Brooks Brothers - Made to Measure Vs Off the Rack

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  1. mechanical13

    mechanical13 Member

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    Guys,

    I'm planning to buy a BB suit later this week (taking advantage of BB's 30% off for corporate customers this Wednesday).

    Going to B-school soon, and buying these suits specially for recruiting events with big-3 type consulting firms.

    Need some guidance on whether it makes a big difference if I go with their off-the-rack suits or if I should go for MTM. Are the MTM suits significantly better than the OTR ones? Are they worth the extra $$? (does anyone know if you get the 30% off MTM as well during the sale on Wednesday?)

    In the past, I've bought a few suits OTR from Mens Wearhouse. I'm 6", 150 lbs, and have a couple of 39L suits that seem to fit well.

    Thanks!


    JR
     


  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Not a bad for a half canvas suit with that discount. But you could do get a full canvas suit for near the same on the B&S.

    Don't have experience with the MTM stuff, but I imagine it's decent. I think you can specify that you want double vents. The single vents on the 1818 OTR suits has been a deal breaker for me.
     
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  3. mechanical13

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    Thanks jrd, I appreciate it.

    Regarding single vents and double vents -- which is the more traditional from a US workplace perspective? I have suits of both types, and haven't really given it much thought until now. I do feel the double vents are more convenient.

    I gather that BB is considered more traditional/conservative, and they're a "can't go wrong" brand for careers in consulting/finance.

    Is the single-vent the way to go ? It would be great if someone in consulting/banking could chime in.

    JR
     


  4. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Double vents are strongly preferred on this board. They look cleaner. Single vents can hang open
     


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    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Sales and discounts do not apply to MTM or MTO, only RTW. I don't think I've ever heard anything positive about Brooks Brothers MTM, especially at that price level.
     


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    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wouldn't do BB MTM. You can do better for the amount they charge.
     


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    That, and you can put your hands in your pockets without having your jacket ride up.
     


  8. mechanical13

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    Does BB have double vented jackets in their OTR collection? Are double vented jackets common among big three type consultants ..?

    I have a few double vented jackets and feel they fit great. Since I'm investing in a jacket primarily for B-school, want to make sure it fits the need and that double vented are no taboo wear while interviewing.
     


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    Have never bought BB before, so I am going by what I've heard is acceptable in B-school circles.

    Which other brand would you recommend? Want to buy something that I can use for a couple of years and not have to worry about.
     


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    Yes. I believe many of the suits in the 346 line have double vents.
     


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    Aren't the 346 line supposed to be cheaper and of lower quality (non canvassed)? I've never seen a 346 suit...just going by what I've read online.
     


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    Aren't the 346 line supposed to be cheaper and of lower quality (non canvassed)? I've never seen a 346 suit...just going by what I've read online.
     


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    346 is indeed cheaper. That is their discount line sold at outlet malls and the like. I would only advise a 346 suit if you had absolutely no other option in that price range.

    Single vs. double vent is largely a matter of taste and both are considered appropriate for a work environment. Single vents are typically seen as more American and less fussy. Double vents usually convey more of a European feel and are considered to be more elegant.

    Brooks Brothers does indeed offer double vents OTR, as many of their Regent and Milano models come double vented. Tread carefully with the Milano line, however, as the jackets are shorter and the styles are (often ill-advised) attempts at capturing a fashion trend. These are not the things you want to hear regarding a typical "business suit"
     


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    Thanks Guys! I now have a better idea of what I should be considering when I walk into the BB store later this week.
     
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    He just answered that.
     


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