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Bringing Steed Bespoke Tailors to San Francisco or Los Angeles

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    How to choose between Mina and steed?
     
  2. F. Corbera

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    This is not a valid question for most. One either likes one or the other, and maybe neither. And that's that.

    A couple of us like both, and wear it.

    A few more wear both SR and Italian stuff, more generally speaking. I can think of five guys on SF, off hand, but no more.

    Given that StyFo has, we're told, over 100K members, these examples are not significant.
     
  3. ThinkDerm

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    Which do you prefer
     
  4. F. Corbera

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    In the last eleven years, I've had nothing for the summer made by Steed.

    So, this summer, everything that I'm wearing is NSM, MBT, or Borrelli RTW from their old departed Linosa/Sorrento line.

    When fall comes, though, I'll wear Steed almost exclusively except for a few NSM and MBT numbers.
     
  5. ThinkDerm

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    Isn't your mbt paul jheeta?
     
  6. TheTukker

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    Really? Surprised to hear that; does that include people with multiple accounts?
     
  7. F. Corbera

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    Mario Zuccala.
     
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    No.
     
  9. TheTukker

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    :bigstar:
     
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    There are people on the West Coast that like tailored clothing. The problem you are facing here is that many of those people are probably not reading Style Forum, at least on any regular basis. You might find a decent number of men in the Bay area who may be interested in Steed, but I have no idea how you would go about getting word out to them. Then there is the issue of how many have heard of Steed? The Venn overlap between Style Forum (as a vehicle for frothing up interest), men who like tailored clothing on the West Coast, and men who have heard of and would spend money on Steed is probably not large.
     
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    I think you pretty much nailed it. They definitely have a very distinct silhouette and that's the issue. I'm not sure how many people out here on the west coast, especially L.A. are looking for that kind of style in their suits and sportcoats, as beautifully made as they are.
     
  12. philstan

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    I would be very interested in seeing Edwin here in San Francisco. As it is, I see him in NYC but frankly that's a pain in the @$$ as his schedule does not always coincide with mine and, anyway, SF is much closer to my West Coast home.

    In regards to the discussion about the differences between Tom Mahon and Edwin, I must admit to much preferring Edwin's cut. It is certainly very dramatic, but very flattering for a tall lanky frame like mine.

    I have had one suit made by Tom, but was very disappointed with both the cut and the service. It was certainly well made but due to a mixup on their part was cut as a DB when I had specified an SB. Anyway after some attempts to fix it in ensuing visits, it was recut as an SB and then sent to me without another fitting. Frankly, it rather looks that way and is not really wearablle in its current state. I hope that they can save it as it is cut from a lovely piece of discontinued Smiths Whole Fleece cloth.

    No such problems with Edwin. Everything that he's made me has been completely delicious.
     
  13. dieworkwear

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    philstan, sorry to hear about the Mahon order. Have you contacted Tom about it? I assume he will make things right.

    As for Edwin, yes, I'm a bit more interested in ordering from him as well. The minimum is ten orders. We have four interested parties, though I don't know who's ready and able to commit, and to how many. I can place two, maybe three, orders. If we get a few more people, perhaps this is doable.

    Are there any other interested parties out there? Think of your tweeds, corduroys, and heavy woolen flannels. Surely these would be better served through that beautiful, soft-shouldered, English drape cut that Edwin excels at. You can see some of his work here, here, and here. Some cloth books are also available here.
     
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    I am definitely interested. Just moved back to San Francisco.
     
  15. philstan

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    Yes, Tom does know and I'll be seeing him during his November visit. I do keep my fingers crossed that it can be sorted out, because it's a heart-breakingly beautiful piece of cloth.

    When is Edwin's possible visit supposed to happen?
     
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    I'm still trying to build enough interest to get the requisite number of orders. I may post something elsewhere online, see who can commit, and then count what we have. Will update people in a week or two.
     
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    how do we know what cloth is included in the bespoke offerings?
     
  18. ThinkDerm

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    Anyone in NY also use steed and have the current NY price list?
     
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    Apologies for bumping this thread, but in case anyone was interested, I wanted to give an update. We currently have five San Franciscans interested in putting in a total of seven orders. I've emailed Matthew to see if the ten-order minimum is a hard number. If anyone wants to join us, we're very close to making this a reality. One more person, I think, and we can have Steed come visit us in San Francisco. This would be a great opportunity to commission those beautiful tweeds and flannels for next fall.

    We few, we happy few.
     

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