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post #19126 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

Got this in the work email today, anyone heard of him? Not in the market but I might wander up to check it out.
Prince Sachdev tailor based in Bangkok from Royal Asia Boutique (with access to some of Thailand’s best seamstresses) will be returning to the Melbourne office this week. Prince can arrange tailor made suits and shirts for you at a great price.
Prince will visit Melbourne:
Thursday 18 October & Friday 19 October
8.30am - 6pm
No need to book an appointment just pop up to see Prince on level 21
Pricing will depend on the quality of the fabric – whether be it cheaper or expensive, are all and only of the highest standard and there would be no compromising on standards of quality or manufacture (see details below).
Ladies & Men’s Package
A
2 Jacket (Cashmere Wool )
2 Trousers (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
2 Skirts (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
6 Shirts (Silk or Cotton)
All This will cost around AUD $999
B
2 Jacket (Cashmere Wool )
2 Trousers (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
2 Skirts (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
All This for AUD $799
C
3 Jacket (Cashmere Wool )
3 Trousers (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
3 Skirts (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
8 Shirts (Silk or Cotton)
All This will cost around AUD $1,299
*2 Suit's Package must be from the same size but can be different style color or fabric.
*All the prices include postage with insurance.
Purchases will be charged to your credit card in Thai Baht. The pricing above is based on an exchange rate of 32 baht to 1 Australian dollar.

 

how many skirts do you currently own?

post #19127 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

Those things don't breathe very well by all accounts.
Nice looking coat though.

Would have thought it was similar to a Barbour? My barbour is far from cool, I put it away in the warmer months.
post #19128 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

Got this in the work email today, anyone heard of him? Not in the market but I might wander up to check it out.
 

First few hits on google say that he's the worst tailor in bangkok.

 

I wonder how much an individual shirt would cost. That would be a reasonable test of quality, without a $1000 investment!

post #19129 of 56086
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post


I wonder how much an individual shirt would cost. That would be a reasonable test of quality, without a $1000 investment!

Very, very happy with Luxire so I don't think I can even be bothered with that. I will probably just go up and check out the fabrics and have a chat.
post #19130 of 56086
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Originally Posted by jaypee View Post
Probably Herringbone depending on your body type.

 

Herringbone is the best entry level suit? Interesting that you say that. Isn't MJ Bale the better Herringbone, but at the same price?

 

 

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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

 

In all honesty, just buy something you think looks good for less than $500 and wear it for a while. Or thrift something, which may well look better. Don't bother about what this forum says until you form your own sense of style which takes a while. After you've worked for six months or so, take a step up and buy something nicer using what you've learnt. Maybe you won't give a shit anymore after you see the way everyone else dresses, maybe you still will in which case you'll have a much better idea of what you want.

 

So any suit under $500 is on the cheap end, probably won't last a long time, but it will good enough for the work place where I can think about my own style and buy up from there?

 

$500 is Calibre, Saba etc.? Suits from department stores and Westfields?

post #19131 of 56086
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Originally Posted by Jimbosaurus View Post

Would have thought it was similar to a Barbour? My barbour is far from cool, I put it away in the warmer months.

yes but that's the thing doesn't Gerry want it for warmer use?

I know the EP mac has a removable liner, but I have read that with the fabric Mack uses they can be like a sauna inside and are pretty much only good for when it is wet AND cold.

Stepping back a little, why do you want to wear a hooded coat to wear with a suit?

I have always thought that hood + suit looks a bit wrong myself... That's what umbrellas are for. Unless you live somewhere that it snows.
post #19132 of 56086
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post

Herringbone is the best entry level suit? Interesting that you say that. Isn't MJ Bale the better Herringbone, but at the same price?



So any suit under $500 is on the cheap end, probably won't last a long time, but it will good enough for the work place where I can think about my own style and buy up from there?

$500 is Calibre, Saba etc.? Suits from department stores and Westfields?

