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Opinions on trunk sales?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by boston, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. boston

    boston Well-Known Member

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    I was just invited to the Ralph Lauren trunk sale. They say that orders placed there for MTM will have the tailoring charge waived. I have no idea how much of a savings this is, or whether it's worth it. In fact, I'm not even sure what a trunk sale is. (Just came back from looking at the discount racks in Neiman. Nothing good there, so I checked out the new stuff for Isaia and Brioni. Jackets are like butter and air -- how do they do it? [​IMG] ) -boston
     
  2. NoVaguy

    NoVaguy Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't MTM inherently include tailoring? I mean, it's being made to measure. If so, they're giving away something that wasn't there anyway.
     
  3. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    There's usually a 10 or 15% upcharge on MTM over RTW prices, and this surcharge is typically waived during semi-annual "trunk shows", which usually are just glorified MTM sales. If you're going to buy a MTM suit, this is the time to do it.
     
  4. gregory

    gregory Well-Known Member

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    Basic question: So does store MTM programs basically just use the existing items they are selling and then just adjust it (like you would if you bought it and then took it to a tailor yourself?)
     
  5. Brian SD

    Brian SD Well-Known Member

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    other trunk shows I've been to for smaller designers just sold their gear really cheap at the trunk shows.
     
  6. boston

    boston Well-Known Member

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    I beleive MTM takes your measurements and then cuts the suit to your size. It's not bespoke because it's made to a pattern, not to your body.

    I don't think MTM is bad, it's just not bespoke.
     
  7. discostu004

    discostu004 Well-Known Member

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    i think the deal is if a suit is 1,000 off the rack it might be 1150 or 1200 MTM, but they'll do it for off the rack price, to induce people to come, at least that's how i understand it, so you actually DO save over an MTM but not over a straight off the rack
     
  8. Horace

    Horace Well-Known Member

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    Someone will be able to correct or clarify what I write here, but I believe that, if you take the Southwick MTM, for example, they'll:

    add or subtract details to suit
    cut from an existing pattern (but modify (the pattern)? where necessary).
    I think the trick is getting a good tailor to begin with, who can measure you. You don't want an ignoramus doing the measurements, so that when the MTM arrives, and minimum modifications are made in the shop and button holes in sleeves cut, that the suit doesn't fit right.
     

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