New on the forum looking for some advise... My 1st post

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by newintown23, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. newintown23

    newintown23 Senior member

    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Hello gentleman,
    I have been lingering around here for the past couple of weeks. I happened to stumble across this site, in a google search, and i have been addicted since. I am a 30 year old mortgage banker, looking to start rebuilding my wardrobe from the ground up. I have a good sense of street clothes style, but dress clothes, not as much...

    I happened to take a look into my closet recently and noticed that all of my suits are 3 button. They are cheap suits i have picked up over the years at places like syms & outlet stores. I really didnt know better at the time, and got sold by the salesman that they were good quality suits and they look good on me. That being said, i would like to put them all to the side and start over...
    I am 5"10, 180 lbs with a solid athletic build, and i noticed that shirts off the rack dont really fit me very well. My favorite brand OTR for shirts and suits happens to be Hugo Boss, which i noticed gets knocked alot on this site, due to the fact the jackets are fused.
    I am on somewhat of a budget in rebuilding my wardrobe, but would like my money well spent. Prior to finding this forum i happend to find 2 Hugo suits at a department store which were very high style and fit pretty well OTR. They are the Jam Sharp suits hugo makes.
    They have a good amount of waste suppression and and have a very modern cut to them. I also picked up a couple of Hickey Freeman suits on Gilt.com, the hickey line... Same type of style, but according to this forum, they are much better made than the Hugo suits (which are black label) due to the fact they are half canvassed. Correct?

    Anyway, i have taken these suits to a fantastic tailor i have here on Long Island, and he understands the look im going for. The suits cost me about $220 a piece for all the adjustments. This wasnt the greatest idea was it? I am kind of kicking myself for doing this, because im thinking i made the wrong decision. I purchased the Hugo suits for 895 each and the Hickey suits for 500 each. All in all i have 4 suits which i pick up next week, which should look fantastic, but was curious to know everyones thoughts on this, so i dont repeat mistakes in the future.

    My budget was around 1000 per suit, give or take a few bucks here and there. Now i read alot about Mr Neds and going to see him about making me a suit, but i also read he makes very American style suits, and me being on Long Island, having to drive to the city a few times for a suit, almost seemed like more aggravation than it was worth? The pants OTR fit me just about perfect and just needed to be hemmed.

    After reading about shirts on this site, i took measurements off of my favorite, perfect fitting Hugo shirt, and ordered some shirts from modern tailor and Nialma... Next i need shoes, ties, belts, ect... I am looking forward to hearing your input on things done right (if any) and things done wrong... I really like the modern style suit such as Tom Ford, Armani, Gucci, Hugo, ect... Thank you very much
     


  2. newintown23

    newintown23 Senior member

    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island NY


  3. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,995
    Likes Received:
    267
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    O well, if you like hugo boss go for it.

    For your price range, I would go for suit supply stuff, they are relatively low cost, decent make and fabric, so of their models are very Tom Ford and slim

    In fact, their trouser is very very slim
     


  4. marblehouse

    marblehouse Senior member

    Messages:
    1,708
    Likes Received:
    533
    Joined:
    May 17, 2009
    Location:
    never odd or even
    ADVICE.
     


  5. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

    Messages:
    682
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Didn't realizzze dat dis waz a help you spel threade.:D
     


  6. SpooPoker

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

    Messages:
    36,343
    Likes Received:
    36,750
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Location:
    LuxeSwap
    

    I see what you did there.
     


  7. Itsdigits

    Itsdigits Member

    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2012
    Grammar ... [​IMG]
     


  8. Birks and Grey Socks

    Birks and Grey Socks Senior member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2011
    Suitsupply in NYC is exactly what you are looking for. Tom Ford-esque styling and their half canvassed purple line is priced at at $470. Best suit under $1000, period.

    I also bought a Boss Jam Sharp suit, before I learned about fit and construction here on SF. To a layperson's eye, it's a decent looking suit. Once you know better, it will look mediocre at best. I would greatly regret this purchase had I not bought it for $350. But now, I would take a Suitsupply suit over any Boss suit, especially since it's half the price.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012


  9. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

    Messages:
    5,386
    Likes Received:
    966
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2011
    Location:
    Sartorial Wasteland
    May I suggest waiting for some sales next time, if you're truly on a budget. $900 for a Boss suit is pretty hard to swallow. :confused:
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012


  10. newintown23

    newintown23 Senior member

    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Thanks everyone. Anyway, is suit supply a retailer or they make their own stuff? Is there a certain fit or line i would be going for? I hear you on the Hugo suits. I spent about 900 on them plus paid a tailor 200 to make it perfect. Lesson learned and i will be sure that will be my last Hugo suit... I also purchased a David Reeves custom made suit online, and im meeting with him next week. Can anyone suggest a good place to pick up some shoes and belts without breaking the bank? Thank you all for your input. It is appreciated.
     


  11. ballmouse

    ballmouse Senior member

    Messages:
    1,117
    Likes Received:
    277
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    A lot of nicer shoes that are liked on this board come in many different lasts, so it'd be best to try on the shoes in person. Therefore, I'd recommend going to Manhattan and into stores such as Crockett & Jones, Alden, or Allen Edmonds to make sure the shoes will fit before you buy. C&J, Alden, and AE all retail for $300+.
     


  12. newintown23

    newintown23 Senior member

    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    I actually just called my tailor and he didn't get to the Hugo Boss suits yet. They are chalked up, but he didnt do anything to them yet. He only has the 2 Hickey Freeman Suits which i bought off of gilt.com for $500 bucks. These are the hickey line... My tailor told me they are not half canvassed, but anything i read on this forum said that they are. Your thoughts?
    Im thinking about picking the Hugo suits up from him and bringing them back, and buying the suits you recommended from Suit Supply instead. On a 2k budget i can get just about twice the amount of suits, give or take a couple of bucks. Good idea?
     


  13. ballmouse

    ballmouse Senior member

    Messages:
    1,117
    Likes Received:
    277
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    If you're having second thoughts about either the Hugo Boss or Hickey Freeman suits, I'd return them.
     


  14. newintown23

    newintown23 Senior member

    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    well, like i said... I like the Hugo suits but i know they are bashed on this forum alot for being fused and not really well made. So if i have the chance to return 2 hugo suits which i paid just about a grand for, plus 200 for alterations, your certainly making me think twice about my decision (which honestly was an impulsive one)...
    900 for a hugo suit plus 200 for alterations x 2 were at 2 grand... I can get 4 suits at Suit Supply which will be half canvassed and just as good if not better quality... Seems like the better decision.
    Wouldnt you agree?
     


  15. marblehouse

    marblehouse Senior member

    Messages:
    1,708
    Likes Received:
    533
    Joined:
    May 17, 2009
    Location:
    never odd or even
    

    Return the suits. If you think you might regret it now, it will be way worse later.

    If you have time you can do much better on eBay/B&S/other online retailers.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by