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  • How do you buy anything from Spier and McKay?

    They are constantly sold out of staple suit colors in 44s (as well as almost every other size). What is the secret to this system?
    I can't find the stationary. -- James Bond

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    Early when they announce new items or restocks. By the time sales come around they are usually clearing out stock for new merchandise.

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    • #3
      I have never seen a 44s charcoal suit in stock, ever. lol
      I can't find the stationary. -- James Bond

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      • #4
        Pretty sure the only tactic that works reliably is to be constantly F5'ing their New Arrivals page (or get in during pre-order).

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        • #5
          If you keep an eye on their StyleForum thread you can sometimes get advance notice re: when products are launching/being re-stocked. But yeah otherwise it comes down to checking back a lot and moving quickly when items go live.
          “There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
          "The mood will pass, sir.”

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          • #6
            One positive thing I'll say about the stock issues that S&M faces on a regular basis is that it really makes me evaluate how much I want or need something. I've already got my staples taken care of, so mostly my purchases from them fall squarely in the "want" category. That said, I am convinced enough of the value of their product that I'm willing to stick it out until my size comes back in.

            ALSO... I subscribe to their emails. They're pretty good at sending emails to their database when they've restocked.

            Thanks to their emails, I learned that they now carry full canvas suits. That's a topic for a whole other thread. In fact, I'm going to start one right now.

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            • #7
              Only in some sale circumstances have I had an issue finding 40 contemporary.

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              • #8
                Based on their SF thread, 44L sells out instantly so I assume other 44 suits also sell out quickly. Similar to Vicious49, I am a 40 and never have an issue but I think they buy more 40s than 44s.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
                  They are constantly sold out of staple suit colors in 44s
                  They stock very little in 44s; most suits go up to 42s only. Your only choice is MTO, which is coming online at not too great a premium from RTW.

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                  • #10
                    I’ve only been able to buy something in my size once, and it was a pair of their suede double monk straps. The moment I got them out of the box, I could tell that it was some of the worst suede I’ve ever seen, and I returned them without trying them on.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
                      They are constantly sold out of staple suit colors in 44s (as well as almost every other size). What is the secret to this system?
                      We stopped carrying 44s OTR a while ago. Not enough demand. You can order through MTO. At $498 for a base 110s it's still a great deal for something that you get to make to you're own options.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MIS997 View Post
                        I’ve only been able to buy something in my size once, and it was a pair of their suede double monk straps. The moment I got them out of the box, I could tell that it was some of the worst suede I’ve ever seen, and I returned them without trying them on.
                        I wouldn't say they're known for their shoes so don't let that be a representative example of the whole company's offerings.
                        [MENTION=16882]Mad Martigan[/MENTION] I'd watch the StyFo thread for product releases.

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                        • #13
                          I think many people don’t have an idea how small a company they are. I’ve heard from the owner that for some items in some sizes there might only be two pieces available.

                          Having said that, most items in more popular sizes (such as jackets in 40R) tend to be available for enough time that you don’t need to sit there and try to buy it within the minutes it’s posted online. It is true that you do need to check for new item drops and news on SF or their blog/email list. Don’t expect things to necessarily continue to be available a month or two after they are released.

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                          • #14
                            They have some nice stuff, but it takes too much effort to find a size in stock. It's a waste of time. A bunch of people seem to like the company and its offerings, so they need to realize this and get more inventory.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Evenflow View Post
                              They have some nice stuff, but it takes too much effort to find a size in stock. It's a waste of time. A bunch of people seem to like the company and its offerings, so they need to realize this and get more inventory.
                              THe company wrote back above. Perhaps you should DM them with your idea...

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