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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    Got this in the work email today, anyone heard of him? Not in the market but I might wander up to check it out.

    Prince Sachdev tailor based in Bangkok from Royal Asia Boutique (with access to some of Thailand’s best seamstresses) will be returning to the Melbourne office this week. Prince can arrange tailor made suits and shirts for you at a great price.

    Prince will visit Melbourne:

    Thursday 18 October & Friday 19 October
    8.30am - 6pm

    No need to book an appointment just pop up to see Prince on level 21

    Pricing will depend on the quality of the fabric – whether be it cheaper or expensive, are all and only of the highest standard and there would be no compromising on standards of quality or manufacture (see details below).

    Ladies & Men’s Package
    A
    2 Jacket (Cashmere Wool )
    2 Trousers (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
    2 Skirts (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
    6 Shirts (Silk or Cotton)
    All This will cost around AUD $999

    B
    2 Jacket (Cashmere Wool )
    2 Trousers (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
    2 Skirts (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
    All This for AUD $799

    C
    3 Jacket (Cashmere Wool )
    3 Trousers (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
    3 Skirts (Cashmere Wool) same as Suit or can be different
    8 Shirts (Silk or Cotton)
    All This will cost around AUD $1,299

    *2 Suit's Package must be from the same size but can be different style color or fabric.
    *All the prices include postage with insurance.

    Purchases will be charged to your credit card in Thai Baht. The pricing above is based on an exchange rate of 32 baht to 1 Australian dollar.

     


  2. Romp

    Romp Affiliate Vendor

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    how many skirts do you currently own?
     


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    Would have thought it was similar to a Barbour? My barbour is far from cool, I put it away in the warmer months.
     


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    First few hits on google say that he's the worst tailor in bangkok.

    I wonder how much an individual shirt would cost. That would be a reasonable test of quality, without a $1000 investment!
     


  5. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    Very, very happy with Luxire so I don't think I can even be bothered with that. I will probably just go up and check out the fabrics and have a chat.
     


  6. JimmyHoffa

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    Herringbone is the best entry level suit? Interesting that you say that. Isn't MJ Bale the better Herringbone, but at the same price?


    So any suit under $500 is on the cheap end, probably won't last a long time, but it will good enough for the work place where I can think about my own style and buy up from there?

    $500 is Calibre, Saba etc.? Suits from department stores and Westfields?
     


  7. lachyzee

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    yes but that's the thing doesn't Gerry want it for warmer use?

    I know the EP mac has a removable liner, but I have read that with the fabric Mack uses they can be like a sauna inside and are pretty much only good for when it is wet AND cold.

    Stepping back a little, why do you want to wear a hooded coat to wear with a suit?

    I have always thought that hood + suit looks a bit wrong myself... That's what umbrellas are for. Unless you live somewhere that it snows.
     


  8. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    Missed your other posts but if you live in Melb I would definitely go to Azzaro for your first suit. For your second, save up for MJBale/Herringbone or step it up to PJohnson, or an online option like Kent Wang MTM, Suit Supply etc.
     


  9. JimmyHoffa

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    Azzaro looks pretty good, except I live in Sydney.

    I will definitely check out Bale and Bone, they seem quite reasonable on price.

    Any other decent suggestions for the tier below Bale and Bone?
     


  10. lachyzee

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    Check out (or at least call up) the Herringbone outlet to see what they have in your size. Might get lucky - I imagine they will dump winter stock in there soon.
     


  11. JimmyHoffa

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    I am a 36" Chest, 30" Waist. Seems like all those suits have been sold out.

    Bone appears significantly more expensive than Bale.

    What % off RRP would you consider a bargain? Bale is doing 2 suits for $1,000 - but all the 36"-30" are sold out :( (online, but not stores). There is also a Lane Way sale kicking up very shortly.
     
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  12. DartagnanRed

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    I wouldn't say that price is an indication of how long a suit will last. For passable suits on the cheap I'd check out TM Lewin, Studio Italia, Country Road.

    If you really appreciate the difference and want them, step it up to Herringbone/MJ Bale/Rhodes and Beckett/Polo Ralph Lauren. Unless there is a sale on, the only truly affordable option is MJ Bale's two for $1000 deal which you can share with someone else if you only want one suit. It's not quite as simple as "Herringbone make nice suits go there". Depends entirely on your body shape, in particular your shoulders. Defined shoulder pads look awful on me as I have large shoulders but might be perfect for you.

    Another option is Suitsupply.com, but this is risky and will require much reading due to their different cuts. Again, IMO it's best to get something cheap in Australia for a first suit and look at this later.

    It's entirely up to you given your budget/style/time. The only two rules that I have are:
    1) Appreciate that 99% of people don't give a shit about the types of suits that Style forum goes on about in an office environment. I got more compliments when I wore skinny ties and lapels than I do now I own some nice stuff. If you're looking for a nicer suit because you think it's expected in an office environment, don't. Case in point: The most senior people at my firm think Aquila is the pinnacle of men's footwear in Australia. You have already passed them sartorially if you have bought 1880s.

    2) Don't go made to measure for your first suit unless you have a very strange body shape. It's not worth the money given the risk if you do it online. As for P Johnson, even if you have the money save it and go there in a while when you can appreciate the difference. I have been lurking on styleforum for two years and had a passion for men's clothing for longer and I don't think I'll be ready for a P Johnson suit for a little while yet (although I'm only 20).

    Good luck!
     


  13. Gerry Nelson

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    I'd love to get a nice Fox umbrella but am worried about leaving it on the train and carrying it around. I might just bite the bullet and get one.
     


  14. lachyzee

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    If you decide to go with the umbrella option, check out Kent Wang or HY's offerings (they are identical - same factory in Italy AFAIK).

    Significantly cheaper than a Fox umbrella and, from what I have read, the quality is up there.

    Shipping from KW is pretty cheap too.
     


  15. JimmyHoffa

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    What an excellent post. Very easy to read.

    Thanks for your advice.

    I went online MTM for my first 2 suits - 2 fully canvassed suits with extra trousers and 5 shirts for $1,000. One grey one charcoal. I was thinking at the time that decent Australian retailing suits were out of my financial budget.

    I think it was a mistake. You nailed it on the head - it isn't as simply as getting measured and giving them 21 measurements and getting a perfect fitting suit in the mail 21 days latter.

    I still have $1,000 to spend. I had planned on getting a H&S Navy blue MTM with extra trousers, except now I am thinking about getting 2 MJ Bale suits (Lane Way sale this thursday).

    My budget was to be $3,000 for my first job. $2,000 on 3 suits, $600 on shoes, $400 on 5 shirts and anything left over on ties, socks, underwear, belts and a leather bag.

    Michael

    P.S Loved your Aquila comment - I own a pair of their driving Mocs. Feels nice for the first 20 wears and cheap after that.
     
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