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post #16 of 19
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The alteration fee came up to be $149 + TAX
That's a more than reasonable price for that kind of alterations. However, if I remember correctly, you must have paid minimum $1.1k-$1.2k for that Canali suit. Add the tax and the alteration fee, you end up in the $1.5k zone. For $500 more you can have a custom-made/bespoke suit in Toronto, be treated royally, and choose whatever materials and cut you like.
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I know this lady tailor who is very skill full, but would cost a lot more if I bring her the suit, but at least I know the job will be done right.
No matter how skillful the lady is, if she starts messing up with the shoulder there will be problems. Most alteration tailors don't do it right, and the best tailors (the ones that do custom-made/bespoke too) will charge minimum $150-$200 for the reconstruction of the shoulders. I have posted previously about my experiences in Toronto with alterations of the jackets. The same lady did two of my jackets' shoulder alteration: one ended up quite nicely, but the other one was full of wrinkles. Since I had decided to try how far I could go on alterations, I didn't make a fuss out of it. I, simply, threw the bad one away (they were both very cheap suits anyway). So, if the shoulders of the suit jacket don't fit right don't buy it to start with.
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Should I take the suit back to her or should I leave it with H-R?  What do you think guys?
If you don't want to spend more money on alterations, sure send it back. Be grateful that they have generous return policies, and learn from your experience. Speaking of complaining, I wouldn't do it. If I were to tell you the bullshit that the sales people from different outlets (H-R, H-R, and many others) have told me, you would be insanely enraged. Just, smile and let go. Shopping and haggling is an art.
post #17 of 19
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Total, I paid $1350 CAD inc TAX. Canal suits at Harry outlet does not go below $1200 + TAX. So as retail, this was good buy IMO. The suit that I got is vintage brown/orange stripe.  It's sort of night on the town type of suit.  I would not wear the suit to work.  For whatever the reason, I find that RTW suit fabrics are more visually pleasing to fabrics that are available for MTM or bespoke. I got this feeling after going through Brioni, Kiton, and Canali swatch.
post #18 of 19
I know where you are coming from. Having had the same experience from some stores on the West Coast. College kids who think they know everything. Shop somewhere else. Be cooler than them.
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(fkl118 @ 01 Jan. 2005, 1:31) I've never bought a suit at H-R; may I ask how much they charge for alterations?  Surely no more than a good alteration place elsewhere? Anyways, congratulations on finding a good suit on sale.
The alteration fee came up to be $149 + TAX The alterations: Jacket: Sleeve shortening Jacket waist seams. Squaring shoulders. Surgernt cuffs. Pants: shrinking Waist - taking in 4 inches. tigh seams. length - no cuffs The tailor told me it was discounted price.  If I picked up suits at 50% off, I would have paid more on alteration.  I never have bought suits on sales @ harry so I do not know how much harry would charge for alteration for suits on sale. I know this lady tailor who is very skill full, but would cost a lot more if I bring her the suit, but at least I know the job will be done right. Should I take the suit back to her or should I leave it with H-R?  What do you think guys?
$149 (Canadian I assume?) is a very good price for that amount of alternation. Taking in 4 inches in waist. That's A LOT. I thought the max is 2". Did they take in all along the rear center seam? Did they reposition the rear center belt loops? Do the rear pockets almost meet? For the price I assume the button holes are machine-sewn? It's worth it to pay more for hand-sewn button holes.
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