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Old 05-24-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm looking for a quality place where I can find a good assortment of styles (classic and/or contemporary), knowledgeable staff and quality tailoring. As I don't wear suits very often, I'm not really looking to spend a ton of cash.

I'd like to avoid Men's Wearhouse and their crew of aggressive used-car salesman(I've had some annoying experiences there), but I know that their pricing is reasonable.

I do have a couple of other suits that need adjusting, so any local tailors would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-24-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Downtown Austin
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I've bought two suits at Men's Warehouse in the past 15 years, and both times had a good experience. Last time was Nov 2008 at Barton Creek Mall.

They do try to upsell, and they lay out the matching shirts and ties, socks etc. That doesn't bother me because I actually like knowing what color combinations I should be considering.

I have a standard pitch I used when I walked in:

"I need a decent suit that I'll only wear 2 or 3 times a year to business functions or dinner parties, and funerals if needed. If my suit was a car, I don't need a lexus but want something better than a civic or Corolla. I want a Honda Accord or Toyota Camery type suit. Show me your best deals first, the ones on sale. I'm not going to spend more than $300".

Your script may vary depending on what you need, but I think if you are clear about your needs you'll get good service.

It's also helpful to do a bit of research and know what you want. Check out the mens clothing forums at Ask Andy.
ASK ANDY ABOUT CLOTHES

It's sort of like buying a car. If you're clear about what you want and are willing to spend, the sales pitches won't bother you as much. Those guys are just doing what they're trained to do and supposed to do, so I don't hold it against them personally.

Steve
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:18 PM
 
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When my husband got a new job last year that required suits, we went to Backrach in Lakeline Mall. We got 5 suits, several shirts and ties and a pair of shoes for under $1000. With only 5 suits to rotate, they get cleaned a lot. They are still in great shape.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I've bought two suits at Men's Warehouse in the past 15 years, and both times had a good experience. Last time was Nov 2008 at Barton Creek Mall.

They do try to upsell, and they lay out the matching shirts and ties, socks etc. That doesn't bother me because I actually like knowing what color combinations I should be considering.

I have a standard pitch I used when I walked in:

"I need a decent suit that I'll only wear 2 or 3 times a year to business functions or dinner parties, and funerals if needed. If my suit was a car, I don't need a lexus but want something better than a civic or Corolla. I want a Honda Accord or Toyota Camery type suit. Show me your best deals first, the ones on sale. I'm not going to spend more than $300".

Your script may vary depending on what you need, but I think if you are clear about your needs you'll get good service.

It's also helpful to do a bit of research and know what you want. Check out the mens clothing forums at Ask Andy.
ASK ANDY ABOUT CLOTHES

It's sort of like buying a car. If you're clear about what you want and are willing to spend, the sales pitches won't bother you as much. Those guys are just doing what they're trained to do and supposed to do, so I don't hold it against them personally.

Steve
Oh I know, I'm kind of a grouch when it comes to salespeople. It makes me nervous and I lose my focus - totally my own personal issues When I was a kid, my dad used to embarrass me with relentless negotiations anytime he bought anything...he's a real S.O.B. when it comes to that sort of thing!

I'm pretty clear on what I'm looking for so maybe I'll give them another look.

Thanks!
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Texas Clothier - full tailering service:

The Texas Clothier | Austin, Texas | The Finest Mens Apparel

Keepers - good sellection of well made men's livery.

http://www.keepersclothing.com/

You're welcome.
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The above are very fine choices but $$$$.

I suggest Joseph Banks instead. Great service, traditional styles, and mid-range prices.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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If I'm in a suit, someone's either dead or I'm interviewing for a job.

I got my last one at the Brooks Brothers outlet in San Marcos. It was $275 and on their website it was like $900.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Default John McLane at Macy's/Domain

Ask for John McLane in the Men's Suits department at Macy's at the Domain. He is very low key and a good listener and will make you feel very comfortable. The hard sell is simply not part of his personality.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I wear suits every workday, and I find that nothing says more about a man's choices in life than buying a cheap suit. Quality does not always mean overly expensive. (And don't get me started on custom cowboy boots.) The Brooks Brothers outlet does have good bargins in men's suits, if you can find them in your size. And, I'll second the recommendation of Macy's at the Domain, nice quality off-the-rack suits.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:50 PM
 
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Capra and Cavelli or Nordstrom.
Men’s and Women’s Clothing: Canali, Vestimenta, Tahari - An Austin Clothier - Capra and Cavelli
Nothing like a custom made suit!
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