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The top 10 stores to buy a tuxedo in Toronto

Posted by Staff / May 4, 2014

tuxedo torontoThe top stores to buy a tuxedo in Toronto are seemingly far and few between. A classic tux is just about the fanciest thing a man can wear, but there is very little attention given by the modern man to tuxedo culture in the current era of "swag" - and the price tag on your average tux alone reiterates why it's pretty much a 'once in a lifetime' purchase. Many men often find themselves at a crossroads because buying a tuxedo is often more expensive than a suit, and will get significantly less wear.

But if you're sprucing up for prom or showing your A-game as a groomsman, there's nothing like a good tux to transform a lacklustre schmuck into a polished, debonair gentleman. And if you're on a budget, fear not: Toronto has a number of menswear shops that offer classic tuxedos with modern details, and - pardon the pun - the price tags are very suit-able. This one's for all the men out there looking to break necks without breaking the bank.

Here are the top stores to buy a tuxedo in Toronto.

Tiger of Sweden
I wouldn't have thought Tiger would have much along the lines of tuxedos - but what they do have is one badass tuxedo that knocks it out of the park. Their Sinatra tux ($849) is a great fit for slim to average builds, though you don't have to be a complete stick to wear it. The tux features a slim shawl collar, slightly tapered arms, classic single vent, and slim straight pants. The shop houses all the accessories you might need, including shoes, socks, pocket squares and bowties. Staff were friendly and happy to help without pressuring me. A bit of bad news: they only cover the most expensive alteration needed.

Tom's Place
I know what you're thinking: James Bond wouldn't be caught dead in this Kensington shop. But most of us aren't on the MI6 payroll, and the general price range for tuxedos at Tom's is $695-1500. At the two-storey shop, a salesman greeted me instantly, directing me to the second floor, where they have tuxedos from Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Strellson, Armani, and one I personally fell in love with from Ted Baker. The shop feels a tad cluttered, but once you catch your bearings it's somewhat cozy and personal. The bestseller is a house-brand, one-button, classic tux that is available in peak or notch lapels. Alterations not included, but Tom himself is usually around to hook you up if you ask with a smile.

Suitsupply
This Yorkville boutique is not even a year old, but it has the presence of a solidified menswear staple shop. In the front window is the on-site tailor, working away on alterations as I walked in. Two single-button, peak-lapel tux styles are available: a Super 110 black tuxedo ringing in at $599, and a blue version with a black lapel that screams modern finesse. Much of the suiting is made in China, but all of the material is sourced from Italy and other dependable fabric mills. For a beautiful $899, you can walk away with a black tuxedo, shirt, shoes, and bow tie - alterations not included.

Garrison Bespoke
Garrison's is a savvy style emporium known for its repeat clientele and top-notch work. Your options at the appointment-only studio include made to measure (alter to fit) and bespoke (from scratch) tuxes. While going bespoke (starting at $1800) will obviously give you the best fit, MTM (from $995) is still a great option for half the price. With over 100 swatches of fabric to choose from, a pristine, fully customized tux can be yours within 8-10 weeks. Staff are knowledgeable and creative, which helps when you have such a wide array of details to choose from.

Korry's
Good ol' Korry's. When it comes to Toronto menswear, this Danforth suit shop has a rep that's good as gold. Owner Saul Korman is there daily, and is truly as wise as he is friendly when dealing with clients. Tuxedos start at $795 for the in-house brand Robertos (made in Canada). Hugo Boss tuxedos are available for $1195, and Canali start at $2000. With six on-site tailors, this shop knows what it's doing. Wedding parties, take note: Korry himself will cut you a break when buying for groomsmen.

Gotstyle
Gotstyle does many things right - and their Hilton wool shawl collar tuxedo is one of them. At a price point of $898, this 100% wool, single-button, single-vent tux is sure to make the bride blush. The slim fit, charcoal grey hue and black contrasting shawl make for a classic-meets-modern look. The environment of both shops (Bathurst/Distillery) is superb, and you will likely get occupied browsing around for things you didn't know you needed. Staff is happy to help, and I often feel like a friend rather than a customer while in either boutique.

