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Anyone ever do MTM from Paul Stuart?

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So it's finally happened, after all these years where nobody said I'd ever do it and I finally get to prove them wrong: I'm getting a MTM suit (because I'm getting married and need a new suit for the occasion).

I'm in Chicago and will have a budget of between $2-3k and think Paul Stuart makes sense. I've always liked their style and feel you pay less for the name than many others. Plus it's a huge plus to have plenty of stock items to try on. That being said, I'd love others' opinions on PS' MTM work and whether they've been happy with the overall outcome.

PS suits tend to look sharp (not to "business" nor too "fashion") for an evening wedding since they pair sometimes bold patterns with classic silhouettes and make the cuts a little aggressive without being obnoxious. Decided not to go black tie because for this for two reasons:

1. I said I'd be fine with doing a black tie wedding, it just had to be a "real" black tie wedding, none of this "optional" bullshit (since it would be my dad, my brother, my fiance's step-father, brother and brother-in-law in tuxes and nobody else) but if we weren't doing real black tie then I wanted cocktail attire.

2. I realize I'll get no sympathy from brides on this, but damn it, if I'm dropping $3k on an outfit, I want one I can wear at least a handful of times a year (jeans and a sport coat is as formal as I get for work).

Other options include RL (not my first choice since I could only do BL, not PL and I've got plenty of those already), Zegna (would have been a no-brainer a few years ago, but they've gotten way too fashion-forward for my liking. Still great material, though) or Oxxford (would be the upper end of the price range for sure and would therefore likely have to do OTR shirt and shoes I already own, neither of which is a deal killer).

Plenty of time, as wedding isn't till next spring, but hey, other than budget monitoring, this is my only job so figure I should take it seriously wink.gif.
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Is PS MTM done by Samuelsohn (like much of the PS line)? What do you get with PS that you wouldn't get if you just went through Samuelsohn at a Sammy trunk show MTM event?
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Originally Posted by Harrydog View Post

Is PS MTM done by Samuelsohn (like much of the PS line)? What do you get with PS that you wouldn't get if you just went through Samuelsohn at a Sammy trunk show MTM event?

Not sure, but I think it's the same as deciding you would prefer RLBL over a "regular" Caruso suit; the aesthetic is a bit different and unique.
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Pretty sure PS custom (bespoke) starts at 4k. I emailed them about 8 months ago to ask.
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I've been lurking here for quite a long while. I was looking in to getting a suit earlier in the year and actually went with Paul Stuart MTM based on other comments on this forum so I think it would be appropriate to respond.

 

I ended up with a Phineas Cole suit, which is a bit more progressive in style. I don't know enough about suits nor do I have enough of a past history of suit ownership to compare it against. Here are some more subjective points I can provide:

 

- The process & service at the store has been great, no complaints. I have also ordered and received a handful of custom shirts.

 

- The suit fits perfectly, no quality problems.

 

- I get a lot of positive comments when I wear it. This is coming from someone who wore suits to weddings and funerals prior. I was somewhat shocked at the attention, given I just needed a good suit to wear to business meetings.

 

- Dependent on fabric you should be able to come in just under $2k.. not sure if that accounts for the lovely 10% sales tax here.

 

- Planning on ordering another MTM suit once Fall/Winter is out.

 

From what I've read, the best choices for Chicago are Paul Stuart or Despos. The downside of each, the price. I definitely surpassed my starting budget on this, so its something to keep an eye on.

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