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Need advise: Tom Ford suit ruined, sleeves to be changed.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Quarks, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    A men's shop in Indiana. The suit was an Isaia.
     
  2. ridefar

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    Bottom line... why wouldnt you? Unless you didnt buy it from a TF store or boutique, why not? I would email them, explain the situation, and throw yourself at their mercy. I would also do it soon, because typically TF fabrics run out pretty quickly. It seems like you have sleeves on the way, so that is probably not an issue, but you could well run into a situation where there is no more fabric in that pattern and color available. That would be bad. Honestly, I wouldnt take it anywhere else but a TF store, and have them ship it back to the factory, at this point. I wouldnt trust the tailor at my TF store to do that and have it look good--there is way to much interesting stuff going on in terms of structure, cavassing, roping, etc. as others have pointed out. Your chance of it going wrong is high. And you still wont have the buttons done the right way. Just send it back. I can appreciate that financially that may suck. A lot. But if you care enough to wear TF in the first place, then get it done right.
     
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    +1

    And another vote for at least approaching TF directly - they be helpful and/or take sympathy with your situation. I would also work with the original department store to pay/offset the cost of the alterations.

    Also - if you don't mind me asking - where did you buy the suit?
     
  4. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    Better bring it to TF; otherwise, better reread FC's points to manage your expectations.
     
  5. tchoy

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    I agreed with others that you should take back to Tom Ford. I know of two bespoke tailors in Sydney that are capable of doing the work you require but usually they only do alteration for existing clients. If you can't find someone capable to do the work send me a pm.
     
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    CYstyle Senior member

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    Isn't the ruined sleeves still attached to the garment? He should have an idea just by looking at it :p

    Anyhow as I understand it, they are sending you new finished sleeves and not just identical fabric to make new sleeves? In that case it should not be difficult, the tailor just removes the previous sleeve, and attaches the new one which should already have the canvassing in place for the TF roped shoulder and the tailor wouldn't be doing the construction on the roping but just making sure he attaches the sleeve cleanly
     
  7. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    TALK TO TOM FORD.

    You keep saying how much of an eyesore bad buttons are. Do you really think that anything that comes back from the second tailor (T2, if you will) will ever match up? If you're anything like me, the newly attached sleeves could be perfect, but you'll still convince yourself that they could be better. At least going through Tom Ford you have the peace of mind that will allow you to love what ever comes back. Its a sad fact that any imperfection will stick out a mile to your eye and you'll feel constantly bitter about your "ruined" suit.
     
  8. Quarks

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    I see. I guess Indiana isn't an option for me. :s


    Thanks. Lots of things are running through my mind and what you wrote spoke exactly what I have been thinking. I think I have trusted them twice. I am not going to risk it this time. Essentially, I have thrown a few thousands down to obtain a beautiful suit to have a 'tailor' ruined it for me. I have emailed Tom Ford representative & hope they will get back to me soon. If it costs too much to be done, there is no point paying extra thousand from my own pocket to re-correct a job I entrusted someone else to do. That is just too much, too unreasonable.

    Worse case scenario, I may opt for a bespoke tailor to fixed it up for me. In that case, this TF suit will forever be that suit that was f*cked-up-by-someone-else kinda-suit.


    I bought the suit from Selfridges, London. They were nothing but fantastic. I would go out of my arm to recommend dropping by their shop-in-shop Tom Ford store. There is no doubt I would go back to them again.
     
  9. Quarks

    Quarks Senior member

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    FC, Spoo and many others here, if not all, have provided great insight on what I should do. As mentioned, TF rep has been contacted & I hope they will follow-up to it soon.


    tchoy, thank you for your recommendation. I will definitely take up your offer if TF could not resolve this issue. Sydney is certainly closer and a reasonable alternative. Cheers.


    Well, the initial 'tailor' should have an idea if he/she could weave the buttonholes in the first place. More often than not, 'tailors' or 'alterationists' would say 'yes' to almost everything. If it is only as simple, just by looking and fixing it. Don't think so. Being in the surgical field, if I am not confident in doing something and may cause more harm than good, I either tell the patient that this cannot be repaired without certain consequences - risk vs benefits or I refer to someone senior or someone who specialises in that aspect. A tailor hates cleaning up a shit job of another tailor, just as a surgeon detests cleaning a bad job of another.

    I have PM'ed Jefferyd, he recommended sending back to TF. Once I risk having another tailor getting it FUBAR'ed, my chances of redeeming my suit from TF is almost next to nothing. Bitten twice. Given the reputation of the store, I was willing to give them a second chance. I reckon I'll be the fool if I proceed the third time.
     
  10. Quarks

    Quarks Senior member

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    Exactly. Same thoughts. Awaiting reply from Tom Ford. Fingers crossed.

     
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    Similar to what others have said, I wouldn't trust many people with shoulders... especially a Tom Ford shoulder. My dad recently bought a purple label sport coat at RL and there was an issue with the shoulder. Instead of finding a different jacket, they elected to replace the padding/mess with the shoulder. I wasn't very happy about the decision... we'll see how it turns out.
     
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    what he said....
     
  13. SirGrotius

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    Gut feeling, only the TF store will be able to do this with the same aesthetic.
     
  14. plei89

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    Damn... I'm really curious to see photos. I know I'm not the only one :hide:

    Hope everything works out for you
     
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    +1. Pls post flicks.
     

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