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I realize that there's been many threads made around this topic, and i've searched and read through most of them, but the information offered seems to be conflicting and very dated. So if anyone took the time to answer my questions, I would be most grateful.

 

Im looking for a nice tuxedo to wear, and dont mind spending a little. I live in a rather working-class town at the moment, and there are no good upmarket shops for me to buy from, so I have to rely on online shopping. I initially wanted to get a Dior Homme suit but their selection of tuxedos online verge on being non-existent.


I found this online though

 

http://www.mrporter.com/product/335118

 

But it's only half-canvassed and seems ridiculously expensive considering Dior goes for the roughly same price (or slightly more).

 

My question is, does half-canvassing (when done well, I assume Balenciaga does it properly) make that much of a difference compared to full? Should I just take a train down to a Dior boutique and get a Dior tux instead? Thank you so much!

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How much qualifies as "don't mind spending a little?"

The link redirects to the Mr. Porter homepage, so I couldn't see the tuxedo. How much does it cost?

Full-canvassed makes a difference, but in itself it's not enough to justify a huge price-hike compared to half-canvassed IMO.

 

How many times are you going to wear the tuxedo? If you're buying it for what's likely to be a one-time use, then you may want to turn the enthusiasm down a notch and not break the bank.

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How much qualifies as "don't mind spending a little?"

The link redirects to the Mr. Porter homepage, so I couldn't see the tuxedo. How much does it cost?

Full-canvassed makes a difference, but in itself it's not enough to justify a huge price-hike compared to half-canvassed IMO.

 

How many times are you going to wear the tuxedo? If you're buying it for what's likely to be a one-time use, then you may want to turn the enthusiasm down a notch and not break the bank.


Well, I was looking at a fashion-y (not the outrageous Dsquared kind, just that I probably wouldnt mind flap pockets), slim fit tuxedo and can spend about $3000-$4000 USD. Im not going for Brioni etc etc as those brands design more for older working adults.

 

 

This is the Balenciaga Slim-Fit Wool Tuxedo, retails for £1,635, half canvassed.

 

Ill probably be using it 2-3 times a year for the next 3 years, So I would prefer to buy something nice. The problem is this Balenciaga, although I really adore the cutting and fit, seems to be very expensive for what it is -Lanvin has a more boxy fitting fully canvassed one for £1,300 and Dior goes for £1,800-£2,200. I was wondering If I should hence just topup the difference and go for a Dior instead

post #4 of 5
Honestly dude, I think you should go for neither. Kent Wang will make you a MTM Tuxedo with all the trimmings (pick-stitching, full canvass, etc.) in Zegna caliber fabrics for around $900 USD.

You can pick your fabric and have every detail you might want made to your measurements.

He also sells a matching bow tie and cummerbund should you wish it.
post #5 of 5
^i agree with the recommendation for Kent Wang, or possibly some other local MTM service. Those prices for those tuxedos are very high. I don't even know if they are particularly good quality. I think you are paying for the name.
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