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Thread Starter 
http://www.paulstuart.com/item_template.cfm?ItemId=904 I am 43 semi-long... how come only Paul Stuart makes semi long? I love they way they fit, all of my suits are Paul Stuart 43 semi long except those I got on that RL sale recently.
post #2 of 13
Paul Stuart makes a nice range of sizes and lengths. My brother-in- law is a 41 extra long (6'5", super lanky) and claims that Paul Stuart is the only place that carries his size.
post #3 of 13
me too. i haven't bought a PS suit in years -- i think i just forgot PS existed although i walked past their chicago store several times a week. but their semi-long size was perfect.
post #4 of 13
I really like the suit you linked up to. Do these things ever go on sale, either in the store or on the web?
post #5 of 13
I've never seen their standard suits go on sale--more's the pity. btw, why does Paul Stuart get a bad rap on this board? Their prices are not ridiculous, they show some originality with their styles but are always proper. They also make some really nice accessories. -boston
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I've never seen their standard suits go on sale--more's the pity. btw, why does Paul Stuart get a bad rap on this board? Their prices are not ridiculous, they show some originality with their styles but are always proper. They also make some really nice accessories. -boston
Have you heard bad things said about Paul Stuart? Their accesories are nice - they have a leather/silver flask that is gorgeous, their alligator wallets are very nice though pricey, their Trafalgar braces are nice, their Grensons are absolutely spectacular...
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have only shopped Paul Stuart on sale. I do not have their upslace line, but I bought 5 suits over the past 4 years or so... all on 30-40% off. It's a catch though, because the sale price doesnt include tailoring, so it's really not a sale, as you end up making the difference up paying them to cut if for you. If you pay retail, they tailor it inclusive. I mean you do save a little and the selection is obviously not as good. I own the suits that retail about $1,200 -$1,500 and have paid +/- $700 each + their charge to tailor. I know the suits they are famous for have side tabs and a nicer cut, but I'm not at that level yet. But on the question of sales, yes - Paul Stuart does have sales. I think they have one now in fact - in nyc.
post #8 of 13
Actually, Samuelsohn makes semi-long (they probably made the Paul Stuart suits). Unfortunately, they are often only available for MTM and not necessarily for off-the-rack models.
post #9 of 13
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Actually, Samuelsohn makes semi-long (they probably made the Paul Stuart suits).  Unfortunately, they are often only available for MTM and not necessarily for off-the-rack models.
I heard either here on SF or on AskAndy (or perhaps both) that the suits were Samuelsohn.  I haven't heard anything "bad" about about Paul Stuart, except maybe that the styling is fairly conservative and traditional. I have one Paul Stuart suit - which I need to get tailored to adjust the jacket sleeves and possibly get the waist slightly suppressed.  I purchased it "NWOT" on ebay for a rather competive price (helped by the fact that I can wear an odd number size), and while there is nothing wrong with it, I don't know if it truly was "NWOT" (I have my suspicions that it might have been worn - as it was previously tailored).  It is a 2 button suit in a gray flannel, and the top button placement is relatively lower than some of the more fashionable brands - maybe an inch to an inch and half lower than it is in a higher stanced 2 button Louis Boston Belvest (which I got from johnnynorman and also needs to be tailored).
post #10 of 13
I am not that much of an old salt, but I can definitely remember lots of Paul Stuart bashing from a few members. It largely had to do with the quality of their suits from a construction perspective. One of the tailors mentioned that they used an extra piece of cloth across the back to keep the vents from flapping open and a number of other 'kludges' that were meant to compensate for a poor cut. The above are not my opinions - I don't know enough about suit construction or PS clothing to judge - I just wanted to back up the original assertion that PS indeed had been bashed earlier.
post #11 of 13
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One of the tailors mentioned that they used an extra piece of cloth across the back to keep the vents from flapping open and a number of other 'kludges' that were meant to compensate for a poor cut.
Ha ha, yeah, I remember this. It's probably not the fault of the cut, since ready-to-wear suits are pretty standardized in terms of measurements. The guy probably had one butt cheek bigger than the other, and needed a bespoke tailor.
post #12 of 13
My favorite suit is from Paul Stuart, a 40 semi-long, navy cashmere blend chalkstripe flannel, full canvas, padstitched '2-1/2ish' button (this was a disputing point between Manton and me). Bought at a thrift shop for probably $30 or so in perfect condition, and draws multiple compliments every time I wear it. Anyone who bashes PS will answer to me.
post #13 of 13
I think it was Ken Pollack (though I could be mistaken) who has mentioned Paul Stuart and their history either here or on AAAC. Someone did. In essence, they're an conservative American style that sexes it up a bit. Sort of has small touches of flash. The good thing about a lot of the suitmakers that these stores buy from is that the store can pretty much order what it wants -- the little details or the semi-longs or what-have-you, and carry them without the cust. having to order MTM. I have found, but perhaps it's now different, that few Trad or Trad-like stores were carrying, for a long time, the forwarded pleated trouser, when they had suits with pleated trousers. This, for me, was horrible, as I like the forward pleat much better.
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