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shopping for a suit in NYC

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sanmateo, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. sanmateo

    sanmateo Well-Known Member

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    I just discovered that my much beloved charcoal grey seize sur vingt suit -- off the rack, but fit me like it was made for me -- was completely destroyed by moths. Eventually, I'll get over the heartbreak.

    Anyway, now I have to replace it. I have about 1500 to spend and I live in Manhattan. I'm thinking about going back to 16 sur 20 because I like the clothes and I like James a lot. But I'm also considering other possibilities, like waiting for post-holiday sales or maybe getting a Borelli or an Attolini from Ian Daniels, since that's about my price range.

    For what it's worth, I'm a 40R and seem to fit well into RTW clothes.

    I'd be most grateful for any thoughts.
     


  2. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    If it's not extremely urgent, I would wait for the new year. You're an easy size and are looking for a staple fabric, so I don't think everything will be sold out by then. There will be a lot of fantastic clothes in your size and price range.
     


  3. sanmateo

    sanmateo Well-Known Member

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    hmm. I could certainly wait. Any thoughts about shops -- apart from the usual department store suspects, I mean...
     


  4. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    hmm, the departent store, Brooks Brothers, Polo (maybe a Purple Label will be in your price range)... all the usual suspects. I think department stores will probably have better sales than the individual boutiques, but I could be wrong.
     


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    rsp1 Senior member

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    Check out Barney's sale -- it's 30% off and 10% more off if you open a new account on a wide variety of suits -- zegna, battistoni, isaia, brioni and kiton. The Zegna's are around $1100 post-discount.
     


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    Go to the second floor of the mens department at Century 21 downtown (near the World Trade Center site). They have Brioni suits at ~$1,500 there most of the time, though not a huge selection.
     


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    Lint Brush Senior member

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    I like the Barneys rec, but I think your best bet is to go to the Saks January sale--you'll find Isaia, Cornelani, Hickey, Brant, maybe Brioni (probably not), Boss, Armani, Canali at significant markdowns.
     


  9. sanmateo

    sanmateo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I realize that this may be kind of off topic, but does anyone have any thoughts about the quality of say, one of those borrelli suits that theworldsfinest has vs. 16 sur 20?

    I've never bought a suit online before, and wondered if the savings and quality of what I could get outweighed the disadvantages of not being able to go down to the store and try things on.
     


  10. Settecento

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    For $1500 you could visit Patrick Young in the made-to-measure department at Paul Stuart and have virtually any suit made for you: you would have your choice of fabric and cut, and the fit would be virtually custom for someone 40R.

    I buy my fabrics in London at London Textile on Regent Street(ask for Mike) and then bring them to Patrick. He's made me three sportcoats in the English manner, a summer flyweight blazer with shell buttons from Tender Buttons, and a navy suit with bold silver stripes that is quite wonderful: great fit, great hand, very serious look. I prefer Holland & Sherry fabrics, but one of the sportcoats was made in Zegna cashmere.

    The only drawback is the wait, but we're talking about six weeks and the suit will probably last a decade if you keep it away from the moths.
     


  11. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Why not wait for WW Chan and get TWO suits? [​IMG]
     


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