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Need a tuxedo quick

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mprlego, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. mprlego

    mprlego New Member

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    My friend calls me today and says he just found out that he needs to attend a black tie event this Friday. He does not want to have to rent a tuxedo and would rather purchase one. Unfortunately, with only 3 more days until the event, this makes it quite hard. My question to you guys is, where would he be able to go to pick up a tuxedo and have it fitted that quickly? He is in the Baltimore area. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Senior member

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    A vintage clothing shop might be good in a pinch. Drop it at a dry cleaner to have it cleaned, altered, and new buttons added, pick it up a day or two later.

    The obvious caveat is there's no guarantee that a vintage shop will have decent (or any) tuxedos in stock. Good luck.
     
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    filene's on Conneticut in DC has some tuxs that I think are decent. As far as tailoring good luck getting it back in such short time.
     
  4. Tomasso

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    I'm sure that there are many stores in Baltimore that sell DJ's and that will do a rush tailoring job. That said, it's not the optimal way to buy clothing.
     
  5. Carey

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    I am sure they can either rush the alterations, or he can find someone to meet his deadline.

    This is the one instance when I would forgoe my "no fused jackets" rule.
     
  6. Mentos

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    sounds like beggars can't be choosers, but if he has preferences, the filene's tuxedos are all notch-lapel, DECENT QUALITY. I think they might be calvin klein, and they cost about $400 (not sure about that). There are lots of them.
     
  7. Tomasso

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    This is the one instance when I would forgoe my "no fused jackets" rule.


    ???
     
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    There's also a SYMS over there at Towson. They racks of them. You'll find one, but I don't know about getting it altered.

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  9. dah328

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    I'd sooner rent one than be stuck with a compromised purchase.
     
  10. Carey

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    It seems to me that the Tuxedo is such a ubiquitous garment, that no one really notices if ones tux is made as well as a fine suit. These jackets tend to be a serge or a worsted wool in a 100s, and our friend wants one ASAP. For a few hundred dollars, he can get something that he can wear for several years. If having his own tux was anything other than an impulse purchase, then by all means spend the bucks to get a really great one. He needs it fast, so he should get what is available, looks good, and fits well. I can understand his desire to buy something rather than to wear someone elses rented pants. I wouldn't want my "boys" in their either. I recently rented a tux this year to attend a black-tie event. The rental garment fit fine, but I hated every minute of wearing something rented. Next time I know I have to go black tie, I will probably get something from an outlet. I am still kicking myself, because six years ago I did not buy a Hickey-Freeman Tux from Off Fifth Avenue for $499.00. I haven't found anything of that quality in any of the outlet stores in recent years. I will most likely have to get a fused Tuxedo, since I really can't justify spending $1,000 for something I might have the opportunity to wear once a year. [​IMG]
     
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    It seems to me that the Tuxedo is such a ubiquitous garment, that no one really notices if ones tux is made as well as a fine suit.

    Interesting.
     
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    Interesting.
    Bring it!
     
  13. kitonbrioni

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    K&G has plenty of low price tuxs and they will do the tailoring quick.
     
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    One source of a peak lapel jacket is Joey Bank - probably under $600.
    Not real quality, but better than a lot of other "quick" sources. And they are likely to get it fitted for him.

    The real problem is that tailoring for a really good fit would be about a week at most any source. Which is the niche of the rental tuxedo market.
     
  15. Huntsman

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    One source of a peak lapel jacket is Joey Bank - probably under $600.
    Not real quality, but better than a lot of other "quick" sources. And they are likely to get it fitted for him.

    The real problem is that tailoring for a really good fit would be about a week at most any source. Which is the niche of the rental tuxedo market.


    Jos A Bank does a peaked SB? That's impressive, as everyone seems to be going notch.
     
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    I guess it mostly matters whether he wants to own a good tuxedo, cares at all about how good it is for this event, etc.
     
  17. rabbimark

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    I had good luck at Jos. Bank in Manhattan when looking for a cumerbun / bow tie set; seemed to have a broad array of decent stuff. But, as above, I think the tailoring's going to be the real push on this.

    I have two tuxes in the closet for those rare black tie events, along with three shirts that take studs. That and a quality navy suits ought to be the first purchase of every grown-up man. (with a nice pair of Grensons, too!)
     
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    One source of a peak lapel jacket is Joey Bank - probably under $600.
    Not real quality, but better than a lot of other "quick" sources. And they are likely to get it fitted for him.

    The real problem is that tailoring for a really good fit would be about a week at most any source. Which is the niche of the rental tuxedo market.



    Granted mine is a notch jacket, but it was at Joe B's for under $150, cost me almost as much to have the damn thing tailored. If all that matters is shortening arms and legs, then it shouldn't take long. If pants/coat need to be slimmed too, good luck!
     
  19. mprlego

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    Thanks for all the replies. I'll mention to him SYMS, K&G, Filenes and Jos A Banks. I don't think he's too concerned about quality, just as long as it's nicer than a rental. I agree, getting it altered seems to be the problem. Hopefully he can find something at the stores mentioned. Thanks again for all your help!
     

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