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A Suit and Tailor in New York

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Assouli, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Assouli

    Assouli New Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I would like to finally make the big investment and buy 6 or so suits to keep and cherish for many years - a navy, a charcoal, a light grey, a navy pinstripe, a more exotic color like a brownish green, and a 3-piece English tweed.

    I'm a generally regular sized man - 5'11",180 pounds, typically a 40R, but with broader shoulders, narrower chest, shortish heftier legs. I have found that modern fitting (but not super modern or slim) suits fit me best. Basically, obviously, jackets narrower at the waist, somewhat narrow lapels, super clean plain front pants, essentially a suit that can make me look a bit taller and 7 pounds lighter.

    I would like to spend about $1000 per suit, and have decided to go for custom-made - something stylish, but not too funky as I'll mostly be wearing these suits to work at an international bank in midtown. I was actually going to take a trip to Hong Kong, but realizing how ludicrous that would be, started searching here and elsewhere for local NYC options. I was almost sold on Mr Ned, based on my price point and their reputation, but got dissuaded after seeing some pics of some boring looking suits, and after reading one too many reviews complaining that Mr Ned was not capable of producing the modern suit like that I've just described. Other tailors with similar prices strike me as just too old fashioned or traditional. So I'm now considering Alan David, who is barely mentioned on this forum, and while they receive good online reviews, there is no mention whether or not they are able to tailor something modern. Does anyone have any experience with them?

    And if anyone can offer any thoughts about what I'm thinking here, I would appreciate it.
  2. gambit50

    gambit50 Senior member

    Apr 25, 2012
    Hipster Doofusville
    Please read various posts in the forum so that all the already posted and repeated info is not done so ad infinitum(as has probably already happened).
    One point, what do you mean by 'custom'? Around these parts, people will more easily understand bespoke and MTM. If you are referring to bespoke, $1000 is not going to be near enough and you will have to pony up more of that banker loot to have your suits bespoken.
    Also, have you done any live research yourself, ie. tried on any RTW suits here and there and decided which you like or like somewhat?
    Get in the know a bit and then ask to have your research fine tuned.

    Asking 'Where should I have 6 custom(bespoke) suits made for $1k each?" will net you the response(and in this case, correctly),"Cannot be done."

    And from all the pics that I have seen, Mr. Ned is pretty crap. I will not comment on the price(not high but if it is rubbish, who cares) or the workmanship but the final result is poor because the suits are always oversized. I thought that was just for the athletes that he posts pictures of from back when they thought that was a proper suit but I have seen other pics with more average citizens and they are far too similar for me to believe he has a nicely cut, stylish and proper suit in his arsenal.
  3. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    May 31, 2009
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Higher price, but look at Michael Andrews Bespoke.
  4. JP Marcellino

    JP Marcellino Senior member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Huntington, NY. USA
    i second Michael Andrews in NY i hear nothing but good things. He has a great style and you might be able to hit that price point.
  5. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Feb 16, 2009
    New York
    I may be tempted to deal in terms of MTM if your doing 5
  6. Master Shake

    Master Shake Senior member

    Mar 18, 2006
    You should jump on David's proposal.
    1 person likes this.
  7. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

    Oct 25, 2006
    New York City

  8. Len

    Len Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2004
    Carnaby Custom
  9. zarathustra

    zarathustra Senior member

    Aug 30, 2006

    ORLY? To use your words, before you defame a product or service, having never had any experiance with it, perhaps you should "get in the know a bit."

    @ OP FWIW I think Mr. Ned is a good deal for the money. I have had numerous items made their over the years and am actually wearing one now. If you do not know exactly what you want and willing to express the same to your tailor, then I can see why someone would have an issue with him. They will always push you towards something more aligned with their typical cut. Their house style leans more traditional, but in my leaner days, he made several well fitting suits that always received many compliments. If you know what you want and can show them what it is you are looking for, I see no reason that Ned's could not fulfill this niche.

    My only caveat would be to have one suit made by anyone doing MTM, wear it for a month before going all in. You need time in a suit to figure out what the minor issues that bug you are.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  10. Hiras Fashion

    Hiras Fashion Senior member

    Nov 22, 2012
    Our master fitter is visiting New York from August 14th until the 24th. If you're interested for a fitting appointment, just email us at info@hiras.com. Thanks!

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