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post #28201 of 33197
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post


Do you find yourself having occasions to wear tuxedos?
If so, whet is your budget?

If not, why not have her buy you a suit....


Well, we haven't been to a black tie event in a couple of years.  She would definitely very much like to start, and I think I can probably swing invitations to gala charity function type events a couple of times a year.

 

She did originally make this offer when I was thinking of wearing a suit for the wedding.  For various reasons I decided I should go black tie, and I started looking at OTR pretty much for the reason you're getting at, and then I started thinking about MTM.

 

She brought up the bespoke idea again, specifically for the tuxedo, and although I protested that it won't get enough use to justify the extra expense, she wants me to have something I feel great about for the wedding.  My personal preference would be to find something a lot cheaper that I feel great about.  But if it is true that a $3000 bespoke suit will really feel different to me then I understand the reasons for it. 

 

I normally drink $12 bottles of wine, and will sometimes splurge for a highly recommended $25 bottle and they really are much better.  But a few times I have had a much much higher grade (and price) of wine, and I really do get why people will spend hundreds of dollars for something they will consume in a single evening. There is a level of specialness that I have never encountered even in excellent $25 bottles that really are very very good.  It's an experience that sticks in a way that "Hey that tasted super super good" doesn't really capture.

 

I don't know clothes very well, but I do believe it is possible that there is a similar phenomenon in tailoring, where you go -- Oh man, I never new I could feel this good about the way I look.  I am just too ignorant to know (a) if it really does exist, or (b) how to go about seeking it.  I won't be willing to waste her money on a $3000 tux if it's not something I believe could be on that level.

post #28202 of 33197
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So other than Mr. Ned, do people have suggestions, and opinions, on bespoke tailors in NYC, or on other ways to do better than Black lapel?

I have used Ned in the past but now prefer MTM from Ercole's which is a bit pricier than Ned but IMO both a better experience and a better final product. Best to email for pricing - I think I remember hearing e.g. that prices can be different based on whether you go out to them in Brooklyn or to the midtown shop.

Edit: even bespoke from Ercole would most likely run below your $3k figure. From what I have surmised, the same is very much not true of the few well-regarded bespoke tailors left in manhattan.
post #28203 of 33197
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Originally Posted by TM79 View Post

@David Reeves does bespoke work in NYC and has his own thread here with many pictures of his work.

I think he'll come in at the high end of your budget range, though. It won't be Mr. Ned prices from what I can tell.

Yes you would be looking at 3000 for a dinner suit from me.

In terms of quality difference between something like an OTR at $600 let me just say that when I make a suit at my price point I have a lot more budget to simply make the suit than any OTR suit at $600 and that makes a huge difference. Without giving too much away I can tell you that I spend more than 600 on cloth, linings and trims on one of my suits and that does not include construction and alterations.

Aside from creative direction, customer service and experience that big budget just really helps me to make great suits.

post #28204 of 33197
David, i'm a big fan of that tuxedo pic, very nice...
post #28205 of 33197
^ That is one good looking jacket.
post #28206 of 33197
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Originally Posted by mfridman View Post

So the summer has officially arrived in my part of the world, the temperature outside being 85F and pure sunshine, no clouds to see anywhere.

Given that I walk to my office (about 15-20 minutes walk), and I usually wear a suit or a trousers/odd jacket combo with a tie to work, is it OK to take off your jacket while outside, and carry it in over your arm?

It is too hot to walk with a jacket on in direct sunlight, no matter the fabric (I wore an unconstructed 100% linen jacket today and still felt like I was about to melt).

Proper gentlemen used to pass out from heat stroke rather than take their jackets off. If this were the 1800s, even up to 1950s England, I would say that you keep a stiff upper lip and sweat it out. This is the 21st century, however, and these rules rarely apply anymore in anything but the most formal of settings.

I think it is totally acceptable to take off your jacket on your walk to work, but not at an outdoor wedding, funeral, or graduation commencement. Oh, and the christening of a sailing ship, if you happen to be invited to one of those. wink.gif
post #28207 of 33197

Is it just me or do tuxedos generally look kinda shit/boring/gaudy/plastic-y/whatever. They always look like costumes, and I know they are meant to be, kind of, but not in a nice way. I'm cool with morning suits though. They seem far more interesting aesthetically. Much more personality.

post #28208 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Isolation View Post

Is it just me or do tuxedos generally look kinda shit/boring/gaudy/plastic-y/whatever. They always look like costumes, and I know they are meant to be, kind of, but not in a nice way. I'm cool with morning suits though. They seem far more interesting aesthetically. Much more personality.


It's just you!
post #28209 of 33197
Rented Men's Wearhouse jackets may look like that.

The one David Reeves posted is a beast, and shits all over those rent-a-jackets.
post #28210 of 33197


What would be the best color(s) for a surcingle belt to pair with blue & white seersucker when wearing white bucks?

 

I've avoided the dilemma when wearing the full suit by using suspenders or replacing the bucks with tan calfskin but I have a couple other pair of SS trousers I would wear separately, i.e. without tie & jacket, with the bucks if I had a proper belt.

 

Many thanks.

post #28211 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post
 


What would be the best color(s) for a surcingle belt to pair with blue & white seersucker when wearing white bucks?

 

I've avoided the dilemma when wearing the full suit by using suspenders or replacing the bucks with tan calfskin but I have a couple other pair of SS trousers I would wear separately, i.e. without tie & jacket, with the bucks if I had a proper belt.

 

Many thanks.

Doesn't matter, as long as the tabs on the surcingle are tan.

 

It's casual dressing. I mean, the kind of very American look you're going for with bucks, seersucker, and surcingle can benefit from not being over-thought.

 

Though of course, navy with a red stripe is very classic. Obviously, anything with a red will work. I might not wear a solid in an autumnal color.

post #28212 of 33197

What do you guys think of this 4X2 double-breasted cut?  
 

 

I tried on this suit in Navy, it felt great but just looked off.  Is it just my double-breasted virginity making me uncomfortable?  or is the cut just not right?

post #28213 of 33197
Looks really short.
post #28214 of 33197

Hi everyone,

 

I have a question regarding this shirt.  I am thinking about sending it for measurements to make an MTM shirt.  Any comments on the fit?  

 

 

 

 

post #28215 of 33197

I went to a new tailor to have jacket sleeve alterations, and he seems to have damaged the fabric.

 

Is there any way it can be repaired?

 


Edited by RPM1 - 7/8/14 at 5:59pm
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