$500 suits: Jos A Bank vs Mens Wearhouse vs Indochino

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  1. kushburner

    kushburner Senior member

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    What are the main differences in fit and value between these three? My build is 5'9" 145lbs. Id like to add Brooks in there but they are a little over my budget.

    Im looking for a timeless charcoal suit (for my build) that I can get for $500.
     
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  2. biged781

    biged781 Senior member

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    for $500 neither Men's Warehouse nor Jos A Bank are worth your time. Suit supply is a good alternative to Indochino if you like. You can also find good deals be on clearance, a nice find at an outlet, or in the B&S forum here or somewhere else. At least SS and Indo are MTM, so there is some flexibility, and from what I hav heard (no first hand experience) the quality is good for the price.
     
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    +1 on suitsupply.

    I don't know about Indochino, but jos and men's warehouse are not worth the money.
     
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    biged781 Senior member

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    Also, re: Indochino, most suits there are pretty fashion forward (slim lapes, very slim fit, etc). That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but not what I would call "timeless" as you say you want.
     
  5. kushburner

    kushburner Senior member

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    Yea I dont want an extremely slim fit, but I do want a moderately slim fit since that's what fits best on my build. Unfortunately, there isnt a Suit Supply in San Diego and people here have advised against buying suits online. What does MTM mean?

    Im not sure what other places I can look at in my area. Do Brooks Brothers 1818 suits ever go on sale for $600?
     
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    reidrothchild Senior member

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    Brooks Brothers goes on sale quite frequently on their own site and occasionally on sites like Gilt, MyHabit, and Rue La La.
     
  7. TiberiasUSA

    TiberiasUSA Senior member

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    MTM = Made to measure

    5'9: 145 lbs you are going to be on the thin side for sure. Jos a Banks and Men's wearhouse is more of an American cut and will fit baggy
     
  8. kushburner

    kushburner Senior member

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    What retailers do you recommend?
     
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    Kent Wang has a charcoal suit for $750 that is very well-made and probably the best deal on the market.
     
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    Indochino is a mtm company, so you can't compare it to JAB and TMW. You give them your measurements, and they'll make a suit based on them. It can be hit or miss; if you send the right measurements, then you could end up with a very nice suit. If you send bad measurements, you could end up with an unwearable suit.

    I don't think that any of those companies are particularly high on quality. I wouldn't pay $500 for a suit from any of them, but I'd take Indochino from that group. If you add in Brook's Brothers at a DEEP discount, I'd consider that too. At the usual sale prices, I wouldn't pull the trigger.
     
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    I don't know anything about Kent Wang, but $750 for a rtw doesn't seem like a "deal" by any stretch of the imagination. Is it mtm?
     
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    You wouldn't snatch up a nice RLPL OTR for $750? How about a Brioni or Kiton?
     
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    Honestly, I wouldn't. I don't think that OTR is worth it. For the same (or slightly more) money, I could get a much better suit. IMO, once the price gets past a certain point, it's got to be mtm or better.

    ...one man's opinion.
     
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    You can do made-to-measure at Kent Wang for the same price. But given that the original poster asked about Jos. A Banks and Men's Wearhouse, I suspect that the prospect of made-to-measure might be a bit daunting at this point.
     

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