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Indochino suits?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by crease, Jan 4, 2008.

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  1. crease

    crease Well-Known Member

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    Hello:

    Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with suits or shirts from Indochino?
    www.indochino.com

    I have heard of the other usuals such as Joss A. Banks, BB's, and HF's...but Indochino [or another Canadian tailor] would just be personally easier to deal with.
    How about Banana Republic suits?

    I went to Harry's the other day looking for a new suit, and the salesman tried to convince me that I wear a 36s. Obviously he would know better than I, but the jacket just fit very tight and the back did not seem to "hang" naturally and instead looked rather creased.

    Anyway, I'm looking for an alternative to the $1K ho-hum BOSS suits at Harry's.
    Preferably something pretty conservative for a law firm environment - i.e. dull and gray.
    Lastly, I am just a student so I'm not looking to break the bank.

    Thank you
     
  2. Jared

    Jared Senior member

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    *bump* These guys are getting more press. There are a lot of things to nitpick on the website:
    • Recommending black suits
    • Photos of suits with the bottom button done
    • One of their only customer shots is obviously too big
    • Some suits with polyester
    But their prices are very competitive (~$300), so it might be worth the risk... Supposedly they go to some of the bridal shows in BC, so it's possible to check out the craftsmanship in person.
     
  3. Wrenkin

    Wrenkin Senior member

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    I have the navy 2-button. The shoulders are a little big, the sleeves were a little long (if you remember to get your tailor to fill out a form they supply you'll be reimbursed for some alterations). It's not like Jantzen, where they'll give you exactly what you asked for, like when I ordered my last shirt 3-4" too short. They give you what they think you'd want. That said, it's better than you'd get for $250 at the mall.

    First time I put it on I had to fight to get it buttoned, as the button hole was a little too small. I'm not sure they bother to check.

    One more thing: the fabric was quite lightweight, and a little shiny (it's supposedly wool/cashmere). Doesn't really come through on the photos.
     
  4. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

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    I ordered the fabrics and was not impressed. I was in communication with them for a while, but it kind of broke down. I think they were not prepared for this undertaking and it made me hesitant to go through with an order.

    Probably worth a try.
     
  5. JoeWoah

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    Seems interesting...
     
  6. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    i don't know, when i see the words "designer inspired" an internal alarm goes off and i instantly think "d-bag scammers" and close the [internet] window.
    One more thing: the fabric was quite lightweight, and a little shiny (it's supposedly wool/cashmere). Doesn't really come through on the photos.
    are you sure that's cashmere/wool blend? usually it's polyester that makes things shiny. that, or the dry cleaners messed it up.
     
  7. ibleedwhite

    ibleedwhite Senior member

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    yeah im interested in more reviews
     
  8. GQBADBOY

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    I bought a suit recently - La Habana - Cotton Khaki:

    Overall for my first buy from the company I'd give the quality a 7/10.

    Let me share my first experience:

    I got the suit within 2 weeks - pants were too tight and the jacket lapel buttonhole was missing. Buttons on the suit didn't match the pants as well. At first the buttons were hard to put through the button holes of the suit. I was given a free pair of pants a week later, because even letting it out, the pants were too short.

    I sent back the suit - thought about getting a refund, but chose to give them another try. Kyle, the CEO, was in direct contact with me through the whole process. Really personable through email and communicated promptly with all the issues I had.

    Waited for about a week and a half - got the suit back with all the issues resolved. The suit by the way is very well made, buttonhole installed, buttons fit properly through the buttonholes of suit. Pants fit nicely, although I prefer to let it out a bit - and I requested them to leave the pants for me to get hemmed by a local tailor. I will change my measurements for the pants on the website.

    Overall - I think this a good idea, but since it's a company on the start, don't expect things to go smoothly the first time. If there's something wrong with the suit, do email them and they will definitely attempt to get you requests fulfilled. I'm sure in time they will get better at what they do.

    If I had a choice of getting a suit of the RACK or from this site, I'd probably get it off the RACK, but I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future if I don't see anything I like locally.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    Indochino suits-somewhat rebellious and slightly questionable in quality with a French twist.
     
  10. avocade

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    I ordered a white shirt and 16 fabrics this Friday, and am pretty excited to see what they came up with. I'm willing to take a chance on these guys, since the thought of being able to quickly order a fitting suit/shirt/coat to anywhere in the world in 5 mins (after measurements are verified) on the net is _really_ enticing for a modern nomad like myself.

    Anyone care to give their opinions on their purchase now one year after their purchase?


    /Oskar
     
  11. dclloyd

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    I ordered a white shirt and 16 fabrics this Friday, and am pretty excited to see what they came up with. I'm willing to take a chance on these guys, since the thought of being able to quickly order a fitting suit/shirt/coat to anywhere in the world in 5 mins (after measurements are verified) on the net is _really_ enticing for a modern nomad like myself.

    Anyone care to give their opinions on their purchase now one year after their purchase?


    /Oskar


    I'd be curious on your opinion of the shirt. Their website has improved substantially in the last year, hopefully they've worked out some of the production kinks too. I'm considering ordering one of their basic suits. They do claim full canvas construction which is surprising at that price point. Sent them an email to ask about a modification to the standard and they replied back within a few hours (and that was over the weekend).
     
