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I think I'm going to try a Beckett and Robb Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kai, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I work about a 1/2 block from the Beckett & Robb showroom in Salt Lake.

    http://www.beckettrobb.com/

    I'm considering ordering a suit from them.

    Their fabrics are nice, and they offer a mix of MTM and bespoke at a reasonable price.

    The folks there I've chatted with seem knowledgeable and helpful.

    Thinking of a grey chalkstripe 3 piece. Probably will just order 1 suit and see how it turns out before I buy anything else.

    I haven't seen any feedback on their offerings here, so I guess I will be the Style Forum guinea pig.
     
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  2. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Ordered a suit today.

    Cloth is by Vitale Barberis Conanico in a mid grey with pinstripe.

    3 piece, 2 button jacket. Fully canvased, 1/2 lined.

    Measuring process takes about an hour.

    He took a bunch of measurements with a tape, and they also have a bunch of standard sized "fitting" jackets, vests, and trousers that I tried on, while he made notes on fit issues and where my body shape differed from the standard patterns. The guy who worked with me seemed knowledgeable and competent, and proffered good advice about fit, shape, length, etc.

    The suits are made from individual patterns based on these measurements and observations, but there are no intermediate fittings, so it's kind of a mixture of bespoke and made to measure.

    I'm not an easy body shape to fit, so I will be interested to see if they can get it right the first time with me. They promise to keep working on it if necessary for a perfect fit, so I'm not too worried about the final outcome.

    Overall, I was pleased with the experience and am optimistic. The suit should be ready in about 5 weeks. Will update when it shows up.
     
  3. Flake

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    Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
     
  4. clapeyron

    clapeyron Senior member

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    Looking forward, too.

    We need more threads like this.
     
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  5. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    Do they make it themselves? Also, did you see a sample of how their suits are made? Shoulder? Lapel? Button stance?
     
  6. scotchman

    scotchman Well-Known Member

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    I love the grey plaid three piece suit that first shows up when you enter the site. Be sure to keep us updated and please post pictures!
     
  7. scotchman

    scotchman Well-Known Member

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    By the way I only skimmed the site and couldn't find pricing, how much would a three piece run you?
     
  8. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    The suits are made by a shop in Portugal. I did see samples of their suits in the shop and they look quite nice. They offer both 1/2 and fully canvassed options. (I went with the fully canvassed.)

    Their shoulder options run from full padded to unstructured. I chose a very lightly padded shoulder because padded shoulders make me look like a cartoon gangster.

    Similarly, I chose a medium width lapel, on a 2 button suit, pretty much middle of the road.


    Price was just a bit over $1,300.
     
  9. beckettrobb

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    Superfluous, I would like to respond on behalf of Beckett & Robb. I don't know if it's appropriate to reply directly in these threads because we respect the right of the consumer to share their unbiased opinions. But I thought I could still be helpful and figured as long as I disclose who I am, it's ok. We have an account on StyleForum as a company. My name is Jason and I'm one of the founders. We have 2 showrooms at the moment: one in Salt Lake City (where we are headquartered) and one in San Francisco. Both locations have many samples for prospective clients to examine.

    We build our suits in a factory in Portugal. We do not own the factory, so in that sense we don't build them ourselves. However, our program is truly OUR program. We developed it, did the design work, and contracted the tailoring to an amazing facility in Portugal. Our shirts are built in Spain and are basically the same story as our suits. And for what it's worth, all of our cloth is purchased from well-known mills in England and Italy. Nothing off-brand or generic.

    As far as construction, that is a large topic as most SF members know. The short version is that our standard make is a floating half-canvas. We never fuse, period. Clients can opt for Full Canvas or Unstructured if they wish. Independent of the chest and lapel construction, clients also have the choice of 3 levels of shoulder padding (regular, minimal, none). By the way, our "regular" shoulder pad is already fairly light. Finally, and also independent of canvas and shoulders, clients can choose to have jackets fully-lined, half-lined, or unlined.

    Finally, the client can control the button stance. We typically recommend a stance for a client and most often they go with our advice. But the client can control this if they wish.

    I'll keep watching this thread and am happy to answer any other questions about our (relatively young) brand, our construction, cloth, customizations, fittings, etc, etc.
     
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  10. clapeyron

    clapeyron Senior member

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    After seeing many PR trainwrecks on here it's refreshing to see a prime example of how to do it right... [​IMG]
     
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  11. Superfluous

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    From the sample photos I saw, one thing I'll note is that I think the shoulders need some work. They're generally not a great shape, have an uninteresting sleeve attachment (in terms of roping, natural, bald, etc.), and they're often too wide as well. Just some thoughts...
     
  12. Loudly

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    Thanks. I'm literally right upstairs from you in SF and thinking of giving it a try for a summer suit. Do you have holland and sherry cloth available?

     
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    How much do shirts run? What are the price breakdowns for ordering in quantities greater than 4? (5, 6, 8, 10, 12) Thanks.
     
  14. katabatic

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    I got word this morning that my B&R suit (and shirts) is ready to pick up - going to leave work a bit early so I can go get it today. Exciting!

    Has anyone else here gotten one yet?
     
  15. katabatic

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    Well, here's a lovely label inside my jacket:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm expecting a sports jacket and shirt any day now! Most likely in about a week but I can always hope.
     
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  18. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Suit is done.

    Sadly, I am travelling, and won't be able to pick it up until Friday.

    Will take some pictures and post some thoughts when I get it.
     
  19. katabatic

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    The best of a poor lot of photo attempts. I don't know how you guys do it. Anyway, here's a full photo of the suit, in full summer mode with my I-have-no-idea-who-made it 15 euro panama hat that I bought in Florence 10 years ago.

    The shirt is also from Beckett & Robb. It's not solid - it's a micro gingham pattern, with their standard spread collar and barrel cuffs. Show a smidge more than normal here, because I had them unbuttoned in this photo. Although, frankly, I'll probably wear this without a tie much more often than with one.

    Overall, I have to say I'm pleased with the process, and impressed with the results.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I went to pick up the suit today.

    The jacket is just about perfect, I think. Very happy with it, particularly because I am kind of hard to fit.

    The pants were way too long, but otherwise very good. Fixing length is a simple thing, so this is no big deal.

    Vest was just a tiny bit loose through the lower chest and waist. They're taking care of that as well.

    I'm headed out on vacation for a week, so I won't be able to pick up the suit with the altered pants and vest for a week or so, but I will post pictures when I do.


    I have to say that I was impressed overall. Impressed enough that I'm pretty sure I will be ordering another suit from them when I go in to pick up the suit.
     

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