Kent Wang - Affiliate thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kent Wang, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Jsoftz

    Jsoftz Senior member

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    Kent, I think you just broke the internet with this awesome news.

    I bought a pocket square from you, like, 3 years ago when I was in dire need before an interview and awkwardly picked it up from you in person as I drove into Austin. I've purchased any number of times from you since then but I never let you know that I got the job and have been working there over 3 years now. Only "bad" part is they promoted me and moved me to Ohio, next time in i'm in Austin I will definitely get some MTM from you- my customers and coworkers get to see all my KW pocket squares every day, no reason they shouldn't be able to see the new suits!

    It also occurs to me that other than being figuratively "dressed by Styleforvm," I'm almost literally dressed in SF designed/manufactured stuff on a daily basis, between HY, Kent Wang, and Panta that's like 60% of my stuff. A couple of my non-SF browsing friends have also discovered the magic of Kent's polos, too, and want to know when restocks will happen on navy polos.
     
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  2. prozach1576

    prozach1576 Senior member

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    Wow, can't wait to get in on one of those suits. My next purchase was already slated to be a workhorse charcoal too.
     


  3. CruzAzul

    CruzAzul Senior member

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    I just read the price table, where it says that a MTM 2-piece suit in Loro Piana fabric is going to cost a mere $755.

    If anybody needs me, I'll be in my bunk.
     


  4. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    In about one week.

    Late April.


    It's well known that there are only two mills for grenadine fabric. I'll let others weigh in about the rest, but I do sell a lot of grenadines.


    You can use the unbordered cuff links as studs. Two pairs equals one stud set, and it would only be $50.

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    I'm launching the suits slowly as I'm still photographing the fabrics and putting together the options.

    Here's a preview of the fabrics. This is about half of them, the rest should be up in a week or two. The conservative colors are mostly A range, the more colorful ones are Loro Piano in D range.

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    Here's a photo of an early suit I made for myself in a Loro Piano fabric. It's pretty close to the stock 36R though it still needs some tweaks for me. I'm having another suit made for me soon and some customers should soon be able to post reviews as well.

    There are plenty of fabrics that would be great for sportcoats. You could still buy the charcoal suit to try on the fit and return it to have a sportcoat made.
    I'm working on having fabric swatches available to send to customers. That may be available in a few weeks.

    That's how I've been doing the shirts for the last few years.

    I'm currently working on the pants measurements but it may be a month or two.

    There are plenty of navy fabrics that you can order for MTM, but the only RTW suit (which is returnable) that I will offer is the charcoal.

    Yes, jacket sizes are usually 4-6" larger than your body measurement since it doesn't fit skin tight.

    Glad to hear you got the job. I'm now pleased to say that I wear Kent Wang head-to-toe—including MTM cotton 120s boxers.
     
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  5. GradSchooler

    GradSchooler Senior member

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    Hi Kent,

    Thanks for answering all those questions. I tried to access the swatch link you shared but it said I didn't have permission to view the pictures. Not sure if others are having the same issue, but I thought I'd let you know.
     


  6. gumercindo

    gumercindo Senior member

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    Thanks for the info. I'm having difficulties finding your fabric listings and I can't access the flickr site.

    If I wanted to order a SC, and I am able to pick the fabric I want, do I need to go through the process of ordering the suit for sizing and then getting back to you? Not sure I follow - are the SCs MTM?

    TIA!
     


  7. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    The only suit that can be returned is the charcoal suit. If you really want to order a custom garment (suit, sportcoat, trousers, whatever) without trying on the suit first, we can do it but you won't be able to return it.

    Sorry, I just fixed the fabric link above.
     
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  8. GradSchooler

    GradSchooler Senior member

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    Awesome! Thanks Kent!
     


  9. gumercindo

    gumercindo Senior member

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    Aha, sweet! So, if I understand the process correctly...

    If I want a SC, I order the charcoal suit in my size. If the jacket fits great, I send the suit back and tell you that it fits great...I pick my fabric...and then you make me a SC and pay me the difference in price (suit - SC).

    Now, if the charcoal suit doesn't fit quite right and needs some tweaks, how does a customer communicate the tweak to you? And what do you consider tweaks (regular tailoring?)? i.e. "suppress the waist a little, Kent, and let the sleeves out just a bit".

