Originally Posted by firefit
I'm not sure exactly how suitsupply works but since I have a girlfriend that has a brother who works with suitsupply, I could probably shed at least some advice. First and foremost, a couple of days ago her brother flew up to NYC, and was tested on how to correctly measure someone for their fit. If I am wrong, I assume that they teach them correctly? From what I've seen, he seems to know his stuff down pat. Maybe he's a part of the small minority that knows how to really measure someone. I mean, he does work in Miami after all. What sucks is that I'm trying to build at least a basic staple kind of wardrobe. I wish there was more suppliers in South Florida when it comes to clothing. Most people just stick to the garments of South Florida. Tank tops, shorts, and your casual sneaker. Usually purchased from the mall. It's too hot to wear anything other than cotton or linen. It makes it even worse that I have a college-strapped budget. It really seems like suitsupply is the best way to go down here. It's the closest and most "affordable" option for me. Also, it definitely seems like their pants won't fit my legs. Sigh, I guess I'll be sticking to J. Crew cotton twill chinos, nice pair of wingtips, and a button up until I can actually afford something else.
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from a couple of weeks ago. That suit fits terribly. I've worked in the clothing industry for 15 years and I can tell you that most salespeople are not good at measuring. I'm glad to hear that Suit Supply is trying to address this issue with training, which is a necessary step, but if you have revolving door of salespeople, you will never get a highly trained workforce, and most retail jobs have high turnover. I also think it takes a lot more than a few days in NYC to learn how to properly measure. As I mentioned, I have been doing this for a while and I am still learning new things. Perhaps the biggest issue is that with adjusting a set pattern, you are often robbing Peter to pay Paul. For example, if you are adjusting for square shoulders and take up a 1/2" roll in the neckline to lower the collar, you just made the back of the jacket 1/2" shorter. That is MTM 101, but you'd be surprised how few salesman account for this.