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post #16 of 28
Bingo. 1950's and military look. Heavy, fused, no roll, no drape. I believe that this can be fixed. I'm going to talk about getting my next two shirts unlined, über roll button downs. I'll have to see if I can find mafoo's BB OCBD MTO post were he got the roll going. I don't believe aesthetics are subjective, I think when people see a light canvas construction, rolled lapel and drape cut the majority of people will love it. I'll talk to them about deconstruction. Is there anything else you guys want me to pass on? There is a saville row cutter who used to work for anderson and shepard who does a good blog, including drape and minimal lining. I'll throw that their way.
post #17 of 28
Yes about referring them to the Tom Mahon blog, that would be good. I think they watched the documentary "Tailor in Cumbria" I recall them talking about it one time when I went to visit the store.

I wouldn't say over structured even. Something like Huntsmans has a very military look but actually I think that is a good thing for them. The Cloakroom is very two dimensional. I think they need to understand some different house styles and work out what style they have.
post #18 of 28
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post #19 of 28
The Cloakroom has opened a store in Sydney recently. Reading this thread I'm not sure if I should bother to drop in for a look or not.

I guess the verdict is it's a great store by Aussie standards, but only reasonable by any objective measure. Anyone been in the Sydney store to confirm/deny this??
post #20 of 28
Prince, I have been to their Brisbane store for a few months, so I don't know what their style is like at present. In the past, though, as neyus and other have noted, their MTM suits have looked a little disappointing. The shoulders - even the lightly padded option - look quite heavy, the pick-stitching on the suits is rather too ostentatious, and the overall look just doesn't sit right with me. However, that is naturally just my opinion, and others might like the way that their suits look. The Cloakroom has a blog which at least gives you a heads up as to what they are planning and selling - http://cloakroomsuite220.blogspot.com/. Whilst I am not such a big fan of their suits and jackets, I do like the fact that they import Grensons and sell them at very reasonable prices. Anyone looking for a reasonable pair of English shoes should definitely consider visiting them for that reason alone.
post #21 of 28
they have a few interesting pieces coming up soon...u guys can have a look at them on their website. generally, thecloakroom has two ''lines'', pistols at dawn, which is their RTW, and MTM service for suits, jackets, and trousers. it is not bad for the price of the MTM suits, with a relatively wide range of selections of fabrics. but of coz because they are not tailors themselves, it is impossible to have a full bespoke experience, and also becoz they also have a RTW line, their turn around time is actually quite long. Nevertheless, it is worth visiting and placing a few orders from them, they are quite solid according to my personal experience. Andrew and Josh are very nice as well....
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
Whilst I am not such a big fan of their suits and jackets, I do like the fact that they import Grensons and sell them at very reasonable prices. Anyone looking for a reasonable pair of English shoes should definitely consider visiting them for that reason alone.

Yes, I'd have to say that the fact they are the only guys who sell Grensons in Australia (that I know of) is the main carrot for me personally to go there. I have a tailor in Sydney whom I am very happy with so I doubt I'll be going to the CR for my suits, but I'll have a look at their blog nevertheless.
post #23 of 28
Did we ever get to the bottom of who their tailor in HK is?
post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
on the verge of ordering my first mtm suit from cloakroom, just wondering if anyone has had one made by them in the last 12 months and if so, what was the experience like? happy with the result?
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by ruzzi View Post
on the verge of ordering my first mtm suit from cloakroom, just wondering if anyone has had one made by them in the last 12 months and if so, what was the experience like? happy with the result?

I've never ordered anything from them, so take what I say with a large pinch of salt.

In my opinion, the Cloakroom's products are fashionable, rather than stylish.
Of course, we can have a big debate about what constitutes one or the other.
However, all of the suits and jackets that I've seen from the Cloakroom are short, tight, with skinny lapels. That is, as I understand it, their signature (not that it's particularly original).

I also haven't been particularly impressed by the shoulders on the jackets that I've seen, nor with the pick-stitching along the lapels.

However, all the above comes down to personal taste. If you like skinny, short fits with narrow lapels and rather ostentatious pick-stitching, then the Cloakroom fills a niche.

They have certainly been successful in developing a name for themselves, and good on them for that - and I think that the fact that they have stuck quite closely to their particular, overtly-fashionable style has helped with that, as it has given them some recognition.

I prefer to order my suits from elsewhere in Brisbane (see this post over in the Australian member's thread), but I do see a few people walking around town in Cloakroom jackets, so they do have a following here.
post #26 of 28

I wish I could give The Cloakroom a good review - I really like the idea of it but, unfortunately in my experience, the reality doesn't match the promise.

 

I've had several garments made here, including a dinner suit, a blazer and four shirts. The dinner suit has stood up well, largely because I haven't it worn it often. A little over a year later, three of the four shirts are torn at the elbow. The black blazer was unwearable after about 18 - 24 months because it was so worn around the edges.

 

The guys are nice enough, but the service, sadly, matches the poor quality of the garments. The shirts took over six months to make with little explanation, and many of my emails were unanswered. And at the time of writing, one of the shirts has been with them for over a month for repair. Yet all of the clothes are made in Hong Kong, where, famously, you can order a suit in the morning and have it ready in the evening of the same day.

post #27 of 28

Its a shame to see such negative reviews of someone trying to start run a M2M service in Australia, but from what I see there are many such stories. It would be great if Australian tailors delivered on their promises,as the ones who do are let down by an industry that seems to be guilty of conning customers and as a result scaring them off ever having garments made again due to the hassles involved. I have a friend who has tried three separate times to have things made, none of which have ever been completed on time, or to satisfaction, and the same story applies, no response to emails, promises not met, appointments not kept, deadlines not met. Seriously makers here really need to get their s__t together or else we are going to scare all the people willing to try M2M and bespoke away.
 

post #28 of 28

I am sorry, but Agog's review is unashamedly dishonest.

 

It is a significant understatement to say that the Cloakroom's service is astonishing. Nothing compares, and it leaves R&R and Mitchell Ogilvie dead in the water.

 

To suggest first, that it take 6 months to deliver a shirt is to strain creduilty too far. It takes 10 days.

 

Second, Agog must have simply been emailing another business if he was unable to provoke a response. The Cloakroom staff go out of their way to assist clients which is consistent with the tenor of the other replies on this thread.


There is little doubt in my mind that Agog's review is not genuine.

 

 

I have purchased a lot of clothing from the Cloakroom. Not all of it has been perfect on first receipt, but issues are always immediately addressed and without question.

 

They have a wide range of fabrics and their suits are fully canvassed (no glue) and well finished. The canvasses are heavy (compare say a Borrelli) but that is a matter of personal preference.

 

I highly recommend.

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