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Originally Posted by EliodA View Post

New guy: I am new at this and have a budget of £2500 for my entire wardrobe.
Some SFer's advice: fly out to Naples and have a couple of bespoke suits made.

The advice may be good natured, but good advice it isn't.

I thought I was the only one that read his clothing budget correctly.
post #20807 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Jake Beds View Post
 


Okay. So my plan is to hit SuSu in London at some point over the next eight days (I say eight days because I'm in central London next Saturday for an event). I will do my best to get some photos and let you know what the fits are like. I really want to find a suit that fits on my shoulders/upperchest and doesn't drown the rest of me. Baggy trousers look ridiculous, especially when you're tall.

 

I'll be in London then too and I'd be down to hit up the store with you since I've never tried their stuff and am a bit curious. I can probably give slightly better fit advice than the sales people fwiw.

post #20808 of 37396
Quote:
Originally Posted by EliodA View Post

New guy: I am new at this and have a budget of £2500 for my entire wardrobe.
Some SFer's advice: fly out to Naples and have a couple of bespoke suits made.

The advice may be good natured, but good advice it isn't.
Just imagine if he was talking to me when I first joined. I wudve doodled a suit or two from Naples,FL.
post #20809 of 37396
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

Are we confident that the shoulders were properly measured? Shoulder blades are very large bones...

Nope.
post #20810 of 37396
He must be measured when he goes to susu.
post #20811 of 37396
The sales person at SuSu at Regent street was ridiculously ignorant. That said I'd say SuSu and TMLewin/CT are your best choices, and Loakes for shoes. (Pediwear).

I've found TMLewin to be a good source of staple ties, just avoid the garish and overly slim ones, and get the knitted pointed end ones on sale in dark colors.

I believe TML and CT suits are both considered respectable on this forum for their price range. I'd get those first before you begin adventures into custom or higher end stuff.
post #20812 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Murlsquirl View Post

Nope.

Yeah, no ...

We should all just wait until full measurements are provided and proceed from there. He may very well be a difficult fit - too tough to say right now.
post #20813 of 37396
I think I like this.
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Thread Starter 
You should check out the blue check Tie Your Tie on sale at ET for like 75% off
post #20815 of 37396
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

Are we confident that the shoulders were properly measured? Shoulder blades are very large bones...

 

Indeed. I suspect the measurement should actually be from acromion to acromion. Yes, the acromion is in fact part of the scapula (shoulder blade). The prominent nubbin of bone which delineates the junction of the horizontal and vertical parts of the shoulder angle. Not so easily palpated on a more muscular specimen.

 

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Originally Posted by Jake Beds View Post


Okay. So my plan is to hit SuSu in London at some point over the next eight days (I say eight days because I'm in central London next Saturday for an event). I will do my best to get some photos and let you know what the fits are like. I really want to find a suit that fits on my shoulders/upperchest and doesn't drown the rest of me. Baggy trousers look ridiculous, especially when you're tall.

 

Good plan. A bespoke safari to Napoli sounds sexy as all fuck. But think with your big head, not your small one. Napoli can be next year. (And read The Kills by Richard House for some background on the potential pitfalls awaiting clueless foreigners in said town.)

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By the way, I'm 5'11", 81kg and have 18" shoulders and a 33" waist. Not that far off the the measurements you gave above, Jake (unless I wildly misunderstood them). Like you, I have a bit of a problem with lapel-bowing.

 

I generally take a size 42/52 in SuSu and I find the La Spalla and Havana blocks to work particularly well for my frame. SuSu's trousers are well-known for being fairly slim-cut, so you shouldn't have too much problem there.

 

The sales staff are indoctrinated into believing that too-tight is perfect. Look for "X"-shaped pulling from the centre button, too-short sleeves, and the back jacket flap kicking out. Too tight. Size up. Be firm. Take photos and post here for feedback.

 

RTC's offer is a good one. Bring him along. Also, read up on fabrics in the "Unfunded Liabilities" thread and on correct business attire in the "CBD WAYWRN" thread.

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Completely OT, but one of the most famous and controversial first ascents in mountaineering history - Cesare Maestri's claimed 1959 first summiting of Cerro Torre in Patagonia - is being finally and pretty definitively exposed as a lie by some recent research-backed articles here and here.

 

Often described as "the greatest feat in mountaineering history", Maestri's claim had its doubters from the start - Maestri's climbing partner Toni Egger fell and died during the ascent, along with the team camera which would have proved their conquest. Or did the camera survive after all?

 

It's pretty salacious stuff. Like discovering that Beethoven didn't write the Choral Symphony. Or that NASA never really landed men on the Moon. (Oops, better not go there...)

post #20818 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

 

Indeed. I suspect the measurement should actually be from acromion to acromion. Yes, the acromion is in fact part of the scapula (shoulder blade). The prominent nubbin of bone which delineates the junction of the horizontal and vertical parts of the shoulder angle. Not so easily palpated on a more muscular specimen.

 

 

Good plan. A bespoke safari to Napoli sounds sexy as all fuck. But think with your big head, not your small one. Napoli can be next year. (And read The Kills by Richard House for some background on the potential pitfalls awaiting clueless foreigners in said town.)

 

I don't really get why going to Naples for getting a suit sounds "sexy as all fuck". Looks like huge hassle to me.

 

You'll spend at least a full day traveling there and back combined. And when you're there, Naples is by and large a shithole, and you'll be spending a lot of time in a dingy room with some old farts who don't speak English and are rushed to make a suit for you because you only have two days. They'll most likely try to screw you over by charging tourist prices and cutting corners as well.

 

So sexy.

 

You could've used that time to spend a leisurely weekend on the French Côte d'Azur, the Greek islands, the Spanish Islands, etc. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

post #20819 of 37396

I'm SF's answer to Doug Dinsdale. I use irony.

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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

I'm SF's answer to Doug Dinsdale. I use irony.

 

Either way, going to Naples for a couple of days just to get a suit doesn't make sense. Not now, not a year from now, not ever. No matter how much money you have, you'll still be wasting valuable time just to get a suit. As much as people hate traveling tailors, they do make sense from a convenience standpoint. Although most convenient would be to just get a suit from a local tailor.

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