How old is the fabric on your new suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MyOtherLife, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You guys complicate things sometimes. I just want to know the sheep's name.

    romantic intentions?
     


  2. intent

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    romantic intentions?
    Baaaaad idea.
     


  3. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Let's get this out of the way right now.
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    Seriously, so when going to have a suit made, is it acceptable to question the tailor on the age of the fabrics? Some haggling tactics would be appreciated.
     


  4. Biscotti

    Biscotti Senior member

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    ^^^If I was a tailor and a client was asking me that question, I would tell him to go fuck himself. Let it be, if you like the fabric, then buy it. There is no reason a tailor should lower his price, b/c of "last season's" fabrics, ridiculous as several years isn't going to deteriorate fabrics. Especially given the economic climate, my tailor told me the past year has been nothing but debt as $500 + alterations and such have gone way down for him.
     


  5. Albern

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    romantic intentions?
    [​IMG] No, strictly platonic. If I happen to come across a bad blot of cloth I know where to point the finger.


    Baaaaad idea.

    [​IMG] Noted.
     


  6. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    These overpriced tailors are stickin to the people. Pretty soon they will all be driving Cadilacs. And what about old wine, shouldn't I get a discount on the old stuff? Only new wine and new cloth for me.
     


  7. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You guys complicate things sometimes. I just want to know the sheep's name.

    do you have romance in mind?
     


  8. upnorth

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    While not morally upright, we can give credit to the tailor for having the connections and resources to be able to score these fabrics at cheaper prices and enhance the range for his clients. If you are a regular, usually he tends to charge you lesser for it anyway since a good tailor is equally concerned about reputation of fair pricing and his main job is the labor that goes into making the suit.

    If I were the tailor, such discount cloths would be a good way to entice customers into buying a suit from me, or trying out for the first time. Charging a higher amount than the necessary markups seem like a lazy way to profit and may ultimately work out to a tailor's chagrin.

    Hypothetically, suppose the tailor were to buy fabrics at his regular prices, kept it with him for a couple of years in pristine condition and then a customer chooses that particular fabric, can we penalize the tailor by asking for a discount since it's an old fabric? It doesn't make sense.
     


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    I think that is why CMT is a good practice. Bring your own fabrics!
     


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    Why should anyone care, exactly?
     


  11. Cary Grant

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    These overpriced tailors are stickin to the people. Pretty soon they will all be driving Cadilacs. And what about old wine, shouldn't I get a discount on the old stuff? Only new wine and new cloth for me.

    I love that "new cloth" smell at your place. And that fresh boxed wine really gives you an edge. [​IMG]
     


  12. Sanguis Mortuum

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    Why should anyone care, exactly?

    Exactly what I was thinking...
     


  13. Cary Grant

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    You guys complicate things sometimes. I just want to know the sheep's name.

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  14. Cary Grant

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    Why should anyone care, exactly?

    The OP is one of those guys who thinks the clothing retail world is out to rip him off.
     


  15. MyOtherLife

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    The OP is one of those guys who thinks the clothing retail world is out to rip him off.
    Retail is out to rip all of us off. As I stated, a friend of mine told me about the fabric 'scam'. That is what raised my question. Nothing more. The point of my question was to ascertain whether or not, on principle, older stock should fetch the same price as newer stock. It is an absolutely valid question. Day old bread gets reduced in price for a reason. Last years car models are also reduced in price lower than this years or next years models. And since tailors -do- buy older fabric stock at reduced prices, then the industry supports my claim. If it didn't, then older fabric would not be discounted to them in the first place. Therefore, the tailors savings should be passed to the customer. It would have nothing to do with his labor costs.
     


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