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post #301 of 527
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


I have a tie and a MTM shirt from them. I have about 5 shirts from Luxire.

Quality wise they're the same I'd say, the stitching and craftsmanship of both shirts are excellent quality. However the main advantage for me is that Spier&Mackay is local so when I got my first shirt that was MTM, Rick pointed out some things that I would have overlooked such as tie space and collar band height, fusing vs non fusing etc.

I got their default spread collar with my shirt and for a "fused" collar it's the most comfortable collar I have. I have some other crappy MTM shirts with a fused collar and Spier&Mackay is miles above them. In my picture I"m not wear collar stays at all and the collar just sits flush and doesn't move

Going forward I'd like to see more basic fabrics for MTM and better selection of ties and actual fit pics kinda like how proper cloth does it with their collars.

However MTM is about 30% of his business (correct me if I'm wrong).

 

 

Thanks. Great to know. And what about the quality of the fabric?

post #302 of 527
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Thanks. Great to know. And what about the quality of the fabric?

Well here is one shirt from Luxire which was my last. I'm not sure what caused this as I always wash my shirts on gentle cycle and always hang dry.






Edit, this is the only shirt out of the 5 that this has happened.
post #303 of 527
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


Well here is one shirt from Luxire which was my last. I'm not sure what caused this as I always wash my shirts on gentle cycle and always hang dry.






Edit, this is the only shirt out of the 5 that this has happened.

 

 

The fusing is separating. Fusing needs the right combo of temperature, pressure and time. If any one of the 3 is off, then the fusing will do that. It's separating from the cloth.

 

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Going forward I'd like to see more basic fabrics for MTM and better selection of ties and actual fit pics kinda like how proper cloth does it with their collars.

However MTM is about 30% of his business (correct me if I'm wrong).

Question for Rick

With the new batch of OTR pants coming in, will the fabric weight be for all year round or more for fall?

 

Basics like bengal stripes and simple box check and more variety of Solids?

 

Custom is only about 20% at the moment. That said, 20% revenue to any business is a significant part. I think Suitsupply is at a similar percentage from what I read somewhere.

 

Most new trousers will be all season weight. We do have 3 flannels coming in though.

post #304 of 527
Yep and smaller checks and pencil stripes as well.
post #305 of 527
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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post
 

 

As I mentioned above, custom shirt delivery times is a major focus of improvement for us and we're aggressively working on it. I am actually leaving on Saturday to visit with the factory next week and this is one major point of discussion. We should see a drastic improvement within a month.

 

Cheers,

Rick

 

Oh no! I was hoping to come in on Saturday and get myself measured by the master tailor himself! :facepalm:

There are many quirks which I'd like to resolve with a custom shirt, are the other salesmen as knowledgeable? I could postpone to a later weekend.

 

Also, would the $20 discount still be valid? I'm eager to try but don't expect the first one to be perfect.

post #306 of 527
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Originally Posted by Mashfir View Post
 

 

Oh no! I was hoping to come in on Saturday and get myself measured by the master tailor himself! :facepalm:

There are many quirks which I'd like to resolve with a custom shirt, are the other salesmen as knowledgeable? I could postpone to a later weekend.

 

Also, would the $20 discount still be valid? I'm eager to try but don't expect the first one to be perfect.

 

I'll be in the shop until 2 pm. Don't fret. :)

post #307 of 527
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

Yep and smaller checks and pencil stripes as well.


 On it.

post #308 of 527
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post
 

 

 

I honestly cannot speak to the quality of the ties, the three I picked up were literally my first ties. That being said they all seem great for $20 each, I will say some of the ties on the site look quite cheap and almost tacky. 

 

I got the burgundy and navy knits and the navy with the small orange floral pattern, seemed to be the most versatile of the bunch.

 

Silk knit ties are silk knit ties. I'm pretty sure the fabric is all made in one of the 2 mills making it for all the makers. Mine compares with the Brooks Brothers and Nordstrom ones I have. 

post #309 of 527
^incorrect on multiple levels re knit ties
post #310 of 527
Question about your shirts: The label says to wash them inside out. So basically do I just turn the sleeves inside out? Or is it better to actually button them up and turn the whole thing inside out before washing?

Also, a separate suggestion, regarding your navy blazers: I think it would be a good idea for the inside pocket on the left near the bottom of the blazer to be maybe 1 cm wider, as then it would fit a lot more smartphones. It's just slightly too narrow for my Nexus 4.
post #311 of 527
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Originally Posted by mister_nostyle View Post

Question about your shirts: The label says to wash them inside out. So basically do I just turn the sleeves inside out? Or is it better to actually button them up and turn the whole thing inside out before washing?

Also, a separate suggestion, regarding your navy blazers: I think it would be a good idea for the inside pocket on the left near the bottom of the blazer to be maybe 1 cm wider, as then it would fit a lot more smartphones. It's just slightly too narrow for my Nexus 4.


Just turn the sleeves inside out. Don't button it up. It allows the inside of shirt sleeves which your skin touches to be cleaned better.

 

Noted on the pocket. I'll let the patten makers know.

post #312 of 527
Thanks for the clarification about washing the shirts. One other question - I heard it may be a good idea to put new cotton clothes in the washing machine with half a cup of vinegar instead of detergent - supposedly this causes the dyes used in the colouring to "set" so the colours won't fade much in the long run. Is there any truth to this?
post #313 of 527
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Thanks for the clarification about washing the shirts. One other question - I heard it may be a good idea to put new cotton clothes in the washing machine with half a cup of vinegar instead of detergent - supposedly this causes the dyes used in the colouring to "set" so the colours won't fade much in the long run. Is there any truth to this?

 

I wouldn't add vinegar. Quality mills finish the fabrics as to make them colourfast already. As long as you are washing in cold or warm, the colour should stick around for a long time without any noticeable fading.

post #314 of 527
This would be a nice business shirt




Blue hairline stripe? Business stripe?
post #315 of 527
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This would be a nice business shirt
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Blue hairline stripe? Business stripe?

I ordered something similar a couple of weeks ago and it is being made. I will post pics when I get them.

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