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Toronto Suit Deals

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheBoss, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Verso

    Verso Well-Known Member

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    See my post earlier in this thread from October 7, 2006 on Thornhill Tailors.
    I didn't realize until I read this that I was replying to an eighteen month old post. [​IMG]
     
  2. Donald

    Donald Active Member

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    did you like the fit and style? What kind of suit was it? 2 button roped shoulders , flat front tapered pants?
     
  3. imstr8trippin

    imstr8trippin Well-Known Member

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    nobody mentioned tom's place in kensington??? not worth the trip? ive heard some good things.
     
  4. gj555

    gj555 Senior member

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    did you like the fit and style? What kind of suit was it? 2 button roped shoulders , flat front tapered pants?

    Business conservative suit. 3 button. 1 pleat trousers.

    The quarters on the suit are way too closed. Sleeves also were too wide at the cuffs (this was fixed). Fusing below the second button. Tailor initially forgot that I had asked for sewn lapels (did a quick fix and you could tell).

    Pants fit perfectly and look great. I purchased 2 pair of pants and they were very good price.
     
  5. Recoil

    Recoil Senior member

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    I don't want to seem too patronizing, but Off the Cuff is definitely NOT a thrift store. I believe it works on consignment, but not sure how much it takes off the top... It is resale though, and the condition and selection is not bad if you're average build - I'm a 36, so there was little there for me the one time I went.

    As for price, its not cheap at all - I saw a Brooks Bros. broadcloth shirt (80s I think) in my size for $50 - outrageous! Suits start at $250 IIRC for fused but decent Italian, go up to past $800 for half-canvassed Italian... you might be able to find something nice, but for the money you're better off gambling on EBay or something similar online and returning if you're not happy, IMO. Some of the other casual stuff might be a better value.

    Lee, the proprietor (owner? employee?) was patient though. He also offered me 10% off my purchase (coupon) when he saw I was vacillating because of the prices. It's probably worth asking him for a first-time shopper coupon too if you're there.

    Too bad the ExToggery on Merton St. just south of Davisville Subway closed, it sometimes had nice stuff. Thrifting in TO. is pretty bad, as I'm lazy to hit up the Goodwills and Salvation Armies... or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places?

    Oh, also, Broadway is just a few blocks north of Eglinton, not halfway to Lawrence. Halfway to Lawrence on the west side is the Australian Boot Co. where I tried on my RM Williams Craftsman last year!

    Cheers.


    I have been to OTC and I can agree with your assessment completely. The store does not sell on consignment, they have big sings that say they buy clothes. The prices SHOCKED me considering all the clothing was used. Also, there was nothing in the way of my size, in either shirts or suits. The few things they did have in 38/15 were pretty bad. I'm sure they have the potential to get nice things in, I've just never seen it in there before, and with the prices the way they are, $150 for a Loro Piana shirt, I could pay a few bucks more and get one brand new on sale at Holts, which is also overpriced to begin with.
     
  6. doink

    doink Senior member

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    nobody mentioned tom's place in kensington??? not worth the trip? ive heard some good things.


    it is hit and miss and you have to go often to see what is in.

    prices are negotiable, depending on how much you plan on buying and how good of haggler you are.
     
  7. simplytailored

    simplytailored New Member

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    Just to add - I'm a young professional who doesn't have a lot of time to go shop around for clothing. There is another hidden gem in the downtown business district. The store is called Fifth on King and they made my most recent business suit - she's a beaut, midnite navy. A lot of of the sartorial details such as functional cuffs, free floating canvass, hand stitched button holds, boat-shaped welt pockets and the list goes on. The staff there was patient and very knowledable. I'm planning to purchase my next "staples" suits here because their prices only start at $700! I was very impressed that were is a store that offers such good value.

    There website is www.sprezzatura.ca
     
  8. aragon765

    aragon765 Senior member

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    Just to add - I'm a young professional who doesn't have a lot of time to go shop around for clothing. There is another hidden gem in the downtown business district. The store is called Fifth on King and they made my most recent business suit - she's a beaut, midnite navy. A lot of of the sartorial details such as functional cuffs, free floating canvass, hand stitched button holds, boat-shaped welt pockets and the list goes on. The staff there was patient and very knowledable. I'm planning to purchase my next "staples" suits here because their prices only start at $700! I was very impressed that were is a store that offers such good value.

    There website is www.sprezzatura.ca


    Made? Or measured and outsourced to an obscure offshore production facility?

    any pictures of your suit? your language sounds a little [​IMG] -y to tell you the truth... but I am interested in the product, if legit!
     
