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Where to get good suit-buying advice in Toronto / GTA

post #1 of 11
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I have always depended on the opinion of salesmen to help fit a suit. But, I feel like I've always been steered wrong by them and never ended up with a suit that truly fit me the way I feel good about.

 

I'm new to Toronto, and don't know where to go to find an affordable decent-good quality suit for <$800, at a place that is staffed by people I can truly trust to give me a good opinion of how the suit should look and fit.

 

I casually walked in to the Hugo Boss outlet in Vaughan, and didn't like the way the suit I liked fit. The salesman told me it was supposed to fit exactly like it did - but he was shoe-horned into something that looked way too small for him, so my faith in his advise was about zero lol.

 

Does anyone have some advice on where I can go to get GOOD advice on buying a suit? At $800 I can't afford anything overly fancy. But, I want to feel good about my purchase, and not just walk into Zara or something.

 

I work crazy hours and have limited time to run around all over the place only to be disappointed, and I don't have a lot of available cash right now, so I also can't afford to make a mistake and blow $800 on something that isn't the right suit for me.

 

I've read so many reviews on places it's making my head spin. I have arbitrarily narrowed it down to the Harry Rosen Outlet in Mississauga and GotStyle in Downtown Toronto. But I don't have any real logic behind picking these two places lol. I like Harry Rosen, and figure maybe I can afford something in their Outlet store. GotStyle just seems to be a name that pops up a lot.

 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! And any tips on how to know when the salesman is wrong would be great too LOL. I work in a sales driven industry, and know from experience that often "the right product is the one I have available to sell you today."

 

PS. Crossing the border isn't an option right now. I'll have to suck it up and pay Canadian prices and go shopping south of the border in the spring.

post #2 of 11
are you absolutely set on sticking to <$800? i would really recommend you save a little more and have something made at sydney's on queen st. west. for less than $1200 you'll get a well-made, impeccably fitted suit, plus a shirt and tie.
post #3 of 11

Haven't been there in a year or two, but I have had many a successful purchase from Tom's Place in Kensington Market.  Not a posh store or location, but quality product, knowledgeable staff and very competitive prices.

 

If you can bump your budget up even to $1k you will open up some better options.

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How long would it take Sydney's to deliver the suit from the day I first walk in? Ballpark.

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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Haven't been there in a year or two, but I have had many a successful purchase from Tom's Place in Kensington Market.  Not a posh store or location, but quality product, knowledgeable staff and very competitive prices.

 

If you can bump your budget up even to $1k you will open up some better options.

 

I could come up to $1000. What doors does this open? Specifically I'd like to find a place that has good staff to help me fit something well and alter it accordingly. I've heard a mixed bag of reviews about Tom's Place, so I'm a little hesitant. My clothes purchasing skill is not such that I can wade through junk and find gems, or know how to debate correct styles and fit with a salesman.

 

I could potentially handle $1200 - but I'm a little concerned about going custom. Is there something I can try on before I commit to it? Or do they create something for me based on my measurements and I just have to hope I like it?

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I walked into Tom's place a while back, enjoying a calm afternoon and looking for an outerwear coat. I left fumingly angry because of the sales staff hounding me incessantly. Seriously, it says something that they can ruin my mood on a nice fall day (*ahem* probably says something about both me and them...).

 

I don't know anything about Sydney's. Rego bespoke (Exchange Tower) is doing coppley MtM starting at $899, and according to them delivery times are about 6 weeks right now. Also, if you can wait, Suitsupply is opening in Toronto in Q1 2013.

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I walked into Tom's place a while back, enjoying a calm afternoon and looking for an outerwear coat. I left fumingly angry because of the sales staff hounding me incessantly. Seriously, it says something that they can ruin my mood on a nice fall day (*ahem* probably says something about both me and them...).

I don't know anything about Sydney's. Rego bespoke (Exchange Tower) is doing coppley MtM starting at $899, and according to them delivery times are about 6 weeks right now. Also, if you can wait, Suitsupply is opening in Toronto in Q1 2013.

SUITSUPPLY IS COMING TO TORONTO?????
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Originally Posted by jamesphw View Post

I walked into Tom's place a while back, enjoying a calm afternoon and looking for an outerwear coat. I left fumingly angry because of the sales staff hounding me incessantly. Seriously, it says something that they can ruin my mood on a nice fall day (*ahem* probably says something about both me and them...).

 

I don't know anything about Sydney's. Rego bespoke (Exchange Tower) is doing coppley MtM starting at $899, and according to them delivery times are about 6 weeks right now. Also, if you can wait, Suitsupply is opening in Toronto in Q1 2013.

 

The grey Brioni suit on their site is pretty well exactly what I'm looking for! I'll have to check this place out. But 6 week lead time... Maybe that's typical? I was hoping to be wearing a new suit to work pretty quickly lol.

 

I'm planning a career change and will be interviewing come Jan/Feb. So, maybe it's not a stupid idea to get a really nice suit made that'll be ready coinciding with that time.

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The grey Brioni suit on their site is pretty well exactly what I'm looking for! I'll have to check this place out. But 6 week lead time... Maybe that's typical? I was hoping to be wearing a new suit to work pretty quickly lol.

 

I'm planning a career change and will be interviewing come Jan/Feb. So, maybe it's not a stupid idea to get a really nice suit made that'll be ready coinciding with that time.

 

I don't think you're going to get the Brioni suit close to your price range...

post #10 of 11
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LOL. I realize that ;-)

Today I blew my clothing budget on a couple of ties, a dress shirt, and a bunch of casual shirts so I can look decent when I go out with my wife. And got her some new pants.

I went from not worrying about cost (pre-2009) to losing almost everything with the tanking economy, to slowly clawing our way back out of the hole. I simply can't bring myself to "settle" on a suit that isn't what I want. I feel embarrassed when someone suggests I "save up some more" because I DO realize that $400 isn't all that much. I've eaten steaks in Belgium that almost cost that LOL.

So, in the spring I'll just restart my search and go into it with a $2000-3000 budget or so and figure out where to go at that time.

I know myself and my tastes too well. Even if I go to one of these great tailors that might be $1200 for a MTM suit - I'll end up saying "well what about that material? Well I want this too. And that." It won't be a $1200 suit for long!

I'll make do with what I have, and in Feb/March I'll try again :-)

Thanks guys!
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SUITSUPPLY IS COMING TO TORONTO?????

Yup. See here: http://us.suitsupply.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-US-Site/en_US/Stores-Details?StoreID=stores-Toronto
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