The Point Click Tailor Suit Review

point click tailor made to measure suit

The bar is being continually raised in the online made to measure/custom suit market.  New entrants have less room for air than they did one and two years ago.  Customer service has to be attentive and effective, delivery has to be prompt, websites have to be easy to use and the suits have to be at least reasonably well made and fit well.  For a new company or for someone just getting into the business keeping all of this in line can be daunting.  And as you can imagine, some do it better than others. Fortunately, for Frank De Jackmo … Continue reading

That Tweed Prince Of Wales Plaid Suit

tweed prince of wales 3 piece suit

If you all have not caught on yet, I often have a thing for some rather aggressive patterns and fabrics; especially in aggressive configurations.  Think Lilly Pulitzer vests and double breasted windowpane suits.  So going into my last visit with Joe from Bros I decided I wanted to get something in tweed, preferably a plaid. Little did I expect to find something so fit for the bill.  So bold and yet still tasteful.  So much a country/suburb fabric, but still wearable in the city if needed (or if I so desired).  And in colors that fit me. What I … Continue reading

The Arden Reed Suit Review

arden reed suit review

This review is a long time coming, arguably overdue.  For that I owe Arden Reed an apology for taking so long.  Anyway, I first came in contact with Arden Reed about a year and a half ago when they reached out to me.  However, we decided the time was not quite right to do a review of their suits; so we held off. Fast forward a year and the construction of a truck designed to measure guys for suits and Carlos (Arden Reed’s co-founder, the other being Mike Abadi) and I decided it was time to do a review of … Continue reading

The Black Lapel Suit Review, 2.0

Black Lapel custom suit review

It has been a year and a half since I first reviewed Black Lapel.  Which in terms of the online made to measure suiting industry, which is still in its infancy, is a very long time.  There has been a steady influx of new players and the steady growth of old players; Black Lapel belongs in the latter category in case you were wondering.  The prices (at Black Lapel and elsewhere) have pretty much stayed constant but the expectations of consumers have gone up; reasonably so.  Fortunately, the level of quality of fabrics, construction, fit and customer service has also … Continue reading

City Vs. Country

hacking pockets and peak lapeled jacket

It is a simple concept really.  There are certain aspects of a suit that are derived from sport and country pursuits (think tweed, ticket pockets, hacking pockets, center vents, throat latches etc.) and then there are those details that are traditionally suited for ‘city’ or ‘business’ suits (peak lapels, pinstripes, worsteds, double breasted closure etc).  So these things should be kept apart, right? Well, no, not really.  I cannot think of any ‘rules’ that forbid city and country details and fabrics being mixed together in a suit.  But even if there was some rule… I suppose you could argue along … Continue reading

The Dragon Inside Suit Review, v2.0

dragon inside suit review

It was only a few months ago that I released my first review of Dragon Inside’s suits (which was largely positive).  So why review them again so soon?  First, because most of the criticisms that I identified in the first review have been resolved.  Namely, instead of adhesive securing the pant bottoms there is now stitching, the fabric has now been folded over the collar to the underside and there is no fraying around the buttonholes.  Second, Dragon Inside has introduced some new vest styles and seasonal fabrics they wanted to show off and frankly, I was eager to help … Continue reading

How To Wear A Three Piece Suit

dragon inside suit review

A three piece suit is one of the most useful and versatile items a man can own.  In the tailored goods category, it may in fact be the most useful (yes, even more so than a blue blazer).  The added vest (that makes a two piece a three piece) allows for a few more combinations that are not possible with the more common two piece suit.  Additionally, there is the practical utility of the extra layer around the torso in that it can provide warmth, which can be ideal in cooler weather. Although a three piece suit is typically a … Continue reading

How To Pack A Suit Via Business Insider

how to pack a suit

Last week I wrote another piece for Business Insider titled How To Pack A Suit.  Which for the full version you can go there (it also includes tips to pack shoes, belts, ties and pocket squares), or read on for an abridged version. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure and you have to pack a suit or jacket there are wrong ways, right ways and better ways to do it.  The idea is to pack you suit in a way that takes up the least amount of space while limiting the amount of creasing and wrinkling in the … Continue reading

Online MTM Is Going Seasonal, Finally…

indochino gray plaid

For at least the past year or so I have been urging the made to measure and custom suit companies that I deal with to offer more seasonal fabrics; linens, flannels, tweeds and the like.  During that time some of them have offered a few fabrics here and there; Indochino having by far the widest variety. But now I can gladly say that nearly all of them have some form of fall/winter specific fabrics on hand, something I hope continues for all seasons going forward.  We are all better off for it.  Season specific fabrics are one of the best … Continue reading

Obama Takes It Off

obama takes off jacket

Obama has no problem catching headlines.  And he shouldn’t, he is the President Of The United States Of America.  Admittedly, I don’t follow his, or other politicians headlines.  But from time to time my attention is grabbed. Case in point, when said POTUS took off his jacket in front of a crowd in Berlin last week while giving a speech on global warming.  The political message interested me little.  But the fact that the President took off his jacket while giving a speech in front of thousands?  Sheeeit.  This was no town hall meeting. To set up the removal of … Continue reading