Missed your other posts but if you live in Melb I would definitely go to Azzaro for your first suit. For your second, save up for MJBale/Herringbone or step it up to PJohnson, or an online option like Kent Wang MTM, Suit Supply etc.
post #19133 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post


Missed your other posts but if you live in Melb I would definitely go to Azzaro for your first suit. For your second, save up for MJBale/Herringbone or step it up to PJohnson, or an online option like Kent Wang MTM, Suit Supply etc.

Azzaro looks pretty good, except I live in Sydney.

 

I will definitely check out Bale and Bone, they seem quite reasonable on price.

 

Any other decent suggestions for the tier below Bale and Bone?

post #19134 of 56086
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post

Azzaro looks pretty good, except I live in Sydney.

I will definitely check out Bale and Bone, they seem quite reasonable on price.

Any other decent suggestions for the tier below Bale and Bone?

Check out (or at least call up) the Herringbone outlet to see what they have in your size. Might get lucky - I imagine they will dump winter stock in there soon.
post #19135 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post


Check out (or at least call up) the Herringbone outlet to see what they have in your size. Might get lucky - I imagine they will dump winter stock in there soon.

 

I am a 36" Chest, 30" Waist. Seems like all those suits have been sold out.

 

Bone appears significantly more expensive than Bale.

 

What % off RRP would you consider a bargain? Bale is doing 2 suits for $1,000 - but all the 36"-30" are sold out :( (online, but not stores). There is also a Lane Way sale kicking up very shortly.


Edited by JimmyHoffa - 10/15/12 at 6:01pm
post #19136 of 56086
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post

 

Herringbone is the best entry level suit? Interesting that you say that. Isn't MJ Bale the better Herringbone, but at the same price?

 

 

 

So any suit under $500 is on the cheap end, probably won't last a long time, but it will good enough for the work place where I can think about my own style and buy up from there?

 

$500 is Calibre, Saba etc.? Suits from department stores and Westfields?

I wouldn't say that price is an indication of how long a suit will last. For passable suits on the cheap I'd check out TM Lewin, Studio Italia, Country Road.

 

If you really appreciate the difference and want them, step it up to Herringbone/MJ Bale/Rhodes and Beckett/Polo Ralph Lauren. Unless there is a sale on, the only truly affordable option is MJ Bale's two for $1000 deal which you can share with someone else if you only want one suit. It's not quite as simple as "Herringbone make nice suits go there". Depends entirely on your body shape, in particular your shoulders. Defined shoulder pads look awful on me as I have large shoulders but might be perfect for you.

 

Another option is Suitsupply.com, but this is risky and will require much reading due to their different cuts. Again, IMO it's best to get something cheap in Australia for a first suit and look at this later.

 

It's entirely up to you given your budget/style/time. The only two rules that I have are:

1) Appreciate that 99% of people don't give a shit about the types of suits that Style forum goes on about in an office environment. I got more compliments when I wore skinny ties and lapels than I do now I own some nice stuff. If you're looking for a nicer suit because you think it's expected in an office environment, don't. Case in point: The most senior people at my firm think Aquila is the pinnacle of men's footwear in Australia. You have already passed them sartorially if you have bought 1880s.

 

2) Don't go made to measure for your first suit unless you have a very strange body shape. It's not worth the money given the risk if you do it online. As for P Johnson, even if you have the money save it and go there in a while when you can appreciate the difference. I have been lurking on styleforum for two years and had a passion for men's clothing for longer and I don't think I'll be ready for a P Johnson suit for a little while yet (although I'm only 20).

 

Good luck!

post #19137 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post


yes but that's the thing doesn't Gerry want it for warmer use?
I know the EP mac has a removable liner, but I have read that with the fabric Mack uses they can be like a sauna inside and are pretty much only good for when it is wet AND cold.
Stepping back a little, why do you want to wear a hooded coat to wear with a suit?
I have always thought that hood + suit looks a bit wrong myself... That's what umbrellas are for. Unless you live somewhere that it snows.

