# Where to buy a SUIT

#### MRoss

I would rather not hijack Ellen's thread so I am posting this here. I currently own 6 suits but all of them were clearly misfitted and are not very professional looking.

#### MRoss

Several things:
1) Who says Joe Bank is bad? The salespeople are not nearly as attentive as those at BB, but I can assure you that their suits are worn by many senior people at major firms.

#### amanda.jayne

Could be worth it to check out Saks/Bloomingdales/Macys (or Boss, Theory, etc) suit departments to try on several makes and models - find what works best and then wait for the sales or local sample sales, online deals or head up to Woodbury for the day (theres a bus that runs hourly from Port Authority).

SA's will often let you know if a sale/presale/point day is coming up and if you're lucky to be an off-size, supply can be plentiful. Picking up their credit card on a big purchase on one of said says can also typically get you another 15-25% off. (little known fact: out of state(NY)/country ID will also get you a discount at the 34th st Macys - you just need to ask for it)

One caveat to Woodbury: much of their brooks brothers and banana republic outlet inventory (but not all) is made specifically for the outlet and slightly different in style, material and quality from their flagships - that said, there are still some good finds there. I've noticed this issue less with off Fifth, Thomas Pink, Boss, Theory and Burberry - they tend to carry more overstock.

Thomas Pink and Charles Thyrwhitt, if they work for you, also have great sales a few times a year - though their bread and butter are shirts.

Also, don't completely rule out the custom route. Sometimes these aren't as expensive as you might think.

(once upon a time, I used to cover retail/women's fashion securities and am still on a gazillion mailing lists... I suppose it has it's perks )

#### Mike_B

You also might note that you don't need to buy 4,5,however many suits at Joseph A Banks to get the promotional price. You can probably buy just one or two + shirt and tie an still get a promotional price deal. Just negotiate.

#### MRoss

OK, taking everyone's advice into consideration I set out this morning and made my purchase. Here is how my day went.

Stop #1: Brooks Brothers, 45th Madison. I walked in and was directed to the fifth floor. An older gentleman was about to show me some suits when I warned him that my price limit was ~$500. He told me that he only has two polyester suits on sale for that price. So I left. Fun story. I was looking over a$1,100 suit and a customer ran over to me a whispered: "you can get that same suit at Woodbury Commons for $299. All of the surrounding employees heard and glared. Stop #2: Jos A Bank, 46th Madison. I was directed upstairs where I was introduced to the "Buy 1 get 2 free" sale. I told the saleswoman that I only needed one suit and was willing on paying more than 1/3 for the solo suit. She said "let me check our current sale online." She checked and sadly informed me that the absolute least I would be spending there would be$900 on their cheapest suit. So I left.

Stop #3: MySuit. The store is smack in between the other two. I nearly walked past it and then saw the banner. So I walked in. My immediate thought was that it was going to be out of my budget. I walked up to the counter and said "do you have suits in the ~$500 range? His response? "We don't sell suit; we make them." So it turns out that MySuit is a custom suit store. For ~$500 I got to pick my fabric, have two tailors measure every inch of my body and test on 10 different pants/jackets marking away ferociously with white chalk. After this whole ordeal they let me pick my lining, designs, buttons, etc. Every single detail was customizable. I'm even getting my initials inside .

So, based on Tom's advice I made the right move. I will be getting a charcoal conservative suit that fits me perfectly. I will now know what a good fit means.

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