Toledo Talk

Time for suit or two, Let's talk men's suits.

I am overdue.

I have bought them at places like Men's Wearhouse and paid a little less ($200-300) but have gotten crap. I have bought them at places like Dillard's and gotten a good suit but paid too much ($600-up). I require a lot of alterations. Off the rack is not an option.

I want to end up with something that looks good, has a good hand, and wears well. Wool, not polyester.

Any guidance from your experience?

Thanks!

created by justread on Jan 31, 2014 at 08:19:04 am     Other     Comments: 22

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What size?

Kenny Bania has a size 40 Armani that you can have pretty cheap.

posted by shamrock44 on Jan 31, 2014 at 09:08:32 am     #   3 people liked this

Yeah, but it smells like "The Entity" from the BMW.

posted by justread on Jan 31, 2014 at 09:21:42 am     #  

Szar's Men's Shop on Summit St. and 109th is the best place to buy a suit in Toledo. Family owned, good selection, and better prices than Men's Wearhouse. I have nothing but praise for these gentlemen.

posted by milesdriven on Jan 31, 2014 at 09:33:59 am     #   1 person liked this

The only suit I have I bought from a made to measure website, which gave me a $75 credit for alterations. Got a tailored suit for pretty cheap.

posted by Nolan_Rosenkrans on Jan 31, 2014 at 09:51:40 am     #  

I'd second Szar's Men Shop. Bill and his father have owned/run the place for years and do a great job. I believe they're open until noonish on Saturday as well.

posted by Foodie on Jan 31, 2014 at 10:22:24 am     #  

I appreciate the tips on Szar's. They weren't on my radar.

posted by justread on Jan 31, 2014 at 10:48:25 am     #  

They're another of those "Toledo hidden gems".

posted by Foodie on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:48:23 am     #  

I can see their sign in my mind, now. Just never been inside.

posted by justread on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:15:10 pm     #  

I LOVE Michael David downtown - though I think they were either closing or moving. I got the suit for my wedding from them (custom), and it came absolutely perfectly cut and of a quality level I've never owned.

posted by endcycle on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:52:23 pm     #  

If your a big and tall man, check out Jack's Men's Wear at 3414 Dorr St, Toledo, OH 43607

posted by ToledoLatina on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:54:58 pm     #  

Just made my first trip to Kayvon's for suit alterations.

He has a bunch of suits for sale. I didn't check brands or prices but will take a look when I go pick up next Friday.

posted by wahhutch9 on Jan 31, 2014 at 02:07:00 pm     #  

Get to Michael David as fast as you can to see if they still have your size. $1200 is now $300 as they are clearing out inventory for a structural change in their offerings and making room for new product. They are not going out of business or moving.

posted by MrGlass419 on Jan 31, 2014 at 03:12:47 pm     #  

I can google them and get a phone number, but I am guessing that Michael David doesn't have weekend hours? (It's a guess.)

posted by justread on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:39:02 pm     #  

justread: Michael David is open 10am to 2pm on Saturdays: 255.1039

posted by MrsPhoenix on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:49:39 pm     #  

Thanks to all. Have a couple good leads.

posted by justread on Jan 31, 2014 at 05:16:20 pm     #  

I will second the vote for Michael David. The prices they are offering right now are ridiculously low. I was in there a few weeks ago and had stop myself from buying up the whole store.

Interestingly, when I asked about the reason for the sale, I was told they were looking to clear out old inventory to go in a different direction: they are actually going to carry less sportswear and casual clothes in favor of more tailored clothing. I was surprised as suits and ties are becoming more rare in the business world, but they said there was a market.

Another place to think about is Jos. A. Bank. Their quality has gone down over the last few years, but if you can get one of their higher end suits (Signature Gold I think) on deep discount, it is a good deal. Just don't let their tailor do the alterations. Take it to someplace else like Kayvon.

One final piece of advice for anyone looking for one good suit that will be versatile: get a solid navy suit. Not a black one (you are not in Reservoir Dogs) and no pinstripes (save that for your third or fourth suit). Navy suits work for weddings, funerals, job interviews, bar mitzvahs, court appearances, anything.

posted by Ace_Face on Jan 31, 2014 at 09:49:32 pm     #  

Szars will be receiving some business because of this thread. Thanks for the recommendation.

posted by EconCat88 on Jan 31, 2014 at 10:29:08 pm     #  

I have been a Jos. A. Bank guy. Great sales... However, I think I've been in Szars years ago? Might have to take another look...

posted by paulhem on Feb 02, 2014 at 12:18:19 am     #  

Ace_Face posted at 08:49:32 PM on Jan 31, 2014:

I will second the vote for Michael David. The prices they are offering right now are ridiculously low. I was in there a few weeks ago and had stop myself from buying up the whole store.

Interestingly, when I asked about the reason for the sale, I was told they were looking to clear out old inventory to go in a different direction: they are actually going to carry less sportswear and casual clothes in favor of more tailored clothing. I was surprised as suits and ties are becoming more rare in the business world, but they said there was a market.

Another place to think about is Jos. A. Bank. Their quality has gone down over the last few years, but if you can get one of their higher end suits (Signature Gold I think) on deep discount, it is a good deal. Just don't let their tailor do the alterations. Take it to someplace else like Kayvon.

One final piece of advice for anyone looking for one good suit that will be versatile: get a solid navy suit. Not a black one (you are not in Reservoir Dogs) and no pinstripes (save that for your third or fourth suit). Navy suits work for weddings, funerals, job interviews, bar mitzvahs, court appearances, anything.

Laughing at the Reservoir Dogs reference.

posted by historymike on Feb 02, 2014 at 01:28:54 pm     #  

Better view of the black suits in the "Little Green Bag" scene:

posted by historymike on Feb 02, 2014 at 01:31:05 pm     #  

My experience has been that, if you tell a tailor you want an all-black suit like they wore in that movie, the tailor will all but beg you to reconsider. I had this happen at both Kayvon and Szar's (both of which, by the way, I have patronized at different times, and always been satisfied with both, black-suit-reluctance notwithstanding). I'm not sure where the prejudice against all-black suits comes from, but I swear they talked to me like someone trying to talk a person off of a ledge.

Incidentally, that movie was exactly the reason I wanted all-black in the first place. I still think it makes a statement.

posted by Sohio on Feb 03, 2014 at 02:48:51 pm     #  

I had a black one before I ever saw the movie. (Shrug)

Dark navy with a very faint pinstripe is my favorite.

posted by justread on Feb 03, 2014 at 03:42:06 pm     #