Suiting up in or outside NYC

With Fashion Week in full swing, it’s time to talk about good looking men’s suits. As a real estate agent in NYC, I wear a suit 3-4 days a week. My favorite suits are made by Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, and Ted Baker but rarely do I pay retail to wear them. With a little bit of time and patience, I find sharp suits at Century 21, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and Reiss. I also travel to Bangkok, Thailand frequently where I visit a tailor, David, who makes me custom cashmere suits for less than $400. If you are in the market for a new suit, be it off the rack or custom, there are many affordable options today that will keep you looking sharp in and out of the office. I asked my colleagues where they buy their suits and they all had positive things to say about the below options:

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Mr. Ned is a household name among NYC suit wearers from Wes Anderson to Wall Street bankers. With a tailoring studio at 137 5th Avenue, Mr. Ned has been in business since 1964. For between $950-$4K, your custom fitting, superior quality suit will be made by Vahram Mateosian and his team. Vahram is the owner/operator and son of Mr. Ned himself. The studio has a selection of high quality fabrics from which to choose and, in about 6 weeks or less, your custom jacket and pants will be ready for pick up.

My.suit has four New York locations and one Pennsylvania location, but you can start and complete your order on the website without setting foot in a store. Suits are made in Mexico and will be ready for pickup/delivery? In 2 weeks (wow! That’s quick). Prices run in the $495-$995 range for a suit and include pants and a jacket.

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Dragon Inside is an online tailor offering European-made suits from a selection of UK and Italian-made wool. Suits (pants/jacket) are ready in 25 days and will be shipped to you for free. Dragon Inside offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and, if they get a measurement wrong, they will either refund you the entire cost of the suit or reimburse you up to $125 for any adjustments made by your local tailor. Suits range from $470 – $689.

Other recommendations for good places to buy suits are Carson Street Clothiers, Boden USA, and don’t forget to check before placing an order directly from a brand-name label. For the latest trends in men’s fashion for Spring 2015, check out GQ’s fashion week round up here, and please let me know if you have other recommendations for where to get nice suits.

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