Suitsupply NYC

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by musicguy, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. gratedwasabi

    gratedwasabi Member

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    I spent all of yesterday store hopping in downtown Seattle looking for a Charcoal suit for an awards event I have coming up.

    I visited Nordstrom's Flagship store, JCrew, Brook's Brothers and Suit Supply. I effectively told the sales associates I worked with that budget was not an issue and that I was focused purely on finding the best fitting charcoal suit.

    Nordstrom's kept trying to put me in Hugo Boss, which was awful, and finally had me try on some of the superior options (RLBL, etc..) which all failed to fit properly. Part of that is likely that the associate was, for lack of a better word, terrible and couldn't figure out how to fit my frame. I have very, very broad shoulders and a slim waist; 6'0, 180, 33-inch waist on pants.

    Brook's Brothers put me in some nice suits and I ended up having them hold an 1818 Fitz 42R. The pants and jacket needed a LOT of work and they really wanted to put shoulder pads in it.

    JCrew was weird service and nothing popped.

    Suit Supply immediately moved me to a 40R, then a 40L in their sizes. The 40L Napoli Charcoal with the white thread run through it (I have to appreciate that they put me in one of their cheapest suits despite saying I was looking more around $1,200) and it was a ridiculously good fit. I could have walked out the store with no tailoring and it would have looked very sharp. I hear the functioning buttonholes can be a problem for sleeve alterations but the sleeves were spot-absolutely-on for me in the long as was the actual length. The back needs to be tailored a bit as I have prominent shoulder blades and it creates a crease, but this suit had the least of it of all the suits I tried on.

    $499 for a half canvas that felt really nice quality, even compared to the much higher tagged BB/RLBL/HF/Canali stuff I tried. And just an awesome fit. I also appreciate the color of the charcoal, they nailed what I was looking for in an off-charcoal better than the BB Fitz (which was shadowed but just a touch too much for me.)

    Also by far the least judgmental sales staff. My friend and I were just wearing bargain-found dress for her and jeans/sweater for me; no expensive jewelry/watches/etc.. and we definitely got lowballed at Nordstrom's, BB was still aloof, JCrew was odd but the guys at Suitsupply just didn't care what we were wearing and they didn't try to sell me a more expensive suit than what fit best.

    I'm going back today to purchase and get it tailored, so I'll repost on here when I have more details on how the tailoring and actual wearing at the event goes.
     


  2. ShawnBC

    ShawnBC Senior member

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    Glad to hear you had a positive experience. Never walked in a Suit Supply store myself (closest is a 7 hours drive) but I've been pleased with e-mail communication and online customer service thus far.

    Good customer service can get you a long way. At least as much as a good product. and Suit Supply seems to offer both, which makes me appreciate what they're doing (not everyone can spend the dough on a Kiton, Brioni, Cesare Attolini or such high end brands).
     
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  3. ALange

    ALange Active Member

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    Has anyone had any experience with the La Spalla line at SS? I own two Napolis and have been very happy with the overall SS experience. Are the Fabrics, construction and fit worth the premium or am I better off taking my $999 else where?
     
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  4. p.henrik

    p.henrik Senior member

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    Any recent experience with suitsupplys MTM program? What choices are ther in the lower and upper priced option?
     


  5. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    The spalla is a nice cut, but I was a little concerned about the construction of one of the suits I tried on. The sleeve head wasn't attached properly, so one shoulder had a natural curve while the other was roped. Could have been a one-off though.
     


  6. coldsalmon

    coldsalmon Senior member

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    I think you're talking about the Napoli Faux Uni. I love that suit, it's very easy to look good while wearing it. I also agree with your assessment of the sales staff, very pleasant and helpful.
     


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    Would you mind sharing your other measurements (chest, arm length, etc)? Based on your description, it sounds like I'm built similar to you (6' 1'', 180, 33 waist, broad shoulders, athletic build). The Suit Supply "size advisor" recommended a Napoli 36R which is ridiculously small. I was considering a 38R or 38L, but your post has me rethinking this.
     


  8. MrTopCat

    MrTopCat Senior member

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    People on Styleforum are far too picky in that regard, and we aren't all rolling in tons of cash to spend on so many odd jackets and suits.

    I'd say go for it, I think it works, and yes, most people will not realise anyway.

    Although there are some factors which you should think about, such as the button colour, patch pockets, and the jacket's length, and most importantly, the fabric.
     


  9. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    I have a Jort which is now LaSpalla.

    Very nice silver grey nailhead fabric. You've got to like the shirring (pleats around the sleeve head) which is a stylistic nuance. Fits well, lots of what appears to be hand finished pick stitching and full canvas.

    But as the fella above alludes, fit is everything. If the fit of this works for you then the extra details will only enhance the look. If the fit is off and can't be easily remedied then your money is better spent on a Napoli or whichever other style fits your frame best.
     


  10. sansimeon

    sansimeon Senior member

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    Do SS usually keep short/long sizes of all jackets in stock in their stores or only the staple suits?

    Never been to a store but will be travelling through Houston soon and figured I could take the opportunity to try on a couple different cuts. I'm a 40L.
     


  11. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    They carry plenty of longs and shorts, at least in the nyc stores .
     


  12. hookem12387

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    Houston store has a meh selection of sizes
     


  13. patliean1

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    Of all the Suitsupplys I've been to which has been many, Houston was the least impressive.
     


  14. sacafotos

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    NYC SoHo (or LES?) was impressive.
     


  15. p.henrik

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    Heh, really? They carry both jort and la spalla as their premium fully canvassed options. Jort is more structured English tailoring with padded shoulders whereas la spalla has spalla camicia shoulders.
     


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