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

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  1. newintown23

    newintown23 Senior member

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    $300 for shoes is fine. Thank you for the suggestion
     


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    Of course you can always remember the model/size and try to shop online after browsing the store. I think C&J and Alden are closer to $450 with AE closer to $300.

     


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    newintown23 Senior member

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    Yes. Good idea. I was looking at the AE shoes. They are very nice... I hope i catch my tailor in time to return these hugo suits haha. Now its haunting me :)... I was looking on ebay for the AE shoes. Not much of a break there. There are all in the same ballpark price, give or take a few here and there.

    I like the double windsor knot, and have a 17 inch neck and im 5'10 and im having a hard time getting a fat knot. Would you suggest an extra long tie? Also any good places you suggest getting accessories such as ties and cuff links?

    Once again... Thank you for your input
     


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    I would return the Boss suits, you can get Jam Sharp Boss suits at Cladmen.com for less than $300, if they still have your size. If you really liked the Boss model, that is. Otherwise there is a lot you can do with $2000 in the suit world.

    Regarding HF suits, I believe they have different labels, not sure what construction differences they have...
     


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    newintown23 Senior member

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    what a great site. I saved it to my favorites. Thank you! I dont see the Jam sharp... Only the James. Im not sure what the difference is, but more importantly i see your point. The tailor already pinned the suits and chalked them. I should be able to get rid of that pretty easy without the dept store which i purchased them from noticing right?
     


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    Keep the Hickey, ditch the Boss stuff. If you are near Suit Supply in NYC definitely head there and spend a couple hours trying on their various fits.
     


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    Chalk should rub out pretty easily.

    And regarding the double windsor, there could be a multitude of problems. Your ties could be too thick. They could be too short. Or your shirt collars could be too narrow so the tie doesn't fit. Now, you haven't really specified why the knot isn't working, so you might want to consider all 3.
     


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    The website closes at end of month, it's pretty much their closing sale. Code: FEBFAMILY, gets you 25% off on top. They are not good with descriptions, but the one I bought with the lapel needle stitching was a jam Sharp model. In any case, enjoy looking at new suits and shoes. SF is a great resource for information.
     


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    you guys are great and i cant thank you enough for your input. I have learned SO much on this site in the last couple of weeks. I am very thankful i came across it and all your input. Cheers

    PS- Ditching the Boss, keeping the Hickeys & heading to Suit Supply which is about an hour and 15 away from me but tomorrow im off. :)
    Ill also check out some AE shoes while im in the city. Feel free to throw out some good places for shoes while im there in the 300 range. Thanks again guys
     


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    Another question just came to mind... I have a great tailor here on Long Island but i dont think hes the cheapest but he does nice work.
    All the suits i brought him in the last few days (2 hickey, 2 boss) all needed decent adjustments. Per suit it worked out to be just about 200.
    This included hemmed pants, taking them in a little, and doing some work to the jacket (a good amount)... Is this nuts of me to be spending this kind of money for an OTR suit? or should i just opt for a MTM? I guess that would depend on what i purchased the suit at as well right?
    I dont mind spending the money on the hickeys which i got for 500 each, but i think we are all in a mutual agreement that spending 1k on a hugo suit plus 200 on a tailor is insane... What are some rules of thumb in this department?
     


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    It's hard to find a tailor you trust, but $200 per suit for alterations is pretty steep. I would say inquire about alterations at the next shop you go to, sometimes they are free when you buy a suit. You should also post fit pics of how the suit fits after your tailor is done with the HF suits.
     


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    ok, ill do that. Yea i feel the 200 is pretty steep as well but was always reluctant to let the tailors from the store do them. You think i should opt for the tailor at suit supply rather than bring them to my own tailor? Maybe i was buying suits that i thought fit me well, but really didnt. Im pretty sure my tailor was taking the sleeves off my my hickey suit? he was saying its a big job. But like i said, i got them for 200. Ill def post the pics of the finished product for you all to critique.
     


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    You know what, you can even post pics of the suit you end up getting, off the rack before alterations. You might not need so much work on them, or you might be sizing yourself incorrectly. Post lots of pics, front, back, side, standing straight. Look forward to seeing what you get.
     


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    Incase you're wondering, the Suitsupply in NYC has a tailor on site. She does nothing but Suitsupply suits all day long. I'd trust her to do something she does repeatedly, before I bring it to anyone else. She did a great job on my two suits and turned them around in 1 hour.

    And as someone else has mentioned $200 is steep for a tailor to take in a new suit. The most I've ever spent is $100 and this from an expert suit maker for hemming, waist, and slim jacket as well as sleeves. But if your tailor is shortening sleeves at the shoulder I guess it would cost more
     


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    I'm heading there now. Thanks for the advise. I will let you all know how I make out.
     


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