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Trip to Atlanta (Nashville, Birmingham) -- Mens Clothiers?

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There are so many well-informed posters here, I thought I would ask for some suggestions...

 

I have a business trip to Atlanta coming up and will be there a day or two.  I'd like to stop into a few clothing stores that are likely have a wide-ish selection of better makers/designers of OTR suits to get a sense of what fits my physique.  (5'10", 175, 42/43R, 34W, athletic, broad-ish shoulders/back.)  BrooksBrothers' 1818 Regent cut in 42R fits me pretty well.  There are not many upscale mens stores where I live, so I know almost nothing outside of BBs (which is having their F&F sale). And that brings me to my questions:

 

1.  For those familiar with Atlanta, is there a (nonBB) store or two you'd recommend?  I'd like to try on suit jackets, which are the most challenging part of a good fit for me.  Although if I go to a 43R, the pants tend to need a good bit of alteration.

 

2.  Same question for Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL -- I expect my travels will take me there as well.

 

3.  Any suggestions for makers/cuts of suits that are not particularly fashion-forward but tend toward the current/conservative with softer shoulders, higher armholes and good waist suppression?  I would expect that a decent quality suit would retail in the up-to-$1500 range.  I am definitely on a budget and keep my eyes open in the forum's B&S marketplace; but, candidly, it's of limited use to me because I don't know how the vast majority of those suits would fit.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 26
Sid Mashburn is generally considered the go-to men's shop in Atlanta. I believe its house-label suits run around $1,000.00 and are Caruso-made (or maybe it's the next step up ?).
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^Mashburn's house label is no longer made by Caruso. They have some in-house Caruso offerings, but it's not their house maker. Their current maker is a small Southern Italian maker that really only does mass-production for them. In any event, do stop by Sid's. It's far and away the best place in ATL.

In Atlanta there are a few places I'd suggest stopping. Neiman Marcus at Lenox Mall has a great selection of MTM options and their men's department stocks a ton of stuff that you won't see most places (Cucinelli, Tom Ford, Kiton, etc). Worth a look if for no other reason than to peruse. They also just opened up a new Suit Supply store at the Shops Around Lenox. It's the largest retail space for them in the country, so kinda cool. Guffey's is also a decent place to hit up. It's kind of a more expensive version of BB, but they have some more-conservative offerings there and have been around forever.
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Appreciate all of the information so far, gents.  It sounds like the Lenox area in ATL has a pretty high concentration of mens shops -- and, with it, various labels.  Will look up the location of Sid Mashburn, too.

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^Mashburn's house label is no longer made by Caruso. They have some in-house Caruso offerings, but it's not their house maker. Their current maker is a small Southern Italian maker that really only does mass-production for them. In any event, do stop by Sid's. It's far and away the best place in ATL.

In Atlanta there are a few places I'd suggest stopping. Neiman Marcus at Lenox Mall has a great selection of MTM options and their men's department stocks a ton of stuff that you won't see most places (Cucinelli, Tom Ford, Kiton, etc). Worth a look if for no other reason than to peruse. They also just opened up a new Suit Supply store at the Shops Around Lenox. It's the largest retail space for them in the country, so kinda cool. Guffey's is also a decent place to hit up. It's kind of a more expensive version of BB, but they have some more-conservative offerings there and have been around forever.

+1. The NM at Lenox is ridiculous. SM is always a great place to hit. Also consider H. Stockton. I'm not that familiar with their suit/sport coat offerings, but they have great accessories.
post #6 of 26

Webb Ltd in the Vinings area is a good shop as well.  Small place that does mostly MTO and MTM.  For suits and jackets they do Jack Victor, Southwick, Corneliani and Oxxford.

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Appreciate all of the information so far, gents.  It sounds like the Lenox area in ATL has a pretty high concentration of mens shops -- and, with it, various labels.  Will look up the location of Sid Mashburn, too.

 

  Guffey's & H Stockton Lenox (ask for mr. Rice) are your best bets. Needless Markup has a decent Zegna selection.

   Avoid SAKs, good people but they're pushing their house brand which is pretty much a non-event.

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Webb Ltd in the Vinings area is a good shop as well.  Small place that does mostly MTO and MTM.  For suits and jackets they do Jack Victor, Southwick, Corneliani and Oxxford.

 

As a small shop, will Webb have much inventory on hand?  (Trying to prioritize.)  Is there a difference between Made-to-Order and Made-to-Measure? 

 

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  Guffey's & H Stockton Lenox (ask for mr. Rice) are your best bets. Needless Markup has a decent Zegna selection.

   Avoid SAKs, good people but they're pushing their house brand which is pretty much a non-event.

 

Avoid "SAKs"?  Do you mean the Saks Fifth Ave store in the Lenox Mall?  (Sorry, not all that familiar with Atlanta.)

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As a small shop, will Webb have much inventory on hand?  (Trying to prioritize.)  Is there a difference between Made-to-Order and Made-to-Measure? 

 

 

They have some on hand but the other locations suggested in the thread will have more on hand.  MTO is essentially selecting fabric and other details (eg, lapel-type, vents, etc) and then it is made to a stock cut.  MTM is all that but they tweek the stock cut to your measurements.  At least that is how I understand it...

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Originally Posted by RocketCity View Post

 

Avoid "SAKs"?  Do you mean the Saks Fifth Ave store in the Lenox Mall?  (Sorry, not all that familiar with Atlanta.)

 

   yes, that's what i meant. Neimans & H Stockton in Lenox & Saks in Phipps Plaza across the street.

   you MAY find a thing or two in Saks especially with their sale this weekend if you'll be in Atlanta then.

   either way, Michelle in Mens will tour you thru their OTR, MTM & MTO

   better still, forget my opinion of Sak's and check it out for yourself when you go . . . . you never know


Edited by SoGent - 5/9/13 at 7:25pm
post #11 of 26
Lenox is a target rich environment.

If you hit Birmingham, I'd highly recommend Shaia's. Old family business ( four generations) and they know how to fit their customers well. Suits from Boglioli, Coppley, Trussini, Zegna, Canali, isaia, Kiton...
post #12 of 26
It would also recommend Harrison's Limited in Birmingham http://www.acontinuouslean.com/2012/06/29/a-proper-mens-shop-harrison-limited/ in Mountain Brook Village, they are about as classic southern as you can get. Very small, personal shop with a very interesting selection.
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It would also recommend Harrison's Limited in Birmingham http://www.acontinuouslean.com/2012/06/29/a-proper-mens-shop-harrison-limited/ in Mountain Brook Village, they are about as classic southern as you can get. Very small, personal shop with a very interesting selection.


Thanks -- in addition to Harriston Limited, the ones I've heard about, but never visited, in B'ham are Shaia’s, Plain Clothes, Mobley & Sons.

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Thanks -- in addition to Harriston Limited, the ones I've heard about, but never visited, in B'ham are Shaia’s, Plain Clothes, Mobley & Sons.
Remon's has some nice stuff too. But of all the local choices, Shaia's and Harrison's are the best IMO. And, there's an Allen Edmonds outlet in Leeds, FYI.
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Remon's has some nice stuff too. But of all the local choices, Shaia's and Harrison's are the best IMO. And, there's an Allen Edmonds outlet in Leeds, FYI.


Yeah, I've actually stopped into the AE outlet in Leeds before -- helpful folks. They didn't have anything I wanted in my size/color that day, but later emailed me a list of available inventory and helped me choose among them (discussed toebox fit, soles, etc.) .  I ended up getting several pairs of factory seconds, plus color-matched polish/cream, edge dressing and shoe trees. Thumbs up!

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