  12. laxnate

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    Any update from those that have bought? Pics?
     
  13. dclloyd

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    Any update from those that have bought? Pics?

    I bit the bullet and ordered one of their basic navy suits, should be arriving any day. Will take some photos and give first impression before bringing it to my tailor.
     
  14. laxnate

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    DC that would be awesome. I've been thinking about it for awhile, would love to hear (and see) your thoughts.
     
  15. dclloyd

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    DC that would be awesome. I've been thinking about it for awhile, would love to hear (and see) your thoughts.

    Speak of the devil, it arrived today. It's actually not bad ... it's not great, but it's not bad, especially for the price. I'll post a review with photos tomorrow.
     
  16. dclloyd

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    Ok so here's my review - and yes with pics! I ordered the plain Navy Suit, cost was $309 USD including a free shirt, shipping and customs charges.

    ABOUT ME
    I've owned Zegna mainline, Canali (including Exclusive), Corneliani all the way down to Boss and M. Valentino from the Wizard of Aahs. I consider myself a pragmatist - I'm not expecting Zegna quality at $300. If it helps I'm 5'9" and about 155 lbs. My standard suit is a 38R.

    SPEED AND SERVICE
    Outstanding. Ordered on 02/12 acknowledged immediately. Apparently cut and sent to the tailor on 02/18. Shipped on 02/25 and delivered on 02/26. A total of 14 days from order to delivery - not bad! It's going to have to be remade (see below) and they volunteered to do so within a few hours of me sending in alterations estimate. They don't expect me to send back the original suit until I receive the new one.

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    Pretty good. Material is a reasonable weave, nice hand. It's not the super delicate feel, I think it should hold up well. Stitching seems straight. Not a lot of the 'little extras' such as change pocket on the pants, pen pocket in the jacket, functional lapel buttonhole etc. Pick stitching a little over the top.

    THE FIT
    This is one slim fitting suit! Unfortunately a little too much so, will take some alterations. In particular they didn't accommodate my funky square shoulders (and I did emphasize when ordering, including a photo). The alterations are going to be more than $75 so they are going to remake the suit. I thought you might find it useful to see the measurements I entered and what I measure the corresponding suit at;

    Bicep: Submitted 12.5", I measure 14" (7x2)
    Wrist: Submitted 7.5", I measure 11" (5.5x2)
    Chest: Submitted 38", I measure 39" (pit seam across, 19.5x2)
    Shoulder: Submitted 18", I measure 18"
    Stomach: Submitted 33", I measure 33"
    Hips: Submitted 37", I measure 38"
    Length: Submitted 30", I measure 29" (however they measure the front length, when I say 29 I measuring the back - overall the length is ok)
    Pant waist: Submitted 33", I measure 33" (16.5x2)

    So as you can see maybe not the typical margin you might expect. Shoulder is ok, the rest of the body of the jacket, as well as the waist/hips on the pants, is just too tight. On the remake I'm thinking of Chest +1, Stomach +1, Hips +0.75, Pant waist +0.75, Pant hips +1. I'd welcome feedback on that based on the photos.

    ADDITIONAL
    I ordered the sleeves unhemmed, expecting to be standard unfinished. Not the case at all, they were really unhemmed, with a questionable amount of fabric to turn up. I would not recommend this option! The jacket does feel canvassed as their site claims.

    The shirt that arrived is ok at best. It was free, I wouldn't pay the $90 that the site normally charges as they have minimal customization options.

    I also ordered some fabric swatches (free when you order a suit) and am impressed.

    THE PICTURES
    So here they are. Taking photos of a REALLY dark navy suit is hard! Keep in mind the pants and sleeve arms are unhemmed, so the length of both can't really be judged.

    Front Full, Buttoned
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    Front Full, Unbuttoned
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    Side shot, buttoned
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    Back shot, buttoned
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    Back shot, unbuttoned
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    Shoulders
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    The pants, front
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    The pants, back
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    CONCLUSION
    Obviously I'm going to have to wait for the remade suit to say for sure! If they're able to adjust the measurements so the fit is better I'd consider ordering from them again.
     
  17. nathan

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    Nice review!

    I thought about ordering from these guys, but the suits on their website look extremely slim-fitting which I'm not sure would work well at my office.
     
  18. laxnate

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    Thanks for the review! The measurements you sent them were taken from your body, not another suit, right? Are there options to choose what sort of fit you want or are these just their standard margins?
     
  19. dclloyd

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    Nice review!

    I thought about ordering from these guys, but the suits on their website look extremely slim-fitting which I'm not sure would work well at my office.


    They're certainly slim fitting, but I don't think it would be inappropriate in most office environments. It's a little extreme in the pictures I posted mostly because that's not 'slim' that's 'tight' ... [​IMG] Hopefully when I send them my adjustments it'll be better.
     
  20. dclloyd

    dclloyd Senior member

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    Thanks for the review! The measurements you sent them were taken from your body, not another suit, right? Are there options to choose what sort of fit you want or are these just their standard margins?

    There are some options, but not general fit. I took all the measurements off the body with a 'two finger' margin for most. I actually followed their videos/suggestions for measurements. Even on a slim fit suit I'd expect a little more breathing room, so if you're going to order I'd just round up ...
     

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