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Topic # 115614 1-Apr-2013 20:53
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Hey guys,

Been wondering about getting a tailored suit. I'm bit of a odd body shape, so shop bought ones are ok, but not great. 

If you guys could provide advice on the subject it would be great. Currently I'm thinking it will be too expensive. 

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  Reply # 790309 1-Apr-2013 20:59
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I got a Ben Lucas tailored suit on grabone for $400. The first one was rubbish (shiny and poor sizing) but they made a new one and it was better. It cost $200 locally to have it tweaked to fit me. The suit I got from Working Style and altered fits just as well though, and looks a bit better.

There are any number of tailors on the net who will create a suit based on measurements you send them. I'd just look for reviews first.




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  Reply # 790320 1-Apr-2013 21:13
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If you're flying through Thailand or hong kong any time soon then you might be able to get something cheaply made. Don't pick the cheapest fabrics though - a $100 suit from Thailand/Hong Kong is much the same as a $200-$300 suit here, just tailored.

You can also buy a expensive name-brand suit from macys (who now ship to NZ) in the USA in one of their massive sales, getting 70% off, and then spend a bit getting it tweaked here.




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  Reply # 790358 1-Apr-2013 22:24
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Definitely arrange a trip to Hong Kong sometime and get one (or more) made up. On your first trip they should make you up a suit in 2-3 days with multiple fitting sessions. Tailors will keep your size on file and ship you a new suit whenever you want one. Get some shirts made up too. They should be able to send you fabric samples by mail before you order from NZ. A tailored suit looks much more impressive than a more expensive NZ off-the-rack suit. If you walk down Nathan Road in Kowloon (Hong Kong), you won't be able to avoid people trying to sell you a tailored suit.

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Reply # 791870 2-Apr-2013 19:15
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Cheers, for the advice guys.

Going to have a better look at it now I have some more options.

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I had a suite made here: http://www.inter-milantailor.com/

The owners name is Pal, and I ended up with a very high quality suite landed here for around $350 NZ (this was back in 2011)

You need to haggle on price a little, and there are cheaper fabrics, but I chose a british cashmere blend fabric which was dearer.

Most amazing suit I have ever owned.

Oh and I did everything from NZ - never been to Thailand, just had a recommendation to get one made there by a friend that actually visited the store.

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My 2 cents on this is similar to above, just wherever you buy it from, expect to pay a little to have it tweaked locally to fit. I'm getting two jackets taken in a bit and each is costing around $60 to have this done. Some styles will lend themselves to tweaking more easily than others too.

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  Reply # 792128 3-Apr-2013 09:51
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Is it just to early in the morning or is there no "Choose this Fabric" button on that site like they say in the How to order section?




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  Reply # 792134 3-Apr-2013 09:59
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Beccara: Is it just to early in the morning or is there no "Choose this Fabric" button on that site like they say in the How to order section?


It's a bit hard to feel a fabric online. And sometimes the screen colours don't match up with what they eventually send you, mostly due to poor photography on their end and lack of colour screen calibration on the other end.

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  Reply # 792140 3-Apr-2013 10:05
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The website has always been poor.... I ended up entering my measurements via the website, then corresponding via email with Pal as to the fabric type colour etc etc, based on his advice and what I could see on the website.

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  Reply # 792149 3-Apr-2013 10:08
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I bought suits in Singapore and Hong Kong. I'd not buy again from HK, as the suits made in Singapore (Indian shops with Chinese Tailors) were FAR FAR superior to the stuff I got in HK, and were cheaper too. The fit and feel of the Singapore suits were in the league of their own. A client I work with a lot commented the suit looked better than the ones he pays 6K for here in NZ.

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  Reply # 792151 3-Apr-2013 10:10
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networkn: I bought suits in Singapore and Hong Kong. I'd not buy again from HK, as the suits made in Singapore (Indian shops with Chinese Tailors) were FAR FAR superior to the stuff I got in HK, and were cheaper too. The fit and feel of the Singapore suits were in the league of their own. A client I work with a lot commented the suit looked better than the ones he pays 6K for here in NZ.


Can you recommend a tailor?




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I would strongly advise against sending measurements to a new tailor and then hoping for the best. It is necessary to get measured up several times onsite. After that, just order online after they send you fabric samples. It's not much fun having to get a new suit altered in NZ after they send you an approximation of what you need. You may as well just order a suit from Farmers.

Build in a trip to a tailor on your next business trip or holiday. It's a bit expensive to make a special trip just to get measured up.

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DrCheese: I would strongly advise against sending measurements to a new tailor and then hoping for the best. It is necessary to get measured up several times onsite. After that, just order online after they send you fabric samples. It's not much fun having to get a new suit altered in NZ after they send you an approximation of what you need. You may as well just order a suit from Farmers.



My experience was flawless, as the measurements on the site I quoted above were extensive to say the least. The suit fits like a glove, and they have a free adjustment guarantee for life (yeh you would have to ship back to Thailand)

Once again, just my experience with them, so YMMV.

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DrCheese: I would strongly advise against sending measurements to a new tailor and then hoping for the best. It is necessary to get measured up several times onsite. After that, just order online after they send you fabric samples. It's not much fun having to get a new suit altered in NZ after they send you an approximation of what you need. You may as well just order a suit from Farmers.



My experience was flawless, as the measurements on the site I quoted above were extensive to say the least. The suit fits like a glove, and they have a free adjustment guarantee for life (yeh you would have to ship back to Thailand)

Once again, just my experience with them, so YMMV.


My experience was probably not as good as I bought my suit from Kong Kong rather than Singapore.

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  Reply # 792185 3-Apr-2013 11:05
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DrCheese:My experience was probably not as good as I bought my suit from Kong Kong rather than Singapore


Do you mean you bought your suit from Hong Kong or King Kong? King Kong probably wears quite large suits.




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