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First suit in NE Ohio, looking for OTR / MTM in Cleveland or Columbus

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

For years I have wanted to go online MTM for my first suit, but I just don't have the experience (or patience) to deal with it.  I need someone in person to see and explain things for me.

 

I'm located in the middle - 60 min from Cleveland and 90 minutes from Columbus. 

My price is flexible, I'm thinking 1,000-1,200 to start with.

 

 

I've heard good things online about Godfrys in Columbus.

I've heard mixed things about Brooks Brothers, which is a shame because there's multiple stores around.

Another possible vendor I just found is Cuffs Clothing in Chagrin Falls.

 

 

I'm 6'3, 190lb with a thin/athletic build.  Typically it's very hard for me to find clothing OTR.

 

Anybody have experience in these cities, and have suggestions?

Thanks!


Edited by JFetter - 10/8/16 at 9:36am
post #2 of 12

Just my 2-cents:  Don't go MTM for your first suit.  Don't buy a MTM suit online.  1k -1.2k is not a lot of money when you want to go MTM route.

Having written that, there is a lot of love on styleforum for Suit Supply, so you may want to look into that. I have zero experience with them because I don't think it is a good idea to buy a MTM suit online.

post #3 of 12
Suitsupply has a really solid OTR product at a very fair price, I believe it's one of the better value for money options out there. VBC fabric, half canvas construction, very current and stylish design. I will say though that buying a suit off the rack when you don't really know what to look for fit wise can be a little problematic, as it is easy to get persuaded into a poorly fitting suit by a salesperson (unfortunately).

Something a lot of people do is buy suits and then post the fit on here for tailors to look at, and then return the suit if it doesn't fit properly and cannot be properly tailored. So that's an option for you.

I personally wouldn't buy an MTM suit online. I would really prefer to have at the least a consultant around if not a tailor to help guide me through the process.

With respect to BB MTM, I have never had a suit done by BB, but I do use their MTM service for shirts and am very happy with it. I'm not sure about USD but in CAD the 1818 MTM (half canvas construction, made in southwick) starts at around $1500. Their top line Golden Fleece (full canvas construction) is more, and I'm assuming probably out of your provided price range. They have what looks like a fairly substantial fabric selection, with pretty decent fabric available. Something to keep in mind with BB is it is more classic styling and also is designed to cater to larger people in my experience, so at 6'3" 190 you may find a cut you like better elsewhere.

Suitsupply also does MTM, although at the price (starts at around $1300 CAD and goes up from there) I personally think there are better options out there. Of course that's just my opinion based on seeing what friends have bought from them, you may find others who love their MTM program.

Should you buy an MTM suit as your first suit as the other poster pointed out? Respectfully I don't really see anything wrong with it. I will say that I bought my first suit off the rack and didn't spend a whole lot on it, I made a lot of mistakes with that first suit. As I've had more suits made I've continued to learn, so it's good to be an active participant in the process, as I've become a much better consumer and more able to extract the value from the bespoke process as a result of what I have learned. That being said I really don't see anything wrong with going MTM on this suit if that's what you want and you have the money to do it properly.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the replies.  So far, I've stopped at one reputable local establishment and had a good talk with them.  I could get a MTM Southwick Suit for $1,200 right now or the same for $900 next March during their sale.  Of course alterations are included and a tailor is in house.

At a personal level, they were very friendly and helpful at answering all my questions.

post #5 of 12
I just went over this very topic in another thread in great detail .I would still give BB a try and have them break down what they offer in their MTM program. I know a SA in the Cleveland store who did two MTM suits for me when I was there in 2014 by the name of John Doyle. Not sure if he is still there but he definitely knew his stuff and can explain things in terms most people can understand.

"Something to keep in mind with BB is it is more classic styling and also is designed to cater to larger people in my experience, so at 6'3" 190 you may find a cut you like better elsewhere.

Actually, their Milano and Regent cut are pretty modern and trim with the Milano being most trim.

Here the link to the thread http://www.styleforum.net/t/530472/mtm-suit-recommendations-in-nyc#post_8605600
post #6 of 12

What about Balani? Anyone have experience with them?

post #7 of 12
No but if you do try them please report back and tell us how it went.
post #8 of 12

Try Kilgore Trout in Eton Place. Been there a couple times, service was great.

 

Let me know how that goes if you get a chance to make it out there. I'm looking to get a suit soon as well.

post #9 of 12
Talk about over priced. I walked in and looked at a tie for 300.00 and was like does it tie itself? The service is sub-par as I waited more than 15 mins before someone even said hello. Maybe things have gotten better from a few yrs ago. When I come back to Ohio I will stop by but, I am still not buying a 300.00 tie unless it ties itself..lol!
Edited by Alpha11 - 10/16/16 at 3:32pm
post #10 of 12

Are you talking about Kilgore Trout specifically?

post #11 of 12
Sorry about that but your assumption was correct. The price point for their suit are over inflated vanity prices. Anyway, it would be interesting to see what experience one would get now as mine was not very good at all.

Rather the OP goes with the kids BB, Kilgore & Trout, Christophier, or even Balani it hopes he reports back here. As I said it before I am happy with my suits that I have purchased form BB rather it be their OTR 1818 or their Made to measure 1818 or Golden Fleece models. They fit me like a glove and I really like the slim fit of their Milano and Regent.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Appreciate the replies. 

 

As of now, I'm planning on going with Cuffs when they have their spring sale.  If for some reason that doesn't work out, then probably BB.

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