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Moda Republic - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alex-ModaR, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to share a few updates with you guys! We've further added to our shirting fabric line and are happy to introduce the excellent shirting fabrics from Leguinno. We are also looking to have Tessitura Monti fabrics in our store in the coming months when their new fabrics come in.

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    In addition, after much demand from some of the people in StyleForum, we've added Harrisons of Edinburgh to our premium high end suiting fabrics, in addition to Loro Piana, Fintes Drago and Zegna which we have carried for years already. Harrison is quite particular about who carries their brand and so it's a great vote of confidence from them and their belief in our product for them to let us carry their fabrics in our store.

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    Tweed lovers, contact us for some Porter & Harding tweed jackets, and our virtual stylists will get started helping you find something you like! Really excited to hear from some of you!

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  2. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Well-Known Member

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    Chris, Alex,

    How much do you charge for wool trousers?
     
  3. Cleav

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  4. facet

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    So I got my suit a couple weeks ago Friday and, as promised, have posted pics below as well as my thoughts on the suit and the process itself.

    I’ve stayed away from MTM in the last while due to my previous experiences with Indochino and a couple other tailors/companies. Generally speaking, you’re usually beholden to the house style of cut for the suit (boxy, trendy etc) while, with the online companies, it can be pretty hit and miss with the results you end up with without an intermediate fitting. Kent Wang seems to be the only one that has it figured out with his trial suit process and keen eye for fit evaluation; however, it seems the extra costs of shipping is partially born out in the final price.

    Still, I really had no intention of purchasing from Moda Republic when I came up their thread; as already mentioned, their website photos do indicate a more trendy aesthetic while the fit of their suits strikes me as an interesting mix of more fitted in the appendages yet fuller in the body.

    However, they do seem to be somewhat different, presenting a process that falls halfway between KW’s trial suit method and the “measure and pray” of the rest of the online MTM companies out there. Yes, you take measurements of yourself, like the others (although they seem to have a couple extra measurement they ask of you); but, additionally, you have other avenues of information input as well. As Betegeuse has already mentioned, you have the option of measuring your best fitting articles of clothing and sending them in (which I have found can make a significant difference in outcome), or you can simply order a standard size, with the option of tweaking measurements here and there.

    I took advantage of the second option, sending in measurements of my best fitting pants and vest, and actually even took the step of sending in one of my sport coats as well. (this one that I got from ehaberdasher). They also had me take pictures of myself in said garments so that they could take a look at how they fit as well as see my posture.

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    Some of my own thoughts and observations:

    Things I liked:
    - The construction of the suit, to my own untrained eye, looks to be quite good. You could see the stitching on the back of the lapel where they did the canvassing, and it looks to be well done and, I can’t really explain it but, it just felt sturdy when I was holding and putting the garment on.

    - By and large, the fit seems to be not bad and is pretty decent for a first effort. I’d prefer the pants about .5” longer, the sleeves about .25 - .5” shorter (I had asked them to be .25” shorter compared to my sportcoat but they still seem to be longer than I prefer), and a little more fitted in the body, especially in the chest (although you don’t notice it much in the photos, it’s fairly roomie and makes the waist suppression look a little awkward). Additionally, I prefer my quarters a little more open.

    Things on which I think could have been improved:
    - As you can clearly see, the shoulders have a significant amount of dimpling. This isn't an uncommon problem that I deal with that seems to be best rectified by unpadded shoulders and part of my motivation for sending in my sportcoat in the first place: I wanted to see if they had the ability to manufacture outside of their standard cut or whether it would be more a matter of fitting my measurements to it. It seems I got the latter. While it may be theoretically possible to correct it, I have yet to find a tailor that can do it well such that I’ve had to resign myself to the reality that a coat that doesn’t fit well in the shoulders right off the bat is highly unlikely to ever be fixed so that it does.

    - The colour: when choosing the fabric, they sent me three photos of fabrics that they thought were close to what I had described which was a lighter navy. It may not really show it in the photos, but the fabric I got has a purple tinge to it; so that it looks more blue-indigo to my eye. As such, the first thing I thought of when I opened the box was that it looked kind of purple (my fiancee’s comment echoed that sentiment when I first showed her as well) and I can’t help but feel like I’m wearing a purple suit when I put it on.