  9. StylingUK

    StylingUK Senior member

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    Any idea where to find decent OTR suits in Toronto around Christmas time? I heard Bay have alot to choose from but I have no idea about the prices. A Marks & Spencer Autograph suit in the UK costs around £200 (including tax) which is around $400 Cdn. Will $400Cdn get a better suit than M&S in Toronto during the Christmas sales time?
     
  10. TorontoEX

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    These are great information. I am in the market for 2 suits right now.
     
  11. theguystylist

    theguystylist New Member

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    I don't want to seem too patronizing, but Off the Cuff is definitely NOT a thrift store. I believe it works on consignment, but not sure how much it takes off the top... It is resale though, and the condition and selection is not bad if you're average build - I'm a 36, so there was little there for me the one time I went.

    As for price, its not cheap at all - I saw a Brooks Bros. broadcloth shirt (80s I think) in my size for $50 - outrageous! Suits start at $250 IIRC for fused but decent Italian, go up to past $800 for half-canvassed Italian... you might be able to find something nice, but for the money you're better off gambling on EBay or something similar online and returning if you're not happy, IMO. Some of the other casual stuff might be a better value.

    Lee, the proprietor (owner? employee?) was patient though. He also offered me 10% off my purchase (coupon) when he saw I was vacillating because of the prices. It's probably worth asking him for a first-time shopper coupon too if you're there.

    Too bad the ExToggery on Merton St. just south of Davisville Subway closed, it sometimes had nice stuff. Thrifting in TO. is pretty bad, as I'm lazy to hit up the Goodwills and Salvation Armies... or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places?

    Oh, also, Broadway is just a few blocks north of Eglinton, not halfway to Lawrence. Halfway to Lawrence on the west side is the Australian Boot Co. where I tried on my RM Williams Craftsman last year!

    Cheers.



    Heyo,

    It's Lee here - owner of Off The Cuff Resale Designer Menswear in Toronto. Just wanted to address some of the comments made.

    1) The OP is correct - Off The Cuff is not a thrift store. At our shop, you never need to spend hours sifting through junk to find that diamond in the rough. But you could spend hours sifting through all the diamonds!

    2) The prices above are no longer in effect, and haven't been for about 2 years. For example, there is no suit in the store over $550 dollars, new or used. This means you could buy a *current-and-in-style* Prada or Kiton or Brioni or Etro or Jay Kos (custom from NYC) or whatever... for that price. Hugo Boss, Armani, etc, sell for about $400-$450. Plus, we often have a bin of ties for $20 bucks each/3 for $50. In this bin on any given day, you might find fabulous ties by Zegna, Borelli, Cucinelli, Pal Zileri, Hermes, Boss, Armani, and tons more...

    Thanks,
    Lee @ Off The Cuff
     
  12. theguystylist

    theguystylist New Member

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    I have been to OTC and I can agree with your assessment completely. The store does not sell on consignment, they have big sings that say they buy clothes. The prices SHOCKED me considering all the clothing was used. Also, there was nothing in the way of my size, in either shirts or suits. The few things they did have in 38/15 were pretty bad. I'm sure they have the potential to get nice things in, I've just never seen it in there before, and with the prices the way they are, $150 for a Loro Piana shirt, I could pay a few bucks more and get one brand new on sale at Holts, which is also overpriced to begin with.
    It's Lee, owner of Off The Cuff Resale Designer Menswear here...

    Re the second post:

    Please, get your facts straight--Off The Cuff is a consignment store. As well, our prices have been lowered considerably. Please see the response to the other longer post about my store further along in this thread.

    Thanks,
    Lee @ Off The Cuff

    www.offthecuff.ca
     
  13. theguystylist

    theguystylist New Member

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    Heyo,

    It's Lee here - owner of Off The Cuff Resale Designer Menswear in Toronto. Just wanted to address some of the comments made.

    1) The OP is correct - Off The Cuff is not a thrift store. At our shop, you never need to spend hours sifting through junk to find that diamond in the rough. But you could spend hours sifting through all the diamonds!

    2) The prices above are no longer in effect, and haven't been for about 2 years. For example, there is no suit in the store over $550 dollars, new or used. This means you could buy a *current-and-in-style* Prada or Kiton or Brioni or Etro or Jay Kos (custom from NYC) or whatever... for that price. Hugo Boss, Armani, etc, sell for about $400-$450. Plus, we often have a bin of ties for $20 bucks each/3 for $50. In this bin on any given day, you might find fabulous ties by Zegna, Borelli, Cucinelli, Pal Zileri, Hermes, Boss, Armani, and tons more...

    Thanks,
    Lee @ Off The Cuff
     

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