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post #4081 of 6215
Love the attention to detail and excellent customer service I've recieved at S&M. This company gets the bulk of my clothing budget and continues to impress and improve, and I've only stuck with the OTR offerings to date! Thanks for doing such a great job Rick!
post #4082 of 6215
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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post
 

 

Soft opening, we simply just open the doors and start business. Don't really make a grand announcement to the media or actively promote. Gives us time to work through our systems and identify any major issues before we make any efforts to grow our base.

 

We will announce the opening first to our existing base through channels like this, the other forums and through our newsletter.

 

I suggest you do a grand opening that a) makes the most of your surroundings, and b) capitalizes on your knowledge of cloth. 

 

Book a private room at either Mercatto or Teronni on a Thursday night. Invite SF-ers and loyal Toronto customers. S&M buys the first round of drinks, but we pay for our own meals. You (Rick) can lecture us about cloth while we eat, providing swatches that illustrate what you're talking about. After the meal, we go back to S&M's new location and spend $$$.

 

This would build brand loyalty in that you can show how into the product you are. It emphasizes the convenience of new location and takes us there.  We get to learn about fabrics (I'm always up for learning something). 

 

You could even time the discussion with the courses:

Drinks - basic properties of different types of materials - good cotton, cheap cotton, treated cotton, linen, blends, etc. 

Appetizers - different weaves and characteristics of those weaves; what makes something translucent, wear warm or hot, or wrinkle more?

Mains - Application of the above; show various products that illustrate your point. Show styling working with the properties of the materials chosen. And, examples of styling not working with the materials chosen.

Coffee/Dessert - Discussion of forthcoming products; opportunity for you to informally poll people on what they want to see.

 

I'm not sure if other people would find this as interesting as I would...

post #4083 of 6215
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Originally Posted by scatterbrain View Post
 

 

I suggest you do a grand opening that a) makes the most of your surroundings, and b) capitalizes on your knowledge of cloth. 

 

Book a private room at either Mercatto or Teronni on a Thursday night. Invite SF-ers and loyal Toronto customers. S&M buys the first round of drinks, but we pay for our own meals. You (Rick) can lecture us about cloth while we eat, providing swatches that illustrate what you're talking about. After the meal, we go back to S&M's new location and spend $$$.

 

This would build brand loyalty in that you can show how into the product you are. It emphasizes the convenience of new location and takes us there.  We get to learn about fabrics (I'm always up for learning something). 

 

You could even time the discussion with the courses:

Drinks - basic properties of different types of materials - good cotton, cheap cotton, treated cotton, linen, blends, etc. 

Appetizers - different weaves and characteristics of those weaves; what makes something translucent, wear warm or hot, or wrinkle more?

Mains - Application of the above; show various products that illustrate your point. Show styling working with the properties of the materials chosen. And, examples of styling not working with the materials chosen.

Coffee/Dessert - Discussion of forthcoming products; opportunity for you to informally poll people on what they want to see.

 

I'm not sure if other people would find this as interesting as I would...


I would be interested to hear this, but since I am based in the US, you guys should record it, if possible and put it up on your website or something. Not sure if that would be an intellectual property thing or not, but you could always password protect it or something if you wanted to. That would be an incredibly cool event though! 

post #4084 of 6215
I honestly find the above suggestion slightly bizarre (spend money renting a room/buying drinks for a room full of noobs who may or may not really end up spending much $ at your store), but to each their own. If it was some sort of "client appreciation" event, then it would be nice, but the invite should go to those in the GTA who have spent a certain amount at S&M. I've probably spent less than $1000, so you probably wouldn't want to bother inviting people like me, but those that have bought multiple suits, dozens of shirts, etc.

Having some sort of materials or workshops in your store that teach your customers about your product...now that's something I've thought would be a good idea for a long time.

PS: I use the term "noobs" above, since many of us have a knowledge of different fabrics/materials, and wouldn't necessary need this type of intro lesson.
post #4085 of 6215
Most grand openings I've seen are at the actual store and involve finger foods and drinks. Goal is to get people into the store. Hard to sell things at a remote location.
post #4086 of 6215
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Originally Posted by Spex View Post

I honestly find the above suggestion slightly bizarre (spend money renting a room/buying drinks for a room full of noobs who may or may not really end up spending much $ at your store), but to each their own. If it was some sort of "client appreciation" event, then it would be nice, but the invite should go to those in the GTA who have spent a certain amount at S&M. I've probably spent less than $1000, so you probably wouldn't want to bother inviting people like me, but those that have bought multiple suits, dozens of shirts, etc.

