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post #31 of 62
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Alright I guess I am stuck with my small selection of ties for now. Shame they mostly are blue  - haha!

Are there any brands you can recommend that are a good deal between quality and price?


I think you posted this in the wrong thread.

post #32 of 62
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I think you posted this in the wrong thread.

No, I was replying to heldentenor's answer to my new members question...

post #33 of 62
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Had a tailor say they purposely hem their jackets slightly higher in back. Is this for real?  My husband's jacket arrived 3/4 of an inch higher in the back vent than at the front.

Thanks,

Bothered Wife

Hi @bkvl, the back of a jacket should look something like this
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

That's a great example. To add to Murl's comment--with probably more information that a beginner needs--balance is a complicated issue that's partly taste, partly the style of the tailor, and partly what's "right." This is a really good thread about it: http://www.styleforum.net/t/56404/unfunded-liabilities-a-k-a-the-cloth-thread/9200_50#post_7022265.
 
3/4" shorter in the back might seem like a lot when measuring, but might result in correct front-back balance when worn. I'd be more concerned with how it looks than the measurement. That said, a 3/4" difference is likely to be off.
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It is indeed something like that I am looking for. There are only two problems with that particular suit: (i) I cannot return it if it does not fit and (ii) I don't like the button hole on the lapel. If you have any other ideas where I could find something similar, I would be extremely grateful. The only MTM options that are available where I live (Stockholm, Sweden) are the big Italian brands (Corneliani, Canali, Zegna, etc.). Do you think one of those would accomodate a request to have a suit made of your own fabric?

 

By the way, I really like the fact the No Man Walks Alone shop includes information about which fabric the suits they sell are made of. Why doesn't everyone do that?

 

 

If you can/will spend the money, Robin Pettersson is a well respected bespoke tailor in Gothenburg and I believe he might also offer MTM.  

 

Most shops don't offer that level of information because most consumers don't care.  It's the ones that shop at places like NMWA that do.

 

Isn't Robin doing measurements for BnTailor MTM? If so, that might be a great option and within the price range.

post #34 of 62
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Thanks for the reply! I will try and touch on all your comments.

I haven't heard anything regarding Kent Wang, can you elaborate?
What price point should I be looking at for a good quality bespoke?
I understand that there are bad 120s and good 120s, I will probably be just as useless seeing fabrics in person.  The only thing I really know is that I want a 2v2 weave worsted wool, medium weight.
I am an ex-varsity athlete and I am an amateur bodybuilder so OTR never fits properly.  Even the Indochino suits don't fit perfectly after 4 suits and multiple adjustments.  Because of this, I am more inclined to get bespoke so I know it is perfect.  I liked Indochino a few years ago when the USD/CAD made the price reasonable, however I am now paying a 40% premium for nothing.  

In the end, if a bespoke is marginally better than a quality MTM I may be more inclined to go with a quality MTM.  Can you comment on the barberis super 110s suit for $795 CAD ($560 USD)?

Thanks again for your reply, it is greatly appreciated.

Kent Wang is an Affiliate Vendor of ours that has a MTM program a lot of members are happy with. You can check out his thread here on the forum or website for more info.

The second question is hard to answer. In short, beposke should always result in a better fit than MTM. There are bespoke tailors that aren't so great and some real bad MTM out there. That said, good bespoke should always be better than good MTM. I'm saying all of this as a guy with some good MTM, but I'm not a bespoke customer at the moment. I really think you should stick around here for a while and do some research before you jump into rebuilding your wardrobe. Otherwise, you might waste even more money...we've all done it.
post #35 of 62
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Isn't Robin doing measurements for BnTailor MTM? If so, that might be a great option and within the price range.

Yep, pretty sure he is and I really like what I've seen from there MTM results. Stop changing your damn avatar! Confusing the hell out of me.
post #36 of 62

Hello, new SF member here.

 

I am looking for a nice pair of military style leather boots for this winter, and came across the Crockett and Jones Coniston boots which I really like.

 

They are available in both navy and tan colours, and while I really love the navy, how versatile of a colour is navy for shoes? Is it too restrictive or can it be worn with many different outfits incl suit? Would the tan be more versatile?

 

I normally wear very smart to work, a pair of nice chinos and button up shirt and overcoat/trench coat is my usual attire.

