never behind

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Wow, what a great place. It was overwhelming - there was so much stuff just on the main floor. Ethan and the crew were great in helping me try on a large list of items. I happened to be in Erie, PA and the 4 hour round trip drive was totally worth it.

I’ve been pondering buying another suit. I’d love to hear thoughts on the fit. It seems to fit well off the rack with the normal adjustments. I wasn’t sure if the shoulders were boxy or not.




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Flanderian

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Wow, what a great place. It was overwhelming - there was so much stuff just on the main floor. Ethan and the crew were great in helping me try on a large list of items. I happened to be in Erie, PA and the 4 hour round trip drive was totally worth it.

I’ve been pondering buying another suit. I’d love to hear thoughts on the fit. It seems to fit well off the rack with the normal adjustments. I wasn’t sure if the shoulders were boxy or not.




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Thanks for the great pictures. O'Connell's is my kind of place!

Did the staff help you find your size? If so, I say, buy it! These folks know their business. And also get whatever alterations they recommend.

The critical area of fit is the shoulders, and these look good. This is a relaxed, traditional cut and fit, and I know some are unused to it, but I love it! Normal lapels, normal gorge height, normal button stance. So nice as to make me cry. Get it if you like it. This is a suit you can wear until you wear it out, and it's cut and steel blue color will be extremely versatile.
 
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never behind

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@Flanderian I was The only one in the store while I was there, so I had a lot of attention. I wish I had taken pictures of all the tweed I tried on, as I know how much you enjoy tweed. They were wonderful jackets; I’m going to have to buy at least one come fall!

@Peak and Pine When I walked into the back of the store (where I took the picture), the first comment they made to me was, “there’s a method to the madness.” It was impressive - they knew exactly where everything was located. “Can I try in a pair of cav twills?” They grab a ladder and boom, 3 pairs to try on.


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Fading Fast

Connoisseur
That's awesome - thank you for taking the time to post about your experience and to show some pics.

I'm just old enough (54) to remember places like that from the '80s when I started buying real adult clothing - many towns still had that style of men's clothing store. Even the old J.Press store in NYC (the one on 44th, not the later one that was on Madison) felt a lot like that as did Gorsarts (a quieter, discount competitor to BB and Press).

While Brooks Brothers was always a bit more manicured, back in the '80s, it had tables piled high with merchandise and plenty of shelves and cubbies also pretty stuffed.

That, to me, is what a real men's store should look and feel (and smell - a mixture of clothing fibers, dust and authenticity) like.

Love the suit you got - great shade of blue - enjoy and thank you again.
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
I don't believe there is any other men's store from which I have purchased as many garments online, as I have from O'Connell's. "Ethan and the crew" (I think they are brothers) really do know their 'stuff' and have seamlessly guided me through my purchases as to size required, color, pattern and textural compatibility, etc....and it is but a single order that has had to be returned for a different size. But alas, I have yet to set foot in the store, that being a sartorial adventure reserved for some point in my future. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures!
 

peterc

Super Member
Another nice thread here and WHAT wonderful photos. Echoing what Fading said, I too remember Brooks on Madison when it had tables filled with clothes. I had never seen a men's store with everything laid out like that before. Glad I was able to experience that.

To the OP: The suit looks excellent on you.
 

Semper Jeep

Senior Member
@Peak and Pine When I walked into the back of the store (where I took the picture), the first comment they made to me was, “there’s a method to the madness.” It was impressive - they knew exactly where everything was located. “Can I try in a pair of cav twills?” They grab a ladder and boom, 3 pairs to try on.
Thank you for the photos and you/they are right, there is definitely a method to their madness.

I try to make it out there once a year or so (this reminds me that I need to renew my passport so I can cut through Ontario and head back over there again soon) and I was definitely overwhelmed on my first trip there about a decade ago but you can ask for anything and they immediately know where to find it, even old deadstock stuff that you might be looking for.

I've never been to Cable Car Clothiers in San Francisco but I imagine it to have a similar, maybe less cluttered, vibe as O'Connell's.
 

Parapraxis

Starting Member
Thanks for posting this. I have not ordered from O’Connell’s yet but know I will be in the future. I plan to start with some of their sweaters but see they have a lot to desire!
 

Greenshirt

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Thanks for posting some pics of the store and the stocks they carry.

My interaction with O’Connell is through email
and online shop where I had the opportunity to buy the original Baracuta G9 jacket in British Khaki and Green, plus some ties and shirts. Ethan is indeed helpful as he walked me through.

Nice suit that you found. Traditional fit. You’re a lucky guy!


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eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Thank you for the photos and you/they are right, there is definitely a method to their madness.

I try to make it out there once a year or so (this reminds me that I need to renew my passport so I can cut through Ontario and head back over there again soon) and I was definitely overwhelmed on my first trip there about a decade ago but you can ask for anything and they immediately know where to find it, even old deadstock stuff that you might be looking for.

I've never been to Cable Car Clothiers in San Francisco but I imagine it to have a similar, maybe less cluttered, vibe as O'Connell's.
Is a passport now required for a US citizen to pass through Ontario? :icon_scratch: We didn't used to have to do that!
 

Doctor Damage

Connoisseur
Washington (not DC) drivers license can be endorsed for going back and forth. Coming back is the worst part. Seems like they would welcome US citizens back instead of treating us like criminals. Canada will take just about anyone. Especially if you say something about shopping.
They probably thought you were bringing back some cannabis from B.C.
 

Doctor Damage

Connoisseur
Wow, what a great place. It was overwhelming - there was so much stuff just on the main floor. Ethan and the crew were great in helping me try on a large list of items. I happened to be in Erie, PA and the 4 hour round trip drive was totally worth it.

I’ve been pondering buying another suit. I’d love to hear thoughts on the fit. It seems to fit well off the rack with the normal adjustments. I wasn’t sure if the shoulders were boxy or not.

Nice to see nothing has changed a bit since I first went there around a decade ago. If anything, the piles seem higher.