Anonymous asked: Notice you have at least a couple suits from Thick as Thieves. I've been wavering over whether to do the online MTM thing. I'm ready to take the leap (and happen also to be trying to dress well, or at least not miserably and within my means, in the Bay Area). The photos you've posted of your PoW suit are fetching and I wonder what suit format--house or traditional--you chose. Any other specifics you might share in ordering from Jason? My thanks--Dan
I’ve been grappling with whether or not to post anything about my Thick as Thieves suits. Here’s the jist of it: I own two Thick as Thieves suits from a couple years ago (one was a gift, one was my own purchase). I have mixed feelings about them. I would hesitate to recommend them to most people.
Both of my suits needed extensive alterations after I got them. This isn’t unexpected at all but it can be frustrating if you’re really buying into the “made-to-measure = perfect” idea, which is most definitely not true (that goes for all MTM companies, not just this one). At the end of the day, though, I think suits are just too complicated to be a blind MTM item. Shirts? Sure. Suits, however, are just too involved to be relayed over emails and online forms. After alterations my suits were OK but they lacked a real “silhouette;” I spent hours perfecting all my measurements (like a true engineer, I took a series of measurements from different sources, and continued taking them until they all had a standard deviation of less than .25”) but when I actually wore my suit it seemed to be missing a cohesiveness that comes from looking at the product as a whole, not just examining a couple dozen measurements. Again, this is a risk for all blind MTM and not just Thick as Thieves.
I did like that I was able to work with Jason directly, giving the process a human element. However, he is a busy guy and I could tell that he was not as invested in my suit as I was. I was also disappointed with some of the fabric. For instance, my midnight navy mohair suit was a vast improvement on my first and overall I think it turned out pretty well. However, I began to notice that after not too long it began to look like it was covered in cat hair or something. Since I don’t own a cat I took a closer look and was saddened to see that the fibers were coming out of the fabric itself – it was dissolving before my eyes.
If you are a hard size to fit (preferably small, since that would fit into Thick as Thieves’ aesthetic) and like the styling that the suits come with (cropped, narrow lapels, etc) then it could be a good option, especially if you get measured in person. If you’re just looking for a reasonably priced suit and are being lured by the promise of “perfection” and “customization” then I would pass. If I were going to buy a $450-500 suit tomorrow I would buy Suitsupply without hesitation. Hopefully that helps. I don’t like being negative about products but that was my experience. I don’t have anything against Jason or what he’s doing, but his product isn’t really for me.
Anonymous asked: Hi, Can you give me some recommendations on suit brands? My budget is around 800. Many thanks!
Suitsupply has lots of great options in the $450-800 range. Their site has good sizing information but if you have any other questions about them I would direct them toward Timo, our resident Suitsupply expert. Brooks Brothers is a good option as well; right now they are having their friends and family sale (25% off), so many suits (like their 1818 line, which are made in the USA or Italy) are around that pricepoint as well. I’ve heard good things about the eHaberdasher Benjamin suit but don’t know too much about it. Depending on your size, you could probably find some good stuff on ebay but that requires patience and a good understanding of your own measurements, so it’s probably not the best move for a first suit. Depending on where you live, there might be a local made-to-measure program that does good work. In San Francisco there’s Spoon Tailor and Beckett and Robb; I don’t own either of their suits but I’ve seen them on others and they look great. Good luck!
Anonymous asked: "jeans" in the search bar seriously yields nothing!? c'mon son, i want to hear what you have to say. thanks.
It’s true - I haven’t devoted much time to denim here, even though I live in one of the denim centers of the US, if not the world. I don’t wear jeans as much as I used to and I haven’t had much to say about it yet. However, your question comes at a good time. You can expect several posts about denim over the next few days, starting with some interesting news tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.