Burberry Slim Fit Suit . . .

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  1. kdv10

    kdv10 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't found much info on this so thought I'd post a new thread.

    I know SF doesn't give much love for Burberry stuff, but I am looking for a slim fitting suit. I normally look for size US 34s, which is very hard to find.

    I've tried on their US 34 size suit and the shoulders fit perfect. However, the body is too tight. Unfortunately, they don't leave extra material in the suit for taking the body out. So I end up having to get a Size 36 and alter it from there.

    I stumbled upon the Navy suit below and I feel there is SOME value in it. Price is about $1200 that includes ALL necessary alterations.

    For me that would be 1) shortening the sleeves from the armholes, 2) shortening the jacket length by another inch, 3) provide waist suppression, 4) raising the left shoulders since it is lower than my right. 5) Since the sleeves are off, narrow the shoulders to match the shoulders of a Size 34 jacket. The trousers would need just a basic hem and tighten a inch.

    It is a lot of work and I've done this job before with them on a Tuxedo and it came out looking very good.

    I stopped by the the SF Store and they told me all of the above alterations is provided by their in house tailor and is built into the price. The suit is 100% wool, Super 100 material, made in Italy and 3/4 canvased.

    Considering what needs to be altered, what is everyone's opinion on this suit below? It seems to be a good value proposition, no?

    http://us.burberry.com/store/menswe...-fit/prod-38408621-slim-fit-virgin-wool-suit/
     
  2. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    I think your choice is excellent, especially since they have a walk-in store location. Most of the less expensive alternatives are in the $500 to $900 range with no local store front for you.

    Regardless of what others may say, placing your hands on the material and enjoying the feel and craftsmanship should be the selling point for you. And when you wear it, others may very well compliment you for your choice.

    All my best,

    David
     
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    jaywhyy Senior member

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    I'm basically a perfect 36R for Burberry's Milbury line, but I would never pay $1200 (more like $1350 after SF's taxes) for it, let alone $1200 for that many alterations. That's a lot of shoulder work you're asking for as well, which is typically the most complex area to tailor.

    I would suggest doing some research/measurements for made-to-measure. Suitsupply also carries 32 and 34 for less than half the price and the same quality. Free returns so just order a couple sizes and see which ones fit.
     
  4. Riva

    Riva Senior member

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    That's quite a lot of work. The most I'd pay for a Burberry is $650 but I know it's super hard to find a 36 at that price and color so I only got 1. After a few alterations it fits me perfect but I wouldn't get another Burberry.

    Above $1k you should look into MTM or bespoke if possible. If not get something of the higher end level like Isaia or Corneliani and work from there.
     
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    Quadcammer Senior member

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    kent wang mtm all day over burberry at way less than that price
     
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    Riva Senior member

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    Yea but it doesn't have the Burberry label. Though he can always wear an Isaia pin. LOL
     
  7. kdv10

    kdv10 Well-Known Member

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    Appreciate everyone's response. I'm looking over Kent Wang's offerings and going over his affiliate thread now. I've always known about Suit Supply, but never quite bit the bullet on that yet.

    The good thing about my local Burberry shop is they have an in-house master tailor that's been doing alterations for a long time. I was skeptical at first to do the above 1-5 alterations on my tuxedo I bought from them a few months back. But to my surprise, it turned out incredibly well. The tailor did it in 2 fittings to make it right. Plus, I was assured if I was not happy with the job, they will order another suit and re-do it or refund my money. This was not the case years ago, as they would not shorten a jacket or alter the shoulders (as per corporate rules). Now they are willing to do any alterations that the customer requests as part of the cost of the suit. Normally, this alteration cost runs about $350 here in San Francisco. So I figure my cost for this suit runs about $850 for a Super 100 wool, 3/4 canvas, made in italy and is a slim fit cut that works for my body type.

    I'm most definitely going to keep Ken Wang's MTM suiting in mind as it offers great value/construction for the money. However, since I'm on the shorter and skinner side of things, perhaps his house cut may not be as flattering on me as those I've seen in his thread.
     
  8. David Copeland

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    The primary reason for going with the first selection you mentioned is - the availability of a LOCAL tailor and the amount of time saved.

    But if you wish to consider an alternative to Kent Wang in Texas, then the following source was recommended in major newspapers:

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    Cronus Midnight Blue Pinstripe (Made to Order)
    $409.00

    Web Site Link

    From the site:

    "One of our Elegance collections, the Cronus Midnight Blue Pinstripe is a bold suit in dark blue with medium purple pinstripes. Named for Cronus, one of the Greek Titans and the father of Zeus.

    "This suit works well with traditional options such as notch lapels, straight pockets, two vents and pick stitching. However, like all 7RL suits you may customize your suit at no additional cost.

    "We are pleased to offer this suit with Surgeon’s Cuffs (working sleeve buttons) to give an additional touch of elegance. In addition, you can add a vest to create a stylish three-piece suit.

    "The Cronus is made of excellent quality Super 100 Australian Merino wool.

    "Note that depending on your monitor and the lighting conditions the color may appear differently in different situations. We offer a swatch kit free of charge should you wish to see the fabrics in person.
     
  9. New Shoes1

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    This. You will end up with the same or better quality fabric in a garment made to fit you for $750 plus shipping. Do your research in the KW threat and you will see he has many satisfied customers for a reason.

    Another option is Proper Suit. I have a KW MTM suit that I am happy with, but am considering looking into this store for my next suit. It has the added benefit that you can go in to get personally measured and see the fabric books. Price will be under $1,000.

    By the way, I would never buy a suit that needs the extensive list of alterations you claim. If you do not go MTM, invest the time to find a make that fits you well off the rack without the need for such extensive surgery.
     
  10. Riva

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    +1. It doesn't matter whether it's made in Italy or not if you go bespoke or MTM and uses better grade fabric nobody will know except that you look awesome. It's not like we're carrying LV bags with logo all over the exterior. That is assuming that you're willing to forgo the branded label as well.
     
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    I love Burberry London Modern Fit Suits! Very in shape! I had a Milbury modern fit brand new on sale at Saks paid around $380 - yey
     

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