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Getting my DJ custom made.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HopefulNihilist, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. HopefulNihilist

    HopefulNihilist Active Member

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    Hello, you bunch of sartorially-minded freaks, you,

    I'm gettin' pretty sick of trying to find this white DJ, but I can't thrown in the towel. It's too darn puuuurty. So, I decided to just have it made for me. I'm a custom-made virgin, as it were, and I have no idea where to have one made.

    I'm definitely not going Indochino, and I didn't like the general cuts on Astor and Black's website. Those are the only two I'm aware of. Who else can I have make me this sort of jacket? Also, what sort of budget should I expect to avoid sticker-shock? I was hoping to keep this around 1.5 - 2k.

    Essentially, all I want is a reputable tailor who does good work. All I'm asking for. Preferably one near DC, but anywhere on the East coast would be fine.

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
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  2. HopefulNihilist

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    You've probably heard already of Field, a bespoke tailor often mentioned in connection with DC. He charges around $3k or upwards for a suit, so it's possible that a dinner jacket would fall not too far from your budget.
     
  4. HopefulNihilist

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    Thanks! I'll check it out.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd guess Mr. Field will charge around $2500. That's the price he quoted a friend of mine for a smoking jacket. But he is the best in the area.
     
  6. HopefulNihilist

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    Okay. Well, I can augment the budget - just trying NOT to (gotta love replacing a clutch).
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Depending on how long you're willing to wait, you could make an appointment with WW Chan - they are coming through again in March.
     
  8. HopefulNihilist

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    I looked that up, actually. How do their tours work, exactly? Surely they won't be in town long enough for me to really have a "bespoke" experience, or whatever that is.
     
  9. Master Shake

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    I question the wisdom of getting a novelty dinner jacket as your first custom made piece of clothing, especially at the prices mentioned in this thread. There are plenty of made to measure shops that can create this for you (if you don't get this bug out of your system) at a lower price. Since it's not my money, I don't terribly care that much, but I think you should spend the big bucks on stuff that you will wear often so you get the best use of your money.
     
  10. HopefulNihilist

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    I'm really just looking for a reputable place to make this for me. I worded it badly, I suppose. I just want this jacket. I really don't care through which medium I obtain it, as long as it's quality.
     
  11. HopefulNihilist

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    Master Shake, if you wanted this jacket made for you, where would you go?
     
  12. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you are willing to go to New York, a variety of options are available to you. Mr. Ned may be able to do this.
     
  13. GBR

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    It is a dreadful example of costume - not normal clothes. Find somewhere cheap, you would hardly wear it in public.
     
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    I don't want to rain on your parade, but there is a chance that Field won't make a jacket like this.

    I'd say just go splurge for a Tom Ford jacket if it fits you well enough. It might be around the same price (2.5k)... not sure. He makes shawl lapel dinner jackets in interesting fabrics. From F/W 2011 he has some in velvet which look pretty damn awesome IMO. The model is the Wetherby Cocktail Jacket.

    Edit: oops, I think they retail for slightly over 3500.
     
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  15. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Anybody can you make you a white jacket with black facings. But they shouldn't.
     
  16. HopefulNihilist

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    Yes, yes - I get it. Not the generally cup of tea for this place. But I dig it, and that's enough for me.

    Thanks, everyone. I'll probably just suck it up and get a regular DJ.
     
  17. mafoofan

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    Well, the point is also that it doesn't take a special tailor to make something like that for you. If you really must have it, you can get it from anyone.
     
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    I didn't say can't I said won't. Do you really think any tailor would make a jacket like this? Heck, can you imagine Rubinacci allowing someone to commission this jacket from them? I can't.
     
  19. mafoofan

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    If pressed hard enough, I bet most tailors would.
     
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    I'm not going to join the others who say you shouldn't get something like this at all, or that a tailor will refuse to make it (doubtful). I just don't think you should go to Field's and spend a ton of money on it given its novelty and the fact that you probably won't wear it all that much. Have you seen this thread? It mentions a bunch of tailors in the DC area and is about getting a tuxedo made by one of them. Mr. Ned's is probably a good idea if you want this to be fully-canvassed and can get to NYC. I've never used them or seen their products, so I can't vouch for their build or silhouettes or shoulders, etc., but an outfit like Suit Supply and My Suit might work out for you as well, although the quality will probably not be as good as Mr. Ned's.
     

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