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

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

  1. katabatic

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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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    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.
     


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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.

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  5. 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.
     


  6. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Finally got back and picked up my suit.

    I'm happy. I have a very difficult body type to fit, and they did a very nice job.

    I was skeptical that the combination MTM/bespoke process could achieve a decent fit, but I think they succeeded. The suit is comfortable, but doesn't fit like a sack.

    They've won themselves a new customer.

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    Kai

    Looking nice but did they offer a wider lapel or moving the pleats out wards? They look not scaled.
     


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    I agree with chogall here. Both the suits seen so far look generally well-fitted and constructed, but if I was a man of Kai's build, I would definitely have gone for a wider lapel. I am also curious to know if there is a reason why the pleats were not a little futher out, again given Kai's build. There also appears to be a bit of a collar gap on the jacket, which is not enormous but just enough to be noticeable.
     
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  9. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I'm happy with the lapel width. I have another jacket with wider lapels, and, in the words of my wife, it makes me look like a "cartoon gangster." In my experience, wider lapels make me look wider. (Same reason I don't really like widely spread collars on my shirts.)

    Pleats could be moved out a bit. I will do this on my next suit.

    I'm going to try on the jacket and check on the collar gap. I didn't really notice it when I was looking at the suit in the mirror, and some of the pictures show it, and some don't.

    If it turns out to be a fit issue as opposed to just how I happen to be standing or that particular picture, I'm guessing that the Beckett & Robb folks can tweak the fit for me. (No idea how difficult it might be to adjust such a thing.)

    I'm going to wear the suit a few more times, however, before I make any decisions, and give it some time to settle in a bit before I come to any final conclusions as to fit.

    I appreciate the fit critiques. It's much easier to critique the fit of someone else's suit, so it's good to have some third party opinions on the fit.
     


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    And please don't get us wrong: overall, it's a fantastic suit which looks great on you. As a first commission with a new tailor, it's also very successful.
     


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    Even with the minor things to be fixed, you do look very good. And it is very hard to look good for your build and most definitely hard to look #menswear. So B&R definitely did a pretty good job.

    p.s. I don't like the fit of your billowing shirt sleeves. Hopefully the waist of the shirt isnt the same.
     


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    given your frame, the lapel does look a bit small in proportion, though if it's your preference, then stick with it.
     


  13. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    The waist of the shirt is the same. It fits very poorly.

    Hard to find an off the rack shirt with a 17.5 inch neck that doesn't fit like a big smock.

    I just ordered a bunch of custom shirts from Luxire. Hoping they will fit better.
     


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    I'm gonna side with Kai on the lapel width; it seems fine to me on him (though I understand in principle why wider lapels would favor men of his build).

    Sans the collar gap and the pleats, it looks perfect. When I saw it on WAYWRN, I was struck by how well it fit not knowing it's back story.
     


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    To circle back with some of my original comments.... the shoulders actually look very good. Impressive. However, the collar needs some work judging by the gap.
     
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