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Tip Top Tailors a good option?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by StarterForm, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. StarterForm

    StarterForm Member

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    I am bulking up, so my current clothes won't fit well in the coming months.

    I want to look "professional" without dropping large amounts of money on MTM clothing.

    Is Tip Top Tailors a good option for relatively inexpensive clothes that still maintain a professional look?
     


  2. Birks and Grey Socks

    Birks and Grey Socks Senior member

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    I would say no. The suits are all poor fitting fused starter suits. I assume you are in Canada is you are mentioning Tip Top. Most of their suits are $400-500 for department store crap.

    Also, if you are bulking up, you will find that your traps will make your shoulders slope even more and you may need something with a very soft and tailored shoulder. Otherwise you will get the dreaded side shoulder dimples.

    For $500 budget on suits, I'd recommend Suitsupply. Painless return policy. If you want another cheap option, fly to NYC and go nuts at Century21. You'll probably save enough to pay for the airfare. If you are in the GTA area, go to the Harry Rosen outlet.

    OTOH, if you shop at Tip Top, you will fit right in with 95% of the Canadian office drones.
     


  3. StarterForm

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    Thanks for the tips.

    Yes, I am in Canada (~2 hours from the GTA).

    For jackets, I am thinking of just using ebay for secondhand jackets.

    Where would you suggest I go for trousers and shirts? Suitsupply?
     


  4. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Well-Known Member

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    I'll echo Birks and Grey Socks, and add that you take a peek at Gotstyle at Bathurst and Wellington. Their lower end stuff is in a similar price range to Tip Top. It may not be a whole lot better in terms of quality, but they have a variety of lines that fit a variety of body types. I assume the cheaper stuff is all fused, but Im not certain. You might get lucky with something there for about $600

    Harry Rosen outlet is good. Holt Renfrew Last Call always has pile of "Holt Renfrew" labeled suits (I presume made by Coppley?) in the Tip Top price range.

    Off The Cuff is a resale store near Yonge and Eglinton. Selection can be hit or miss, but the prices aren't too bad. Worth a look.
     


  5. StarterForm

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    Much appreciated Coronaeus.I am about 6'1". Will I have difficulty finding my size at these places?While I am in Torontp, I wouldn't mind finding some decent weekender shoes (ex. Allen Edmonds). Are there any good discount places in Toronto for good quality shoes.
     
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  6. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    I'd recommend Hitch and Supply on Ebay. He sells Allen Edmond seconds for a fraction of the retail. I got a pair of McCortland cap toe dress shoes for a $120 (retails for over 300). There was slight damage on one of the shoes that's not noticeable when worn.

    For suits, check out the Hugo Boss outlet at Vaughn Mills. They sometimes sell Boss suits for $200. Usually in the $500 range though.

    Boss is fused too, but they look way better than the department store stuff.
     


  7. Pharaoh34

    Pharaoh34 Well-Known Member

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    Do you have Hitch's ebay link? I can't find it on Ebay.
     
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  8. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Well-Known Member

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    You should have no trouble at Gotstyle. If you visit their website, you can watch a tedious video made by the owner in which she describes the various suit offerings and notes the body type they flatter. Again, tedious, but informative if you want to try to source the same brands from cheaper outlets. I've found Harry Rosen Outlet and Holt Renfrew Last Call very hit or miss with sizes (I'm a 42R). They always seem to have something in my size though, and I have seen a lot of 42L and 44L.

    The Hugo Boss Outlet at Vaughn Mills no longer exists ( I believe?) but you can check for yourself if you visit HRLC.

    I know of no good places in Toronto to buy quality shoes at a discount. If you know your size in AE, then the web is your best bet.
     


  9. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    Sorry, it's hitch n' post. Link below.

    http://stores.ebay.com/The-Hitch-N-Post

    I'm in Canada too, and the shipping is always reasonable. And don't be afraid to make him an offer on items as well.
     


  10. yeungjai

    yeungjai Senior member

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    Hugo Boss was there during Boxing Day this past year, but if they've wrapped up in the last 3 months, that's news to me.

    One thing we should mention is that Fit > Construction. It won't matter if your suit's canvas is made from unicorn hair if it doesn't look like you pulled it from your own closet.
     


  11. Average Shopper

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    Talking about Tip Top......I agree with Birks.

    Well, allow me to tell you what happened to me at Tip Top Tailors.

    I went to purchase $500 Stonehouse suite from Tip Top. Looked good and should have been a smooth purchase. Boy, was I wrong. Two weeks and six visits later the suite is still sitting in the store waiting to be altered properly. In fact, their in house tailor butchered the suite. I had wrinkles on my left upper back and my pants looked like it was altered to fit a 90lbs anorexic. I had pulls and folds in places that just did not make sense.

    After all that the manager wouldn't refund the money. gave me a the run around telling me it was not his call and he has to get in touch with his supervisor. I am furious. The manager continuously lied to me for two weeks about how they will be able to fix it. The other sales guys were too scared to say anything about the suite. The sales girl that sold the suite to me was fired two days after.

    Anyhow, I am wanted to put the word out there about Tip Top Tailors at Scarborough Town Center. Total scam artists and even though they are in the wrong they will never admit. Your better off buying from another company.

    It has been two weeks since this has happened and I am still waiting to hear about my refund. What kind of a business is this???

    I have already filed a complained through their site but no answer as yet. I have searched the site but cannot find the district managers or any corporate number to contact. If anyone reading this has any info regarding the corporate contact info please share....it would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     


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