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Commissioned a Hickey Freeman MTM Blazer


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Sep 15, 2008
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After much deliberation and posts on this forum, I today commissioned a MTM Blazer at the Hickey Freeman store in Chicago.

For my fabric, I chose Loro Piana's Tasmanian line"”a super 130s. Looking at a swatch, I honestly wasn't very excited about the fabric. My sales guy (the store manager, Paul Kelly, who is an awesome guy by the way), however, showed me a MTM tux for another customer that used fabric from the Tasmanian line. Seeing the fabric on a completed jacket made all the difference. Granted, it is not a high end fabric, but I think it is a good combination of price and quality. The price was $1,450 for the blazer with that fabric (not including upcharges).

Hickey Freeman, unfortunately, adds upcharges for both functioning buttonholes and for silk bemberg linings. Of course, I chose to go with both. The lining is a nice burgundy with grayish stars on it. They had a very limited selection of blazer buttons. Fortunately, they had one type of button that was great"”gold in color with a skeleton key lying across a sword.

Paul spent roughly an hour with me on measurements and fit. While their MTM order sheet was fairly standard, he did take down a number of additional notes regarding fit. Paul explained that he calls their suit factory directly and is able to explain to the guy at their suit factory the particulars/oddities about my body and how to accommodate them. I liked this fact - that Paul talks directly to the man responsible for my suit.

Also, perhaps unaware to this board, Hickey Freeman has their own suit factory in Rochester, New York. All their MTM is handled out of that factory.

And, just so you all know, Hickey Freeman's MTM trunk show starts on Feb. 1. It is 20% off their MTM. Paul isn't putting my order in until Feb. 1st, so that I can take advantage of the 20% off.

All in all, I had a wonderful experience at Hickey Freeman. The Chicago store's staff is very nice and friendly. And, they are not pushy at all, unlike some places.

I'll let you all know how the blazer turns out.

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