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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Rudals

    Rudals Well-Known Member

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    ...hmmm...but the suits come from the EU LOL
     
  2. Monkeyface

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    Perhaps I should open my own Formosa store in the EU [​IMG]
     
  3. Rudals

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    There must be a store that carries Formosa suits in Europe
     
  4. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Well-Known Member

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    Not to my knowledge.
     
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    Ah, didn't see you location. Too bad. At least you'll be in NY in a few months!
     
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  7. Monkeyface

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    Yeah, looking forward to visiting stores such as the armoury, epaulet, etc. It is a little odd that many Italian brands can only be bought either in Italy or in the US.
     
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    Formosa is a bespoke house. As far as I know, they don't do much RTW stuff--not sure how Greg managed to convince them to hand make a bunch of suits and then let him sell them for half their normal price.
     
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  9. Rudals

    Rudals Well-Known Member

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    :embar:
     
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    I hope you didn't find my post dismissive. But if you think about what difference 1/8" makes on an overall shoulder measurement, you'd probably conclude that this is not how you can make your decisions. Think about it in terms of range (e.g. 18-19" for shoulders, xx-yy" for chest, zz-aa" for length, etc...), everything else cannot truly be gauged until you try it on. Which means that you should really only shop online from places that offer easy and free returns. You're correct that we can't offer free return shipping for intercontinental transactions (shipping is just too damn expensive!), but I'm sure some European stores do.

    Hope to see you in a couple of months - we my still have your size in the navy fresco. Hard to say :)
     
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    There aren't any, except Formosa itself in Naples and Milan. But they don't have ready to wear suits there
    There are substantial cost savings in buying cloth in bulk (piece or half-piece) rather than suit length, and of course in not having multiple fittings. We also choose to sell them at a compressed margin (like we do for the G. Inglese shirts) because we want people to consider them and try them. That also means that we can't mark them down much like we'd normally do on ready-to-wear products.
     
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    Well there you go. It's pretty awesome regardless. I hope they are super successful, they are gorgeous suits.
     
  13. Rudals

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    Def gonna get them if I don't go bespoke.
     
  14. Monkeyface

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    Thank you for your detailed reply. Your original post did not come off as dismissive at all, if anything it was very helpful. Usually, I fret a little too much about precise measurements when shopping online, so it's good to know I can relax a little, as long as I can return the ordered item.

    Looking forward on trying on a Formosa, assuming I don't spend my budget for clothes on something else in the meantime or on New York's many attractions, as every time I've been there I ended up spending it on restaurants and nightlife instead of clothing. I'll be in NY for a month this time though, so I'll make sure to save some extra for a Formosa.
     
  15. gdl203

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    I hear you, NYC is fun but it's a money pit !
     
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    I like nyc for only a day or two. Then the skyscrapers and bad air quality start to suffocate me.
     
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    When I started splitting time between NY and DC I felt like this for the first couple of months....but now that I'm used to it I tend to miss it when I'm away (and I haven't been there for like three weeks). It is a money pit but it's tough to beat!
     
  18. gdl203

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    You just need to stay longer and your lungs will adapt (/mutate)
     
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    It's a little cheaper than London, but much more fun, which causes me to spend more money.
     
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  20. Rudals

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    I want to go to London then to Scotland.
     

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