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SPIER & MACKAY - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by spiermackay, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. losrockets

    losrockets Senior member

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    Love the attention to detail and excellent customer service I've recieved at S&M. This company gets the bulk of my clothing budget and continues to impress and improve, and I've only stuck with the OTR offerings to date! Thanks for doing such a great job Rick!
     
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  2. scatterbrain

    scatterbrain Senior member

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    I suggest you do a grand opening that a) makes the most of your surroundings, and b) capitalizes on your knowledge of cloth.

    Book a private room at either Mercatto or Teronni on a Thursday night. Invite SF-ers and loyal Toronto customers. S&M buys the first round of drinks, but we pay for our own meals. You (Rick) can lecture us about cloth while we eat, providing swatches that illustrate what you're talking about. After the meal, we go back to S&M's new location and spend $$$.

    This would build brand loyalty in that you can show how into the product you are. It emphasizes the convenience of new location and takes us there. We get to learn about fabrics (I'm always up for learning something).

    You could even time the discussion with the courses:
    Drinks - basic properties of different types of materials - good cotton, cheap cotton, treated cotton, linen, blends, etc.
    Appetizers - different weaves and characteristics of those weaves; what makes something translucent, wear warm or hot, or wrinkle more?
    Mains - Application of the above; show various products that illustrate your point. Show styling working with the properties of the materials chosen. And, examples of styling not working with the materials chosen.
    Coffee/Dessert - Discussion of forthcoming products; opportunity for you to informally poll people on what they want to see.

    I'm not sure if other people would find this as interesting as I would...
     
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  3. aglose

    aglose Senior member

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    I would be interested to hear this, but since I am based in the US, you guys should record it, if possible and put it up on your website or something. Not sure if that would be an intellectual property thing or not, but you could always password protect it or something if you wanted to. That would be an incredibly cool event though!
     
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  4. Spex

    Spex Senior member

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    I honestly find the above suggestion slightly bizarre (spend money renting a room/buying drinks for a room full of noobs who may or may not really end up spending much $ at your store), but to each their own. If it was some sort of "client appreciation" event, then it would be nice, but the invite should go to those in the GTA who have spent a certain amount at S&M. I've probably spent less than $1000, so you probably wouldn't want to bother inviting people like me, but those that have bought multiple suits, dozens of shirts, etc.

    Having some sort of materials or workshops in your store that teach your customers about your product...now that's something I've thought would be a good idea for a long time.

    PS: I use the term "noobs" above, since many of us have a knowledge of different fabrics/materials, and wouldn't necessary need this type of intro lesson.
     
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  5. nickrut

    nickrut Senior member

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    Most grand openings I've seen are at the actual store and involve finger foods and drinks. Goal is to get people into the store. Hard to sell things at a remote location.
     
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  6. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I don't really understand people who can't look up basic stuff (like properties of various shirting clothes) on the internet. If only there was a forum designed for talking about that sort of thing :foo:
     
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  7. Spex

    Spex Senior member

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    We should jump on this idea and develop it. We'll call it FabricForum (or FabFor, for short), or AskAndrewClothingQuestions, or something along these lines.

    On a more S&M related note, I wore my light grey polo under a navy cardigan yesterday and the shirt collar looked amazing. Next year I'd like to see some in forest green, copper/rust and dark brown.
     
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  8. An Acute Style

    An Acute Style Senior member

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    Pics of my new shirts including the white and blue linen. The collar roll on the blue linen seems very different than the collar on the white linen. Love the collar on this purple bengal stripe. I mentioned a lot of extra fabric at the back of the armpits on my shirts. Here's a pic.

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  9. spiermackay

    spiermackay Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    The linen looks fresh out of the pack. Give them a good wash and press and the collars should settle down nicely. They get squished a bit in shipping, and the unfused interlining doesn't behave the same way as the fusible one does. It's softer and needs a little extra care, but it's really the best option for the linen.
     
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  10. thefastlife

    thefastlife Senior member

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    so the measurements of one of my better fitting shirts are approx:

    Chest: 22"
    Neck: 16.5"
    Sleeve: 35"
    Length: 32"

    going by the OTR sizing, it doesn't seem like any of the shirts are in my wheelhouse without taking them to a tailor

    SUPERRR bummed as i really wanted to try you guys out without having to drop $15-20 extra to get them a bit tighter
     
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    An Acute Style Senior member

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    I ironed the collars a bit when I got them, but not the rest of the shirt. Will wash and report back.
     
  12. spiermackay

    spiermackay Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    What OTR brands do you regularly wear?

    Please do. We always need to rely on field tests.
     
  13. thefastlife

    thefastlife Senior member

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    it's tough for me to find OTR shirts that fit "perfectly" but the slim fit Hyde Park OCBD comes close in 16.5x35
     
  14. CanadaCal

    CanadaCal Senior member

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    Just wanted to share my newly acquired custom SC from S&M. Fabric is 270 gms Guabello S-130 94% wool 6% silk. Good weight, super smooth hand.

    Unpadded Shoulders
    2 Button
    9 cm lapel
    1 cm raised gorge
    Flap pockets, welt chest
    Brown horn
    Working cuffs

    Will try to get some fit pics on its maiden voyage Friday. Hanger is too large for my shoulders, just for picture purposes so the drape isn't ideal on the sleeves/sleevehead.

    Very pleased with it, won't be my last, and if you are local you need to see the Gladson books in shop now. Summer Jacketing book is so sweet.

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  15. gs77

    gs77 Senior member

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    ^ Sweet looking stuff.

    So, Portofino summer blends are in? What is the ballpark price for Portofino sports coat?
     
  16. JT-PFT

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    Can you post the store hours? Also, I hope you will be open some evenings...
     
  17. spiermackay

    spiermackay Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Gentleman,

    I am very proud to announce the new downtown Toronto shop will be up and running tomorrow morning at 10 am!

    Keep in mind there are still a bunch of small things still to complete, but we will be open for business. Our full line up of suits, shirts, ties as well as the complete custom selection will be available.

    Hope to see some of you guys there. Just drop in and say hi.

    We'll be open from 10 am - 7 pm.
    20 Toronto St.
    2 blocks east of Yonge, just north of King St.

    This is a really big step for us and an incredibly exciting time for everyone at SPIER & MACKAY.

    Best Regards,
    Rick Khanna
     
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  18. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    ^^^^ Most excellent.
     
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  19. Ebichuman

    Ebichuman Senior member

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    Excellent news, Rick! Congratulations and best of luck. I will stop by soon. And I'll keep bugging you to get some nice non iron shirting fabrics :slayer:
     
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  20. MrGimpy

    MrGimpy Senior member

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    Some of us downtown elite types have been waiting a long time for this. :)

    See you in the shop tomorrow.
     
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