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Oxxford clothes discussion

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The_Foxx, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. FCS

    FCS Senior Member

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    Just digging up some old postings from this forum. Clarinetplayer, or anyone else who know the info, did this $3k+ price apply to MTM or bespoke suit?
     


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    The Oxxford I have ordered is bespoke. If you are considering such a purchase, know that it takes a good two months plus for the suit to be made.
     


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    It's for a bespoke 3-piece suit? That's not too bad, considering it's from Oxxford. That said, there's no way I could have it at this stage of my career. Just out of curiosity. Can I ask what fabric was the suit made of? And do you happen to know how much an equivalent MTM suit would cost?
     


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    I believe the fabric is a wool cashmere 130s.  (It has been months since I made the order.)  I don't know what an equivalent MTM would cost.  I can't afford this suit, either.  I gave up the vacation trip to the Rose Bowl (assuming that is where Michigan is playing) for the suit.  This will be a suit that I expect to wear until my last days on earth.
     


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    For that price I'd expect the suit to have the divine power to raise the deads back to life. Just wondering, did you make this suit in Chicago? If not, how did you do the fittings, etc?
     


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    I believe that Oxxford true custom is only available through Louis Boston(Bespoke-Est 2000) and maybe through the Oxxford Store in NYC, or if you're George W. Bush.  Do any of you know if the Oxxford Store offers true custom or if it's MTM?  I know that extra fittings are available through Oxxford's MTM program, but that they add to the cost.  In that regard Oxxford's MTM could be almost equivalent to custom. I contacted the Oxxford Store and asked that since I live very very close to Chicago if I could be measured at their factory and buy the suit through the Oxxford Store or through another Oxxford retailer, but they said no, they do not take measurements at the factory.
     


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    This will be a suit that I expect to wear until my last days on earth.
    For that price I'd expect the suit to have the divine power to raise the deads back to life. Just wondering, did you make this suit in Chicago? If not, how did you do the fittings, etc?
    Trust me, I am making many sacrifices in other areas to afford this suit--my Honda is going to last another 100,000, going to the library more often than to Border's Bookstore, and other measures. My closet only has a few of everything, but not overmuch of anything. I'd rather have fewer items of good quality clothing--which will last a long while--than a closet full of clothes that I do not wear. I tend to keep clothes a long time. I have a duffle coat that I've worn for nearly 20 years--it will outlast me. (Gloverall). I have four sweaters which I've had for years and they just go and on. I am frugal with shoes. I have four pairs of Allen Edmonds of which I take very good care. (And soon, a pair of A. Harris's Vass shoes.) So, yes, the Oxxford is an extravagence, but one for which I've made allowances. (And it might just bring the dead to life.) The Oxxford will bring my suit total to four. As for the measuring, the tailor made about a gazillion measurements, drawings, etc... There will be quite a few fittings and a shipping back to the factory for final touches.
     


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    Clarinetplayer, if you are outside Chicago, do they to ship the suit back and forth between the factory and the store for fitting purpose? And mind if I ask which store you ordered the suit from?

    Please let us know about the suit when you receive it. I hope it would be a true masterpiece in your wardrobe.
     


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    Yes, back and forth.

    The Claymore Shop in Birmingham, Michigan. A suburb, north of Detroit.

    The suit is supposed to be sent next week. But, it will be sent back to have the working button holes in the sleeves cut and have other small things done. (Patience is a virtue.)

    I might add, that I've gone this route because for many years I worn mostly Brooks Brothers suits--suits that are OK, but after a while, they show their age. You get what you pay for.
     


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    clarinetplayer, what style trouser did you choose for the suit? I'm not generally crazy about Oxxford's styling, but I really like their high-waisted trousers with the high curved notched back for wearing braces (and another detail I like is that they'll often place the front brace buttons inside the waistband, while the rear ones will be on the outside - no buttons pressing into your back when you sit down.) I saw a ready-made Oxxford tailcoat ensemble with the trousers cut just this way.

    Or then again, maybe you're not a braces kind of guy..........
     


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    I always wear braces. Â Yes, the trousers will be high waisted as you described with regular pleats (facing toward the fly.) Â Hadn't thought about having the rear buttons on the outside of the waistband. Â Interesting. Â I know that the brace buttons will be one of the last things done to the trousers. Â I will give this some thought. Â Thanks.
     


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    The traditional English style is for the braces buttons to be on the outside in the back and front/sides. Although Oxxford is an American company.
     


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    clarinetplayer - have you received your bespoke Oxxford yet?
     


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    It should arrive any day now.  I've tried it on to check final measurements.  It was sent back to Chicago to cut the sleeve button holes which cannot be done until the sleeve lengths are checked.  It fit perfectly.  The suit has a slight hourglass curve.  I couldn't believe how nice it looked.  Beautiful fabric.
     


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    How nice. I'm jealous. BTW, did you decide on rear brace buttons inside or outside the waistband? And is the rear waistband the typical Oxxford one-piece, with no waistband interlining?
     


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