The $500 Suit Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. JoeFromTexas

    JoeFromTexas Member

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    So I have a more specific question. I'm hard to fit in that I wear a 46R coat and a 44 Waist, which restricts me to buying separate off the rack (or going MTM) and I'm generally too big for alot of "designer" suits. I actually used to wear a 54R, but I've lost a lot of weight and am still dropping. But until I hit my target weight, I still need at least one decent suit, but I don't want to spend too much on something that I'm actively trying to make too big for me. More than the fact one should have a "go-to" suit, I'll interview for jobs soon, though most won't warrant a suit for interview (academic positions), some will (if I decide to pursue industrial positions). Any suggestions would be helpful. Any experience with Elite MTM would also help (as would any thoughts on Modern Tailor or Indochino, which seems to be very hit and MISS).
     


  2. doctorman

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    just to be sure - your coat size right now is 46R and your waist is 44? in this case, MTM/bespoke is your only way to go. i do not have any first-hand experience with any MTM companies but i have heard good things about my.suit, which is located in new york.
     


  3. JoeFromTexas

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  4. JoeFromTexas

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    yes, 46R coat and 44 Waist. I'm in Texas now (though I used to be in NYC)
     


  5. doctorman

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    Quote: i love the novel idea of this thread and i think $500 is a good cut-off point to make the discussion challenging.

    but please correct me if i'm wrong - one cannot find a suitsupply suit for under $500 after tax and basic tailoring, and suitsupply is never on-sale. and one cannot find a benjamin suit under $500 either after tax and tailoring. RLBL and other luxury line is really out of reach unless you run into a sample sale.

    the only reasonable one mentioned above is charles tyrwhitt since they're constantly on sale. the other item i could think of is jack victor - half canvassed and made in canada. but the jack vicor i handled had a stiff quality but they could be had easily at around $300.

    i recently got a black fleece for $480. but after tax and tailoring, it came up to about $560. and last time i checked, there were dozens of them available at local century 21. i'd really like to hear what fellow SF'ers have to say about best suits under $500.
     


  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Just looked. Plenty of Suit Supply suits at $469. I don't know if that comes with tailoring if you buy in-store. But then if you're buying online you're not paying sales tax. For the purposes of this thread, price will be exclusive of tax, which varies state to state and for now is zero on Internet purchases, and tailoring costs, which will also very place to place and person to person.
     


  7. doctorman

    doctorman Senior member

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    tailoring is additional even if you buy in-store. for an average person, it'll run about 60-80 bucks. i think many people would agree (for the purpose of this thread) to leave the tax out of it. we can also decide to leave tailoring out of it as well to simplify things. buyers ought to be aware that the true price is usually a bit higher than what we discuss here. either way, like i said, the $500 cut-off is a very good number to generate a good discussion.
     


  8. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I agree, it's important for buyers to be aware of all costs. I'll edit the OP.
     


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    Suit Supply is opening a store in Seattle? [​IMG]
     


  10. kulata

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    TM Lewin
    B&M stores: UK cities
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    Marks and Spencer
    B&M stores: UK cities
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    Style: There are several cuts, but generally british styling
    Construction: Fused and Half Canvassed
     


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    I have seen Martin Greenfield suits on Gilt for around $699. Do you guys think that might be a good value?
    Any opinions about the Greenfield brand?
     


  12. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Hickey Freeman (diffusion) and Hickey
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    Almost always under $500. There are several on sale right now on MyHabit.
     


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    I love this thread :)
     


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