Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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  2. Darkside

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    1k+ is out of my range so Andrew's full-canvassed MTM starting at 700 are a great deal, and still pretty much more than I should be spending. BTW Mr. Six, awesome avatar. RTJ2 is an amazing album. Definitely don't expect to see that around CM, let alone SF haha.
     


  3. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I'm going to second @Claghorn 's Kent Wang recommendation for online MTM. Below is a full canvas MTM from Kent that was about $750 18 months ago. The quality is on the same level as my Corneliani jackets.


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  4. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Nice.

    So this was transacted entirely online? No fitting?

    Did you first buy one of Wang's 'trial suits'? (For the benefit of those who don't know Wang's website, it encourages those interested in MTM to first buy a RTW trial suit from them.)

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  5. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Yes, it was based entirely on a trial suit, determining the modifications I wanted and e-mailing back and forth with Kent. My only caveat is that I think online MTM via this method needs to be pretty close from the get go. If my trial suit needed major modifications, I'm not sure how it would have turned out.
     


  6. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Many thanks.

    So you receive the trial suit, determine the alterations you want, and you then send it back to Wang who then makes the changes you've asked for? Have I got it right?

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  7. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    It would have turned out like mine....a closet ornament. I knew better, but went ahead anyway and the result wasn't good. Other KW customers have had very good results though, so I am knocking his business. Just echoing what NS said...if it's close, expect good results. If not, don't go for it.
     


  8. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Yes, but you also take pictures and e-mail them to Kent to get his input. I think Kent has a great eye for these things.
     


  9. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I only dealt with Aaron. Requesting Kent is probably a good idea.
     


  10. mrjester

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    +1 for Kent Wang. I only have sportcoats from him because I don't want to do the pants yet - I don't have faith in what Kent and I came to for the fixes and he can't adjust much in terms of the fork.

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    My second purchase from him after minimal alterations. The tailor took it in a little too much.I've asked Kent to drop the button 1cm (max) and lengthen it 1cm. I should have gone with 2cm. Also in there is sleeve rotation and shorter sleeves (picture is after alterations on sleeves)

    Kent is short and to the point, but gets it done. My third SC from Kent is on it's way.

    Just a warning. Unless things changed, Kent doesn't put any labels in his SC at all. Tiboris (sp?) uses the exact same company to make MTM and it comes with fabric labels and a label for the company. I was told this is a minimalist approach, to not have a label in your jacket. But there's labels inside the shoes and on the back of the ties, so that's a crock. I think Kent had also said he will probably start some time down the road doing that. It really gives you a resale value of zero, not having a label. Source: my signature.

    Note 2: My trial suit was MILES from where I needed it to be. The MTM ended up being really short, but wearable for casual GQ style stuff.. So I don't really wear it any more. But Kent did a good job guestimating down to the cm on everything.

    In other news... Just ordered this baby (Vanda):
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    Thanks for the input on KW.

    Seems like going the MTM route is good for me since I'm having trouble finding pants that fit with my jacket size.

    While I was in the US last week in addition to my OTR search I got measured for MTM at SuitSupply but I don't have a lot of confidence in what the Sales Associate did and recommended especially after posting my OTR SuitSupply fits.

    Seems like KW will keep me out of trouble and keep me in a SF approved fit? Now to figure out which Navy to start off with. Any specific inputs on that?
     


  12. mrjester

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    Ask Kent on that one as well. He will give you an A-grade fit (not meaning the best, meaning the cheapest). The blazer I'm wearing is an A-grade navy nailhead. It's great fabric, just not a fancy namebrand.
     


  13. Academic2

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    Thanks for the information on Kent Wang, guys.

    Sadly, I've confirmed with them that the only 'trial suit' they offer is charcoal. I already have a worsted charcoal suit which is in good shape, so I couldn't justify buying another.

    Oh well.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  14. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Well....don't keep it! Try it on, send it back, pick a fabric, and have it made with some minor tweaks.
     


  15. mrjester

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    Why would they have another trial suit? It's a trial. You send it back.
     


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