PMRuby

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Virginia
McLean
So last week, I received my first suit from Black Lapel, one of the new breed of on-line MTM providers. I'm quite pleased with the result. I've got a handful of pictures, but I'll try to take more in better/natural light at some point. I first looked into companies like Black Lapel maybe a year and a half ago and I was not very impressed - the suits looked cheap and reviews suggested that a huge number of jackets had to be re-made completely, so the whole thing didn't seem worth the time it would take to get it right nor the money given what seemed inferior quality. I continued looking and finally found a couple of places I thought made decent-looking suits. I ultimately chose to go with Black Lapel for a few reasons. It was close to my office, so the guy there could measure me rather than doing it myself (or making my girlfriend do it). Additionally, they offered several different fits so I thought that gave me a better shot of getting something more to my tastes - and not something that is terribly fashion-forward like many of the others. I settled on the suit I needed - a plain navy business suit. I did not opt for the up-charge where you can get a fully canvassed jacket (mine is half) because I did not know whether I'd ultimately even like the suit. I also should note that I asked for the jacket to be longer than the guy who fit me was suggesting, just because I did not want wind up with something super fashion-forward like a lot of these places try to put you into.

I'll be brief on the pros and cons and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Pros: the quality of the wool blew me away - way nicer than I expected (nicer than the wool I got when I got a coppley suit made a couple years back, and that was twice the price of this one); fast delivery; fits very well - did not require any additional alterations to my eye; customer service was great.

Cons: the buttons are black and not very nice - i'd happily pay an upcharge to get nicer buttons; I got a garnet lining, but it is only inside the chest, not the sleeves and the lining in the sleeves is an odd mix with the garnet. The guy or gal who made it also gave me stacked buttons, which I don't like and had requested otherwise - a minor annoyance, not a major hurdle for me.

Verdict: I'm very, very impressed with what I got for the price, which was like just under $500.

But you can be the judge for yourselves:









 

clothingconnoisseur

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New York
Nice Suit!

It looks great! I like the stacked buttons and do not have a real problem with the lining difference. The fit is very nice and I like the ticket pocket. At that price it seems like a great deal. Being a fellow New Yorker I may check them out myself.
 

jsgoode

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MS
Jackson
The point-to-point looks a little small from the pictures, and you'll definitely want to get that collar roll taken care of. Glad you like it...it's always nice to have a new suit you look forward to wearing.
 

Esc8p

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United States
CA
Pasadena
Wow, that looks nice! My MTM from Indochino came nowhere near as fitted as that and required a lot of take in around the jacket waist. Not too shabby.
 

johnpark11

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United States
Florida
Orlando
Like. I bought a midnight blue tux from Indochino for $400 and love it. Wore it to a Ball last week and got a number of compliments. These online MTM shops are cutting out the middleman and providing great quality with a custom fit. Pretty cool.
 

mingus2112

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United States
NJ
Hawthorne
This mimics my experience with Black Lapel. Super great people to deal with and the only thing I needed altered was the collar roll. Most made to measure places (including Black Lapel) take into account the shape of your shoulder, but not posture issues. My posture issue was very forward shoulders which produces a slightly minor roll - I've only had ONE single jacket EVER that fit without having to have the roll taken care of.

Something else you might want to check out. If you DO have the roll taken care of, bring it in to their tailor yourself. Warren (and i'm sure the other guys at black lapel) are perfectly capable of marking up the jacket properly, but the tailor they use is on 5th ave and is fantastic. Matt (and his tailors) at Imparali tailors are fantastic. I live a 45 minute train ride away (in NJ) and STILL travel to see him for all of my alterations. (www.imparali.com)

-James
 

lalaland

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Redlands
Thanks for posting, but if you have time could you possibly post some larger pictures? On my monitor - 13" macbook air - it is hard to see any detail in how it fits you because the pictures look small and the blacks of the suit are "crushed"
 

PMRuby

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United States
Virginia
McLean
Lala, let me get to that at some point in the next couple days. The artificial light in my apartment isn't great for photography and there was not sufficient natural light to make for better pictures last night (because it was already dark) or this morning (when it was overcast and generally dreary). I suppose I could move some lamps around light the photographs better, but that seems like more work than I'm inclined to put in when I could just wait a day or two until it's sunny out in the morning. I'll get some better pics up quickly.
 
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