Post # 1
Hey ladies – I am hoping someone will have a suggestion for me and my fiance – we are in the middle of a big nightmare. In April, we ordered a custom suit from Bermini Tailors in NYC for my fiance to wear at the wedding. We were very excited about having a nice custom suit that he would be able to wear after the wedding at future events, and had the groomsmen get their suits at Men’s Wearhouse in a similar shade of charcoal gray (with our help). A few months ago, the tailor stopped returning our calls, and then their website changed, saying they were now closed and are focusing on the current orders. Apparently this does not include us since they have not returned any of our emails or telephone calls, and we put down half the amount as a deposit. We filed a complaint with the BBB and are disputing the credit card charge – however he doesn’t have a suit and our wedding is September 27!!
My question for any NYC-area brides (and grooms) is where can we get a nice suit that will look great (I think custom is too much to ask at this point) at such a late stage in the game. We have checked out Brooks Brothers to give you an idea of what we are looking for – our wedding will be in a loft space in Long Island City. Thanks so much for any advice you can give!!
Post # 3
Honestly my suggestion is for him to go to mens wearhouse and get the same one as the other guys. It’s not going to be custom, but he’ll have something to wear and the stress will be gone.
I don’t know that you can have something made quickly enough and I would just focus on getting your money back and turning that company in.
Post # 4
Try Jos. A. Bank. Very high quality but it’s off-the-rack and you can also order online. Also, a lot of their formal wear is currently on sale online. They will also monogram things, which could give your fiance the feel of a custom item without having it custom made. If you order a shirt from here, choose one from their "Signature" line as the quality of these are really wonderful.
Post # 5
Thanks! Yes, I know custom is probably not going to be a viable option at this point, but I still want him to feel special about what he is wearing. I will check out MW and Jos. A. Bank for sure.
Post # 6
My husband got a very good quality italian tux from a place called Sarar in Woodbury Commons…the Groomsmen got all their suits from there as well. They are an Italian suitmaker that manufacturers for Hugo Boss, Zegna, and a few other notable companies but have recently started to put their own label on suits. They carry a very good variety of sizes so you should have some luck there. I didnt’ know there was such a size as 39R….but apparenlty there is and I found it there for my husband! Unfortunately they don’t have any retail locations in the immediate area so if you have access to a car, I would suggest making the trip up there. Oh yeah, as far as pricing, my hsuband’s tux was $400, but the GM’s got their suits for $300.
Post # 7
- Wedding: Small church ceremony, museum reception
I know you’re worried about time line for custom, but try Thick as Thieves – they are based out of LA but can do it all online, with 3 week turnaround time. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the quality, and the price isn’t too crazy either ($400-500). If not that, try Barney’s Co-op, they’ve usually got sales on nice suits. Men’s Warehouse is ok, but there are so many other better options, especially in New York!
Post # 8
As has been the great fallback for me in recent weeks on just about everything wedding-related…there’s always Macys…
Post # 9
Woodbury Commons. My FH has gotten some great suits at the Barney’s there, as well as Off Fifth and Neiman’s Last Call. There’s also a Hickey Freeman outlet as well. If you can’t get a car, there are buses from NYC daily.
Post # 10
thanks – apparently brooks brothers has some sort of digital fitting that is close to the real thing as far as custom goes, we are going there after work today – i passed along your suggestions to the boy and am letting him run with it – we have so many other loose ends in these last few weeks this is not exactly what we needed! thank you so much for all of your help!
Post # 11
Omig-d I HATE bermini. I ordered a custom coat for my then fiance there and it was a nightmare. Their customer service was horrid and I am not surprsied to hear they went out of business – I feel awful for you guys.
You could check out Hickey Freeman – their turnaround time is usually longer, but maybe they would figure something out to help you. They do custom and it is nice. However, if your fiance is of reasonable proportions, you could get some nice stuff off the rack (Saks, Macys, Brooks Brothers, Bloomingdales etc) – you could then take it to a tailor who can make it look like it was custom. My husband needs lots of tailoring and custom work (he is 6’5 and trim, not a lot fits him) and he goes to a tailor that is really experienced with suit tailoring – I can get you the name if you are interested….
Not sure it will do anything, but it might make you feel better to post about Bermini on NYCity Search!
Post # 12
Thanks! I posted on Citysearch – we went to Brooks Brothers last night and bought a nice off-the-rack suit – it wasn’t exactly what we wanted but at least we know the quality will be good and the tailoring will be taken care of in a timely manner. The hubby-to-be is pretty standard-size so it shouldn’t be a problem. Plus they were so nice when we told them our horror story. I cannot believe how many people had terrible experiences with Bermini! I want to post all over the internet about them!