Where to get measured for a suit?

sport jacket button detail closeupSean emails:

A friend is having some tuxedo's made for his wedding by a shop in China. He's asked that all of the groomsmen get measured so he can pass those measurements along to the tailor. Do any of your readers know of a good place to go to get measured?

We had a somewhat similar question many years ago. Then, as now, we wonder how a local shop will react to taking measurements so a tux or suit can be made somewhere else. But maybe they'll be OK just charging for the time.

Got a suggestion for Sean? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a place can be helpful.

Comments

Simon's Menswear in Niskayuna

Realize that the groomsmen need to be sensitive to the fact that this will involve a lot of measuring...not just the usual inseam and chest measurements you get when going to pick out an "off the rack" tux. The tailor from China no doubt has or should give out a list of measurement needed. I had a suit made in Korea....and what I learned was that, aside from taking some time to get it done (and get it shipped!!), they also work in metric. I'd get measurements done "metrically" rather than gamble on the Chinese tailor converting inches to centimeters.

I would suggest a good tailor, not necessarily one who makes suits. how about the urban Tailor (euni Yang) (paradoxically, she is in a suburban strip mall :-) in guilderland Rte 155 @ Western Ave) 898-7229. Maria Bianchi, who does tons of wedding tailoring (though admittedly for brides, wedding party and mothers of bride gowns) would be another good choice (though give her lots and lots of advance notice as she has a busy shop.) Maria's alterations, 3434 carman rd, guilderland/

Also I would try a Tux shop. They do measurements for other tux shops all the time (for free), it's an industry courtesy. Waldorf Tux shop (Lark St) is an independently owned, "old school" tux shop--real sense of proper fitting---not just taking the "closest size" from the rack.

As a practical matter, the wedding party should pay something for the service, guess 25 to 50bucks would be fair.

I was wondering about this recently, a friend is using theblacktux.com and said we would need measurements to provide. I tried going to Macy's, but when asked, the guy in menswear just sized me up and down and said "40 regular" and asked if I needed help with anything else.. didn't even try.

For a past wedding I had gone to Macy's, but that was in NYC where there was an entire floor dedicated to suits, with staff to match.

It's interesting to note jsc's comment about the "industry courtesy" because I felt bad about not making a purchase. Good to know for future reference.

I think, as jsc said, knowing what measurements are needed is important. :-) As Jeff D mentioned, there's a lot of variance in response. But, that would be my first question. If they are pretty basic, you can do it yourself with a tape measure, most of which are inexpensive and have both inches and centimeters.

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