    So, all in all, this suit is a miss for me. I can’t really complain since it’s basically a free suit and I’m only out the costs of shipping my suit although, to be honest, I wouldn’t be too happy if I actually had to pay for the suit itself. Also, to be fair, they did offer to remake the suit, in another fabric; however, I would have to send in the suit and sportcoat again for them to see what went wrong. And, seeing as how it cost me almost $90 to ship my sportcoat off the first time, I just can’t justify spending about $180 on, what was originally to be, a free suit. So, in the end, I’ve moved on to my original plan and have purchased a suit from SuitSupply, which I have now received and am pretty happy with.

    That being said, I think the mechanics are in place for a good, online MTM company and they do have the potential to really make their mark. They do have some pretty stiff competition in the suit/sportcoat department though; so if they do really want to make some hay, especially with SF members, I think that there are some areas that they will still need to learn and improve, which, from what I’m seeing, it, appears like they are at least making an effort towards .
     
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  5. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Cliff,

    Alex and I would like to thank you for your honest review, and we will take your valuable advice and bear that in mind as we continue to evolve how we do our online business.

    I'm sorry there were fine details such as the quarters that you didnt like. Perhaps there was some misunderstanding when you asked me to copy your sportcoat, which I interpreted as copy the measurements as opposed to the style. A more opened quarters is something that clients can request with us if that is something they prefer. As for the color and fit, I openly admit that the shoulders were a bit wide on this suit and we would be more than happy as I mentioned earlier to redo the suit in a fabric that is more suitable to your liking as well as cover the costs of shipping that you would incur to send the items back to us, so in essence your only cost for this would be the initial $90 you spent. I know you've already bought your suit from Suit Supply but we do believe in delivering something excellent and feel as the main winner of our competition we still owe you that much.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to write such a lengthy review and to highlight the good and bad points.

    -Chris
     
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    The problem isn't the shoulder, it's armhole. It looks too narrow. See this post: http://www.styleforum.net/t/151698/divot-terror#post_2686570
     
  7. facet

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    That's correct. And I didn't mean to imply that it was the padding of the shoulder that was the problem; it's just seems to be that unpadded shoulders, by and large, tend to fit me best, possibly because the sleeveheads on those types of shoulders are already cut shorter/wider in the first place. At any rate, I've been surprised by how few tailors know how or are willing to do this alteration and, of the ones that have been willing to do it, I've found that those past attempts in doing this alteration have left me a lot to be desired.



    Hi Chris

    Thanks for your kind offer and I will send you a separate email to discuss further. I did neglect to mention that you guys have been great to work with and and very accommodating with my different requests. You do seem to be really making an extra effort in creating a customer centred experience which is great and worth a recommendation in my opinion.
     
  8. Betelgeuse

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    This. Chris and Alex provide a nice service. In my case we exchanged a lot of emails before starting and they always responded very fast.
     
  9. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hope you guys all had a great New Years celebration! Just want to wish you all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014 from our team at Moda. Just to update you guys, 2 of the 3 shirts are being worked on right now and we hope to have them sent out soon to the contest winners! :)
     
  10. Alex-ModaR

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    Happy 2014 everyone! The good news for this year is that we're adding a few more suiting fabrics and shirting fabrics, will let you know once we do! The bad news however is that our website add-on to offer orders via fabric selection has hit a roadbump, we're hoping to have it out ASAP but it is looking like another month or possibly more unfortunately. In the mean time some of you have messaged us about our find a fabric service and we're happy to help scan or take pics of fabrics that may be of interest to you. Feel free to email us at alex@modarepublic.com or chris@modarepublic.com. Thanks and best wishes for 2014!
     
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  11. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    As part of the recommendations you guys offered us, and just to give you all a glimpse of some fabrics that are already available to be ordered, here are a few pictures of fabrics!

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  12. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Well-Known Member

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    Just want to throw a few more fabrics up there for people to see!

    A few pencil stripe fabrics that are all 2-ply cotton!

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  14. Betelgeuse

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    How is the uploading of fabrics to the site going? [​IMG]
     
  15. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    We've hit a snag unfortunately but hope to have things up and running with a refreshed and revamped site in the next month or so. Stay tuned!
     
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    Looks good Kayh, informative review too. Pleased for you and Moda
     
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  19. Chris-ModaR

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    Hi Kayhill,

    Thanks for putting a review up and we're all extremely happy you liked both the quality and the fit of the shirt. It was a pleasure working with you on this too and thanks for always getting back to us so quickly.
     
  20. Alex-ModaR

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    Thanks kayhill for your in depth review. Look forward to working with you in the future as well.
     

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