    I see about 3-4 fabrics that I'm liking for my blue SC - I'll keep an eye on this thread to see when they'll become available!

    What is your return policy? i.e. if I return the suit and decide to pass on the SC?

    Thanks!
     
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  10. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    > If I want a SC, I order the charcoal suit in my size. If the jacket fits great, I send the suit back and tell you that it fits great...I pick my fabric...and then you make me a SC and pay me the difference in price (suit - SC).

    Right, or rather just refund the difference to your card.

    > Now, if the charcoal suit doesn't fit quite right and needs some tweaks, how does a customer communicate the tweak to you? And what do you consider tweaks (regular tailoring?)? i.e. "suppress the waist a little, Kent, and let the sleeves out just a bit".oeua

    I'm working on building a form that will have all the options but that might not be ready for a month or two. For now, just tell me what you need done via email. There about 20 different measurements I can adjust for the jacket alone.

    > I see about 3-4 fabrics that I'm liking for my blue SC - I'll keep an eye on this thread to see when they'll become available!

    All the fabrics are available. You could order the trial suit now. It'll take three weeks to make, and by that time I should have all the fabrics photographed and organized.

    > What is your return policy? i.e. if I return the suit and decide to pass on the SC?

    The standard policy for all items is 30 days.
     


  11. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    A few months ago, Kent contacted me to try out his new MTM service for a line of suits he was starting to make. I was very curious and agreed to guinea pig the project. It was explained to me that I would receive a basic fit suit in my general size, then provide commentary regarding what I wanted to change, and send it back. I thought it sounded great as I rarely have time to get to a tailor and do fittings and stuff. So, I paid Kent for the suit and a few days later it showed up at my door and our process began.

    I put the suit on, and truth be told, I was not immediately impressed. The general cut of the jacket was a bit "blobby" for my taste, the quarters were not open as much as I had liked, and it was not the slimmest cut. The pants however, were amazing out of the box, and I really, really loved the fit of those. The construction of the jacket was great though, very impressive. The canvassing, etc. all pointed to signs of good things, just the cut was not right for me.

    I wrote to Kent and told him that while it was beautifully made, I didn't think that in fact it would work out for me as I didn't like the cut. Kent assured me he could make it work for me, and to trust him. So, I did.I told him what I wanted - higher armholes, more open quarters, more slimming at the hips, and some other niggles like 1/2" or so at the waist, and the sleeves down 1/4". The suit was sent back to him and in 3 weeks or so the next incarnation arrived.

    You could certainly tell major improvements were made, the suit fit much, much better, but not perfect still. The quarters were not open enough and the hips were still belling out too much for my taste. Again, I emailed Kent and sent the suit back. There was one more trial fitting of back and forth of the suit before we nailed it down and I got it sent to me for the final time. Now, this may seem like a lot of sending back and forth, but its actually really impressive that he nailed it so well for two reasons. One, I have no idea how to speak "tailor", so I was going by just really general terms. Its actually incredible that Kent even knew what I was talking about, as I read the emails back. They were so vague, so thats partially my fault. Most impressive, is that he did all this with only one photo of me in the suit in mid process.

    So, below is the final result - Im really happy with it, and it fits very well. The fabric is really nice - it doesn't have a lot of "flow" its more of a stiffer, workhorse wool, which is perfect for a staple suit thats going to get a lot of wear. Ill have to wear it a few more times to see how it all wears over time., but off first feelings, its right there with Corneliani or such. I lost about 12 pounds since the final measurements were sent to him, so its a bit big in places, but again, thats my fault. Fantastic price for a very well made product, from an extremely nice (and patient) man.
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  12. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    looks great. very cool process. :fonz:
     


  13. DerekS

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    If the suits will fit this well OTR, I'd definitely be interested. This looks fantastic Spoo. Kent did a damn fine job. When can we expect to see these?
     


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    Thanks for sharing this anecdote Spoo. Definitely has piqued my interest.
     


  15. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks to Spoo for the review, and working with me on the fit. My initial pattern was not as slim, so it took a few iterations to nail it down. But thanks to his help the RTW suit will fit like the above photos, which should be quite close to perfect for a lot of customers, and if any small tweaks are required it should be perfect on the first iteration.

    You can buy the charcoal suit now!
     


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