SINCEREST APOLOGIES GUYS! I'm a new homeowner/landlord and the first week of January had me facing tenant issues( refused to key me the keys until I threatened court) and the second week I was repainting and moving furniture in so I didn't have time to actually sit and write an article which also gives me an opportunity to test a new format of consumption written word. Writing isn't really my thing, I prefer making videos but I understand some people would rather read than watch. I also understand your time is valuable and I want to respect that so merge my lack of enthusiasm for writing and the value of your time, let's try bite size written content. Let me know what you think.
Men's Wearhouse Joseph Abboud International Custom Made Process
I believe this is a "show me" kinda post as opposed to a "tell me" so the video does most of the talking, however in editing the video I realized there were some key points that were left out so here they are:
1. Where is it being made?
Well, first of they have two custom made programs by Joseph Abboud. One is JA USA and the other is JA International. As the name suggests, JA USA is made in America, in fact in my state of Massachusetts!!!! In New Bedford, just outside of Boston, Joseph Abboud has a factory were they are made. I've contacted them for access and haven't heard anything back yet. I'll try again. JA International is made in China, that was the option I went with.
2. What fabrics are available?
Everything from linen to wool to cashmere. JA International has 40 swatches, different patterns and fabrics. JA USA has 100. They do custom shirts as well, and those have over 200 swatches. All fabrics are from Italy.
3. How much does it cost?
I went with the JA international and that is the cheaper of the two. JA USA suits start at $895 which I've seen to be fair market price compared to other custom clothiers. Makes sense since American made clothing tend to be more expensive than ones made abroad. The breakdown of the JA International prices are as follows:
Two piece Suit - $395
Three piece suit - $577
Sportcoats - $295
Vest - $110
4. Fused, half or full canvas?
Fused suit jackets are pretty much off the rack. The interlining is glued top the fabric of the suit therefore not giving the wearer any flexibility in their movements. Custom made suits/sport coats usually are half canvas or full canvas. What the canvas is a horsehair interlining that is sewn in between the outer fabric of the suit and the inner lining that allows the jacket to naturally drape on your body, especially on the chest of us fit guys. The full canvas goes from the shoulders down to the full length of the jacket to the bottom which is the best option of the three and allows the most naturally drape (structure) of the suit on your body. The half canvas is the best of fused and full, starting at the shoulders and extending down to the mid section of the coat. It covers the chest where I've had problems with with off the rack coat. The JA International only does half canvas and the JA USA does the full canvas. Full canvas is always the best one but this is more for the budget friendly shopper.
Big thanks to Chris Covington who is my former manager and the man in the video doing measurements. I've been promising to get a custom from him for the longest time and I finally came through. If you are in the Western Massachusetts area or plan to visit some time, stop by his store at 344 Russell St , Hadley, Good man and he'll take care of you. I probably won't be able to take it home the day it comes in, in the video you'll see that there will have to be minor adjustments but all alterations will be free