 

I'd love to get a nice Fox umbrella but am worried about leaving it on the train and carrying it around. I might just bite the bullet and get one.

post #19138 of 56086
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

I'd love to get a nice Fox umbrella but am worried about leaving it on the train and carrying it around. I might just bite the bullet and get one.

If you decide to go with the umbrella option, check out Kent Wang or HY's offerings (they are identical - same factory in Italy AFAIK).

Significantly cheaper than a Fox umbrella and, from what I have read, the quality is up there.

Shipping from KW is pretty cheap too.
post #19139 of 56086
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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

I wouldn't say that price is an indication of how long a suit will last. For passable suits on the cheap I'd check out TM Lewin, Studio Italia, Country Road.

 

If you really appreciate the difference and want them, step it up to Herringbone/MJ Bale/Rhodes and Beckett/Polo Ralph Lauren. Unless there is a sale on, the only truly affordable option is MJ Bale's two for $1000 deal which you can share with someone else if you only want one suit. It's not quite as simple as "Herringbone make nice suits go there". Depends entirely on your body shape, in particular your shoulders. Defined shoulder pads look awful on me as I have large shoulders but might be perfect for you.

 

It's entirely up to you given your budget/style/time. The only two rules that I have are:

1) Appreciate that 99% of people don't give a shit about the types of suits that Style forum goes on about in an office environment. I got more compliments when I wore skinny ties and lapels than I do now I own some nice stuff. If you're looking for a nicer suit because you think it's expected in an office environment, don't. Case in point: The most senior people at my firm think Aquila is the pinnacle of men's footwear in Australia. You have already passed them sartorially if you have bought 1880s.

 

2) Don't go made to measure for your first suit unless you have a very strange body shape. It's not worth the money given the risk if you do it online. As for P Johnson, even if you have the money save it and go there in a while when you can appreciate the difference. I have been lurking on styleforum for two years and had a passion for men's clothing for longer and I don't think I'll be ready for a P Johnson suit for a little while yet (although I'm only 20).

 

Good luck!

 

What an excellent post. Very easy to read.

 

Thanks for your advice.

 

I went online MTM for my first 2 suits - 2 fully canvassed suits with extra trousers and 5 shirts for $1,000. One grey one charcoal. I was thinking at the time that decent Australian retailing suits were out of my financial budget.

 

I think it was a mistake. You nailed it on the head - it isn't as simply as getting measured and giving them 21 measurements and getting a perfect fitting suit in the mail 21 days latter.

 

I still have $1,000 to spend. I had planned on getting a H&S Navy blue MTM with extra trousers, except now I am thinking about getting 2 MJ Bale suits (Lane Way sale this thursday).

 

My budget was to be $3,000 for my first job. $2,000 on 3 suits, $600 on shoes, $400 on 5 shirts and anything left over on ties, socks, underwear, belts and a leather bag.

 

Michael

 

P.S Loved your Aquila comment - I own a pair of their driving Mocs. Feels nice for the first 20 wears and cheap after that.

post #19140 of 56086

Hi Michael,

 

EDIT: You're not in Melb, ignore this paragraph!

 

 

I'm not sure if you already know this, but MJ Bale are opening up in Melb in flinders lane in Nov. 

 

Also if you're in Melb, check out Tolley in Bourke street. They are just down from American tailors, and they have a good range of suits. Although their range of 36 chest suits are small/non-existent, but they can get them in. They offer a MTM service as well, which is about $1000 from memory. Frankly though, I'd stick to off the rack in the beginning, until you know what you want.

 

I've got a suit from SuitSupply and it's great, but I was in a position to order different sizes and return the ones that didn't fit. This probably isn't the best option, especially in the beginning. Stick to MJ Bale, especially as you're a sydneysider!

 

As someone else who is starting to enter the world of better dressing, I'd say start slow. 

 

Also for the shirts, check out MJ Bale's 5 for $240. Good selection of CBD-appropriate shirts in there. 

 

Cheers,

 

Alex

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