.
post #10 of 12

 There is a Nordstrom Rack that opened just off Michigan Ave. Maybe you could have some luck there if not for the suit then the rest of what's needed.

post #11 of 12
Why not give Club Monaco a try? Their suits are far better made than they were a few years ago when I lost popped in, around $500 price point, and I believe made in the US.

The cut is a little funny and may not work for your friend, but why not give it a shot? Also, their sale racks are usually quite good for slacks, sweaters, shirts, etc.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ended up starting out at Syd Jerome because we felt it would have a variety of different cuts and salesmen who were reasonably knowledgeable. From there after trying on some stuff, it was clear that he was willing to go a bit higher in the budget. Had a charcoal Canali that was #1 for most of the day but the color was a bit too light and I thought the pants would need too much major surgery to slim them down. Salesmen were good but a little pushy...you can tell how they make their sales to rich dudes with no knowledge...also watched one sell a wedding tux to a dude and his fiance...notch lapels only and even when the guy asked he poo-pooed the idea of notch and never brought one out (and I didn't see any shawl collars either), basically sold the guy a black suit frown.gif (but it did look good on him)

Tried a couple of other stores with no great successes. The fitzgerald 1818 at BB in the charcoal herringbone saxxon wool was great (and a deal on sale) but the single vent and a couple other nagging issues made it less desirable than paying more for the Canali. Also, the BB salesman sucked and kind of just blew us off.

Were gonna try a couple other stores but decided to wander into RL just to look even though we assumed RLBL would be cut too tight for him. Ended up being perfect. The jacket was almost perfect before alterations, the pants were already a great width, and the charcoal was a darker shade. Best, most attentive and knowledgeable sales person of the day too.


I also found out a few interesting things on myself...I will probably *never* fit both my chest and my shoulders into a stock RLBL suit...and there won't be enough tailoring room to fix it. I will have trouble doing it with a blue label (maybe if I gain a giant belly to pull the lapels out and make them lie flat down my giant beer belly)....but a 42R purple label is pretty dang close to fitting right. Too bad $4695 doesn't really fit in my pocket book (but now I know what to look for in B&S). Also *might* be able to fit a 52r (or was it 54...) isaia without the lapels puckering out if there is enough tailoring room.
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