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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

SF,

 

I need some general guidance on which way to go. 

 

I am going to be spending roughly 6k~ into new suits. I have three options

 

Nordstrom-I goto a mens manager at my local nordstrom and he always has me looking sharp. He has sold suits to me for roughly a year, he has sold me Z Zegna and Canali. He is limited on what swatches and materials he has.  He always fits me well and spends alot of time with me but again, he is limited on selection and fabric. If I would buy from him it wouldnt be custom and it would be Z Zegna or Canali 

 

Brooks Brothers-I have browsed brooks brothers for there M2M in there golden fleece cut. The fabric looks amazing although it isn't custom and I have no been pleased with how the other suits I have purchased have fit me. A little too long on the coat and a little too baggy through the thighs. I was thinking that if it is M2M it could come out differently, although I have never bought a m2m from brooks brothers.

 

Tom James- there is a tom james salesman that calls on many people (including my company's CEO) and is highly recommended. He claims that the quality he could put me in with his tom james suits will beat brooks brothers and he will take my measurements to make sure the suit comes out 100% right or my money back. This guy has been recommended to me by many different people and he also makes suits for a family member. I am just concerned about the true quality of the suits.

 

Any help or insight from SF would be greatly appreciated. I have no clue which way to go. 

post #2 of 28

Unless you're balling out of control cool.gif, I wouldn't rush to spend $6K on suits all at once, lol. I'd also like to see some fit pictures of your current suits. Those should give me a decent idea of whether you know enough to spend that amount of money on suits at all.

post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

 

 

pictures of BB suit 

post #4 of 28
How many suits do you want to buy for your 6k?
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 

3-5

post #6 of 28
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pictures of BB suit 

 

is this your typical standing posture?  its pretty erect with protruding chest.

 

imo, 6k can get you pretty good bespoke suits from different makers.  chen, napoli su misura, steed, etc, or much much more if you live around east coast metros.

post #7 of 28
Dont rush into buying 6 at once.
Buy some on here, there are great deals that pop up all the time.
Someone's selling some Isaia, Attolini n etc.. in the B/S forum
post #8 of 28
If you're new to MTM, I suggest buying one suit at a time. It looks like you already have some suits and are looking to expand / upgrade your wardrobe. Do it slowly and patiently.

I've had decent experience with BB for MTM jackets and trousers, but then I fit into their Regent model pretty well off the rack. I believe that a Golden Fleece MTM suit is around $2,000 but you can get one for 25% off during their semi-annual MTM event which should be happening in September. Sometimes they also offer discounts if you are willing to order more than one suit. If they do, see if they'll agree to make one first and note adjustments needed before making the others. No sense having the same alterations performed 3 times. You're looking at 3 suits or 3 suits with a bit of cash left over depending on what you do here.

Depending on where you are located, Hong Kong tailors such as Hemrajani or Chan may travel to your city as well. $6,000 will get you 5 suits with Vitale Barberis Canonico fabric with $1,000 left over or 4 suits in a more premium fabric from Hemrajani. Chan is more expensive but has generally gotten good reviews; I have not used their services but there are many threads on them.

If your suits from Nordstrom fit you well off the rack, consider whether MTM is worth it. I love looking through swatches and finding the perfect fabric but it's not for everyone. Realistically a good part of your suit wardrobe should be solid navy or grey, with some stripes and other patterns thrown in. Unless you plan to own 10+ suits, limited fabric selection may not be terrible.
post #9 of 28
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Unless you're balling out of control cool.gif, I wouldn't rush to spend $6K on suits all at once, lol. I'd also like to see some fit pictures of your current suits. Those should give me a decent idea of whether you know enough to spend that amount of money on suits at all.

 

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pictures of BB suit 

 

...you're not ready. Proceed with caution.

post #10 of 28
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pictures of BB suit 

Better close ups, preferably taken in a public bathroom, would give us a better idea, but those suits do not fit well at all. The back is a mess. The sleeve pitch is off. There are lots of problems with the front, too.

If Chan is coming to a location near you, I strongly advise you to start there. Chan is very reasonably priced, does true bespoke, and turns out excellent work. Tom James is just MTM. I don't know about your CEO but I can't highly recommended them. Your Chan suit will almost certainly look much better than any MTM. Plus, if you can somehow get yourself sent to Hong Kong for a week, Chan is much, much faster. wink.gif
post #11 of 28
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I'm from st. Louis would chan come here? How can I find chan and contact them?

Do you think a made to measure brooks brothers would turn out better then this? This was off the rack
post #12 of 28
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Nordstrom-I goto a mens manager at my local nordstrom and he always has me looking sharp.

since he's done you good previously, I would stick with the same guy.

post #13 of 28
There are excellent Made To Measure options that don't take very long and you get to choose any details you want - pocket styles, number and type of buttons, hundreds of fabrics, etc. I would recommend highly Proper Suit. YOu can meet them in many cities around the country. Check out their website for details.

1) They have try on suits. This way you have an excellent starting point to discuss what changes, if any, you want
2) they have hundreds of fabrics to choose from and many great brand names
3) All of the people who measure you are highly experienced and have each measured hundreds of suits for clients (beware, many MTM have very limited to no experience measuring people. Their experience is limited to selling you OTR)
4) Suits start at $750 and are fully canvased. They are much better than any suit at Nordstrom for $1,500
5) you get the fit you want. Especially nice for dialing the fit on length of the jacket, lapel width, width of the thigh, etc. Many MTM you don't get that. Proper Suit can adjust 60 measurements. I'm not aware of any other MTM that even comes close to that.
6) about 4 week delivery unless you select an unusual fabric
7) the face-to-face consultation is very pro and geared towards putting you into a sharp classic business suit. This is not Euro-fashion stuff.

Here is a pic of the inside pocket detail they did for me on my recent jacket:

post #14 of 28
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I'm from st. Louis would chan come here? How can I find chan and contact them?

Do you think a made to measure brooks brothers would turn out better then this? This was off the rack

http://www.wwchan.com/itinerary.pdf

DC is the closest they'll get to you, unfortunately.
post #15 of 28
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I'm from st. Louis would chan come here? How can I find chan and contact them?

Do you think a made to measure brooks brothers would turn out better then this? This was off the rack

Google W. W. Chan. I doubt if they travel to St. Louis. But IIRC, they do travel to Chicago so Chan is certainly doable for you.

If you are ready to start moving away from RTW, I would certainly skip MTM and try Chan if you can. Chan is proper, fully-canvassed bespoke so you get not only a very well-made suit but get to try the bespoke experience as well. The fit will probably be much, much better. Plus, it isn't that much more expensive than MTM. In fact, it is cheaper than some MTM.
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