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post #4816 of 52250
Hi Digger, my first thought was what on earth are you doing in those suits???

If you are just doing a regular office work I am a bit at a loss to explain why you are wearing out your trousers so quickly. It might be something to do with the material. Are the suits 100% wool or a wool-synthetic blend?

The brands you mentioned are not popular here. Invariably such suits are fused, boxy in shape and not particuarly well constructed. Sorry!

It may be better in the longer term to consider a quality off the rack suit. Some options - Herringbone, MJ Bale, Ralph Lauren Black Label, and Caruso from Harrolds (when on sale).

HTH
post #4817 of 52250
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post
This is very true, at RRP, there's no reason not to go with PJ as the value he is offering is unbeatable. However, HB and MJBale are easily had at $500 a suit - it appears that Van Laack have alot more lax discounting, and thus I would never pay full retail anymore. So it really becomes a comparison between a $1400 M2M or $5-600 OTR which both represent superior value over any of sydney's other offerings.

With regards to the fit of MJB, it does appear a bit boxier than the older HB osaka cut.

+1. I think both HB and MJB on sale offer very good value at $500-750. Also, while MTM is a great option and has the potential to produce great results, it is also frought with dangers when iGents start telling tailors how to do their job. Just look at the WAYWRN pages to see some classic "bespoke" and MTM disasters. OTR has it's compromises, but it also offers convenience over MTM, just as MTM offers an expedited and cheaper process vs true bespoke.

On the MiJ issue - I agree with PG it's totally irrelevant. Fit is far more important and results will vary depending on your body type, so people need to get out there and try the stuff on before they can make a decision about which cuts suit them best.
post #4818 of 52250
Digger,

They're not great quality products, but I don't reckon higher quality is going to increase the durability stakes. Maybe it would help with shine - cheaper suits shine up pretty quickly.

You've already spotted the need to get two trousers.

My guess is you are a bit on the chunky side and you may also not have enough suits. Don't wear a suit (or at least a pair of trousers) more than once a week. It will extend their life span quite a bit if you can do this, because the fabric gets a chance to rest between wearings.

Good luck.
post #4819 of 52250
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post
D'Urban suits @ 30% off a good deal? Looking at the DJs flier at the moment.
- makes no difference if it doesn't fit
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post
If you want to see an MJB suit on a living model, Matt Preston wears one on MasterChef just about every night. Sure he's a little flamboyant, but IMO the fit of his jackets and trousers is very good. This is especially the case considering IRL he is one huge MoFo.
- I've seen him IRL & he looks like CRAP - IMO he is too BIG for MJB - I actually thought he may have been dressed by some comic genius from the planet Zinc..
post #4820 of 52250
thanks HTH and Salavaggo, you are both spot on the money.

I consider myself well built rather than chunky, but I get your point.

You are both correct - I walk 3kms every lunchtime to keep the heart working and I also wear the suits fairly serially i.e. wear one until it has nearly had it, then buy another one and wear 2 for a while until old one looks like rubbish etc.

I agree that I have not been buying much quality (nor much style) but am willing to learn.



I think I am getting it with shoes - as I have upgraded from my Florsheim Comfortech's to three pairs of lovely English made shoes (Cheaney, Church's and my favourite new ones are Crockett and Jones).
I don't find the English shoes terribly comfortable - but they do look good.

thanks again

Digger

also, I think they are the suits are 100% wool - the one I bought form the city suit shop says Super 100 on it.
post #4821 of 52250
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Originally Posted by Doug11 View Post
I also wear the suits fairly serially i.e. wear one until it has nearly had it, then buy another one and wear 2 for a while until old one looks like rubbish etc.

That, I suggest, is the main issue - you need to rotate your suits. Ideally don't wear the same suit more than once per week. Before I knew better I used to do the same thing with shoes!

Good to see you are learning and buying great shoes - good on you!

HTH = hope that helps

HTH
Ben
post #4822 of 52250
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post
If you want to see an MJB suit on a living model, Matt Preston wears one on MasterChef just about every night. Sure he's a little flamboyant, but IMO the fit of his jackets and trousers is very good. This is especially the case considering IRL he is one huge MoFo.

I think Gary is a slightly better example. I like the shoulders and lapel design but something is off with the chest.
post #4823 of 52250
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Originally Posted by meister View Post
Any of you guys looking for dub monks? = new 10.5DUSA. I have a pair of BBs/AS and a pair of black Magnannis soon. Just an interest check for now.

Don't tempt me. But it would depend on colour, price etc.
post #4824 of 52250
Anyone else in Sydney for CeBIT conference at the moment? Interesting so far ...

Edit: and if so, be sure to visit Redoak, best beer anywhere by far ... a must-visit for me every time I come here.
post #4825 of 52250
I put the blazer on ebay and just letting you know as this blazer is the REAL THING JH Cutler Bespoke and you won't find better anywhere IMHO. The measurements and photos are there so if it fits you can get a bargain for a big timers garment....
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Stunning-...#ht_996wt_1025 MINT
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Originally Posted by jaypee View Post
Throw some photos up.

I'm going to grab a PJ suit later this year, as soon as i thin out my other suits.

Not much point have 11 suits when I work in advertising and my uniform is jeans and a tee
post #4826 of 52250
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Originally Posted by Doug11 View Post
Hi,'
I hope this isn't like asking on a Ferrari Forum "Can I buy a reliable model?" but I totally wear out (as in destroy) about 4 suits every year and would like to get something a bit more durable before the bank forceloses on my Credit Cards.

I buy reasonably cheap - middle range suits (Fletcher Jones Purple label 100% wool, Anthony Squires,A suit from one of those suit shops in the city for $499 and a Studio Italiano for DJ's)- but will spend more if there is value in it.

All 4 wore out the pants in less than 18 months - either shiny ass or crotch worn through or just look like crasp.
I will go for the 2 trouser suits next - but would like advice on hard wearing.

thanks
Digger

Do you dryclean your suits a lot?
post #4827 of 52250
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Originally Posted by Jimbosaurus View Post
I think Gary is a slightly better example. I like the shoulders and lapel design but something is off with the chest.
Gary is a client of MJB as well I believe.
post #4828 of 52250
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Originally Posted by Phat Guido View Post
- I've seen him IRL & he looks like CRAP
- IMO he is too BIG for MJB
- I actually thought he may have been dressed by some comic genius from the planet Zinc..

You should tell him he looks like "crap" nex time you see him. At about 6'5" and almost as wide, I heard he made a fearsome loose head in his day and isn't shy for a bit of knuckle.

FWIW, I think 90% of the posters on WAYWRN look like Batman villains; Preston wouldn't rate a second glance in that company. He does overdo the cravate though.
post #4829 of 52250
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post
Gary is a client of MJB as well I believe.

Yup, end of the show I'm pretty sure it says "Gary is dressed by... MJ Bale"
post #4830 of 52250
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Originally Posted by ryanohare View Post
Do you dryclean your suits a lot?
Perhaps he might actually be a secret agent like, you know, the James Bond of Australia - except only with the crap funding of ASIS.
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