So. Suiting. It's time for me to buy my first Suit. Well. Non POS RDX suit that is. I'm after a vibrant navy. Something similar to this;
With notch lapels and flap pockets.
I had a fitting with Oscar Hunt today, but I'm not convinced, now that I learn the suits are made in china. ZZZ. Huddersfield cloth though. Also very expensive, at $1300.
I'd like fully canvased. Another idea I had, buying the material myself, and taking it to a tailor to get made up. But is there anyone good who will do this for me in Melbourne?
Foxhound, I'm sorry in advance if I come off abrupt, but there are multiple issues here:
1) Your first suit should definitely not be a fully canvassed $1300 MTM number. Frankly, until you have been wearing suits for a while you will have no idea what looks good on you, what is comfortable and what is versatile.
2) That something is made in China is increasingly irrelevant. China now has the ability to make extremely high quality suits and jackets and this has revolutionised the entire industry
3) If you are only getting one suit, being fully canvassed is probably overkill. The marginal benefit of full canvas compared to half canvas is not worth it in many cases, and will make your suit too warm to wear in Spring, Summer and even warm Autumn days.
4) I have never heard of Oscar Hunt. This doesn't mean particularly much (I'm nothing special), but I do pride myself on monitoring the menswear space in Australia. Upon further investigation they appear to be one of the dime-a-dozen startups over the past five years offering average offshore MTM services. The pictures I could find (and there weren't many which is perhaps illuminating in itself) were not impressive, particularly for the amount of money you were thinking of spending. The lapels in particular were shocking, not a pick stitch to be seen.
5) You won't save that much money in Australia buying fabric and taking it to a tailor, and many tailors will turn you down anyway
6) My longest and most difficult point:
Your attitude to buying a suit appears to reflect your overall attitude to buying clothing (which I can only attempt to ascertain from your posts on this forum). You dive into everything way too quickly. You are accumulating a wardrobe and other accessories at such a rate than I think you will look back on and regret.
- Firstly, you are 19, likely still growing, you likely are still "discovering yourself" (for lack of a less kitschy phrase) and consequently you are likely still developing a sense of style, since our style is the most obvious way in which we all present our image of ourselves, or more likely the image which we want to be. The rate at which you expand your wardrobe should reflect this.
- Secondly, allow yourself more time to mull over whether you want or need something, how it fits into your existing collection and how much wear you will get out of it. You appear to be purchasing a whole range of items with limited versatility. When people do this (and I have fallen into this trap many times), they come off extremely contrived and often insecure, because the clothing wears them and not the other way around.
- Thirdly, you are spending ALOT of money for a 19 year old. If you are a Russian oligarch (it wouldn't be the strangest thing you have posted), please ignore this point. If not, consider if you are actually getting the satisfaction out of your purchases that you think you will. Sure, you have the right to spend your money as you please (at least I hope it's your money), but coming from a bloke not much older than you, you will regret it if you have forfeited the ability to spend your money on other things because you are trying to dress to an aesthetic you garnered from a warped internet forum.
Sooooo, in closing I would reccomend going to MJ Bale or somewhere cheap, spending less money on multiple suits, with much though to versatility and longevity, getting them altered and revisiting the prospect of getting something made in a while when you can better ascertain your concept of what looks good on you and what you want to dress like.