I don't really understand people who can't look up basic stuff (like properties of various shirting clothes) on the internet. If only there was a forum designed for talking about that sort of thing foo.gif
post #4087 of 6215
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

I don't really understand people who can't look up basic stuff (like properties of various shirting clothes) on the internet. If only there was a forum designed for talking about that sort of thing foo.gif

We should jump on this idea and develop it. We'll call it FabricForum (or FabFor, for short), or AskAndrewClothingQuestions, or something along these lines.

On a more S&M related note, I wore my light grey polo under a navy cardigan yesterday and the shirt collar looked amazing. Next year I'd like to see some in forest green, copper/rust and dark brown.
post #4088 of 6215

Pics of my new shirts including the white and blue linen.  The collar roll on the blue linen seems very different than the collar on the white linen.  Love the collar on this purple bengal stripe.  I mentioned a lot of extra fabric at the back of the armpits on my shirts. Here's a pic.  

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #4089 of 6215
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Originally Posted by An Acute Style View Post
 

Pics of my new shirts including the white and blue linen.  The collar roll on the blue linen seems very different than the collar on the white linen.  Love the collar on this purple bengal stripe.  I mentioned a lot of extra fabric at the back of the armpits on my shirts. Here's a pic.  

 

The linen looks fresh out of the pack. Give them a good wash and press and the collars should settle down nicely. They get squished a bit in shipping, and the unfused interlining doesn't behave the same way as the fusible one does. It's softer and needs a little extra care, but it's really the best option for the linen.

post #4090 of 6215
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

two questions:

1. how's the rise on the chinos? i hate when shirts come untucked b/c chinos sit way too low.

2. how are the oxfords and what size/style should i go with? my measurements are 16.5x35 and i am athletic (weight lifter) but certainly not slim. to give you an idea, the size L in Uniqlo slim fit is way too tight, but their XL is slightly too baggy. LE tailored fit is way too baggy.

thanks!

so the measurements of one of my better fitting shirts are approx:

Chest: 22"
Neck: 16.5"
Sleeve: 35"
Length: 32"

going by the OTR sizing, it doesn't seem like any of the shirts are in my wheelhouse without taking them to a tailor

SUPERRR bummed as i really wanted to try you guys out without having to drop $15-20 extra to get them a bit tighter
post #4091 of 6215
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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post
 

 

The linen looks fresh out of the pack. Give them a good wash and press and the collars should settle down nicely. They get squished a bit in shipping, and the unfused interlining doesn't behave the same way as the fusible one does. It's softer and needs a little extra care, but it's really the best option for the linen.

I ironed the collars a bit when I got them, but not the rest of the shirt.  Will wash and report back. 

post #4092 of 6215
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post


so the measurements of one of my better fitting shirts are approx:

Chest: 22"
Neck: 16.5"
Sleeve: 35"
Length: 32"

going by the OTR sizing, it doesn't seem like any of the shirts are in my wheelhouse without taking them to a tailor

SUPERRR bummed as i really wanted to try you guys out without having to drop $15-20 extra to get them a bit tighter

 

What OTR brands do you regularly wear?

 

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Originally Posted by An Acute Style View Post
 

I ironed the collars a bit when I got them, but not the rest of the shirt.  Will wash and report back. 

 

Please do. We always need to rely on field tests.

post #4093 of 6215
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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post

What OTR brands do you regularly wear?

it's tough for me to find OTR shirts that fit "perfectly" but the slim fit Hyde Park OCBD comes close in 16.5x35
post #4094 of 6215

Just wanted to share my newly acquired custom SC from S&M.  Fabric is 270 gms Guabello S-130 94% wool 6% silk.  Good weight, super smooth hand. 

 

Unpadded Shoulders

2 Button

9 cm lapel

1 cm raised gorge

Flap pockets, welt chest

Brown horn

Working cuffs

 

Will try to get some fit pics on its maiden voyage Friday.  Hanger is too large for my shoulders, just for picture purposes so the drape isn't ideal on the sleeves/sleevehead.

 

Very pleased with it, won't be my last, and if you are local you need to see the Gladson books in shop now.  Summer Jacketing book is so sweet.

 

post #4095 of 6215
^ Sweet looking stuff.

So, Portofino summer blends are in? What is the ballpark price for Portofino sports coat?
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