 

Thanks!

post #37 of 62

Sure.  If you don't mind buying from overseas, the current exchange rate means that both Henry Carter in Australia and Exquisite Trimmings in the UK are great deals.  I have ties from both and recommend them highly.  In the US, Conrad Wu and Kent Wang both sell solid staples for reasonable prices.  Some of these brands offer discounts to StyleForum members, so check their respective affiliate threads to see how that works. 

post #38 of 62

Thank you very much sir! Having a quick look around Exquisite Trimmings before bed time... somehow my brain instantly focuses on the blue ones though. Help!

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This is a job for @Claghorn.  He will likely tell you that a solid brown and a solid or neat patterned green should be high on your list if you have some navy already--advice that I wholeheartedly endorse. 

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Isn't Robin doing measurements for BnTailor MTM? If so, that might be a great option and within the price range.

Apparently it costs SEK 23,000, which is almost US$ 3,000. That's more than I am willing too spend, I'm afraid.

 

A couple of hours of googling turned up two more shops that list fabric weights and sell suits made of 14 ounce cloth:

 

http://www.cordings.co.uk/menswear/city-suits

http://www.pakeman.co.uk/category/110/Single_Breasted_Suits

 

I'll probably go for the grey birdseye suit from Pakeman, Catto & Carter.

post #41 of 62
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Gentlemen,

 

First time posting.  I need new suits for everyday office wear.  My current wardrobe consists entirely of Indochino and I want to upgrade to a quality MTM or bespoke suit.  I am considering the following:

 

1. Local tailor is offering barberis super 110s suit for $795 CAD ($560 USD).

2. Bespoke suit (assuming well made) starting at $1200CAD-$1500CAD

3. Your opinions

 

Concerns:  Does the quality of an entry level bespoke suit (considering it is well made) justify a 50-70% premium over the barberis super 100s?  is $560USD a fair price (assuming it is well made)?

 

The local tailor I am considering is Blair Shapera (http://www.blairshapera.com/index.php)

 

Kind Regards

 

Brook Brothers just announced a 25% off MTM sale, which includes 1818 and Golden Fleece.  I would like to know how the 1818 fabric compares to the barberis super 110s and whether I should consider the BB MTM over the local tailor.

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Brook Brothers just announced a 25% off MTM sale, which includes 1818 and Golden Fleece.  I would like to know how the 1818 fabric compares to the barberis super 110s and whether I should consider the BB MTM over the local tailor.

1818 is not a fabric, it is their main suit line. They have many...346 (outlet), Golden Fleece (their best stuff), etc. If you have a 1818 MTM suit made, you will be able to choose from dozens of fabrics; VBC included. I've seen some good results from BB MTM, but have no idea what it costs.
post #43 of 62
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1818 is not a fabric, it is their main suit line. They have many...346 (outlet), Golden Fleece (their best stuff), etc. If you have a 1818 MTM suit made, you will be able to choose from dozens of fabrics; VBC included. I've seen some good results from BB MTM, but have no idea what it costs.


Thanks for your reply.  Based on my research I cant go wrong with a MTM VBC super 110s 2x2 weave for $795 CAD ($560 USD).  What would be the next tier fabric?

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Stop changing your damn avatar! Confusing the hell out of me.

 

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Isn't Robin doing measurements for BnTailor MTM? If so, that might be a great option and within the price range.

Apparently it costs SEK 23,000, which is almost US$ 3,000. That's more than I am willing too spend, I'm afraid.

 

 

I could be mistaken, but that's the usual price for a fully bespoke suit. BnTailor recently started offering a MTM program that could be within your price range, although I don't know for sure the prices through Robin.

post #45 of 62

Hi guys I'm a style noob.

 

Please help.

 

What are the essentials?

 

There are so many lists online and they are all so different. I know it's a very open ended questions and it depends on what I already have but I pretty much hate all my wardrobe.

 

 

The first things I'm thinking of getting are:

 

navy blazer

 

new pair of jeans

 

white dress shirt

 

black cap-toe oxfords (BTW what is a second set of shoes I should get which are versatile and I can wear with different things and different occasions? I'm sure it has to be brown but I'm still not sure)

 

reversible black/brown belt

 

navy blue/grey v-neck jumper(sweater)

 

 

1. Are any of these non-essential. Which would you remove and what would you add? 

 

2. What is the 1st type of trousers you would buy and the 2nd other than jeans?

 

3. 2nd set of shoes that are versatile.

 

 

Thanks so much guys :D

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