MADE Clothing
This Toronto-based custom menswear brand offers custom suiting starting at $1095. Beyond black, MADE can offer any colour and fabric - from midnight blue to oxblood - along with you choice of lining, lapel, buttons and monogram. Since all MADE suiting is tailored in Montreal, they can offer a turnaround of only 3-4 weeks, and even faster in rush occasions. The process all takes place at their stylish private downtown studio where you can check out swatches while enjoying some scotch(es). To complete the look, they offer package deals with accessories like socks and bowties.

Grreat Stuff
This family-run shop near Trinity Bellwoods is known for exceptionally friendly staff and noteworthy styling advice. Owners Mark and Adam (one of whom is at the store pretty much every day) are great at understanding their clients. The go-to tuxedo of choice happens to be by Tiger of Sweden (which they've been carrying since before the Ossington flagship even opened), and runs from $600-800. With what they lack in variety for tuxedos, they make up for in helping you create unique, compliment-worthy outfits.

John Ferrigamo
You didn't think we would leave this behemoth off the list, did you? It's not a list of Toronto's best tuxedo outfitters without this Yorkville gem (formerly known as Stavros). With made-to-measure tuxes starting at $2,500 and bespoke ringing in at $3,500, John Ferrigamo boasts nothing but 007-quality threads. These master tailors maintain the heritage of the artisan clothiers of Savile Row; the service is personalized and the decor is reminiscent of only the most refined of gentleman's clubs. Any groom out there looking to pull out all the stops: Your tuxedo awaits.

Theodore 1922
This colourful Bloor St. West boutique offers an ever-so stylish shawl collar Zegna tuxedo for $1775; a poised Samuelson label tuxedo is also available for $1495. The shop is known for it's abundance of colourful accessories that are sure to make any outfit stand out, including Happy Socks, cufflinks, and lots of bowties. The cherry on top: all alterations are included.

Writing by Jacob Martella. Photo by Marcin Moka in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

8 Comments

The Queenpin / May 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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If you are looking for sweet VINTAGE tuxedoes with all the accoutrements, come to

KINGPIN'S HIDEAWAY
309 - 19 Mercer Street

or contact us for appointments!

SeanStewart / May 5, 2014 at 12:48 am
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Thanks @TheQueenpin - I will check that out.
Gustavo / May 5, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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No Hugo Boss? Are you mad?
Tim / May 16, 2014 at 12:19 am
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I got my bespoke tuxedo from Garrison Bespoke they are hands down the very best.
Alice Dixson / November 19, 2014 at 05:54 am
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When you’re looking for the perfect men’s vest to complete your men’s wait staff uniforms, don’t forget about finding the cashmere jacket
Frank Zeni / February 24, 2015 at 06:08 am
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My menswear store is located at 4040 Steele's ave west unit 48 in Vaughan and I carry a large selection of slim fit tuxedos from smoking jacket or peak lapel in black satin trim in electric blue, dusty rise silver grey many of the 70s colours my k notch lapel tuxedos are perfect for black tie events and our price start at 169.00 yes not a rental a purchase. I carry 600 stock suits in my store of 4,600 share feet and I specialize in formal wear slim fit slender arm, slender leg my zenga tux sells for $1200. Giorgio armani lead designer 1000, Bosco Uomo 300, Renoir $ 169.00 very afortable, please visit my store I would like to be in your ten best stores to shop my number 4167278555 open store hours every day 10 to 6 I have 5 full time staff including a master tailor, I have 30 years experience, I opened my first store in 1986
Hugo / February 27, 2015 at 09:50 am
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Hi All,

I purchased my wedding tuxedo for myself and all my grooms men at Made2Measure. They sent a tailor to my house to be measured and delivered everything 3 weeks later. The service was inredible and the quality of the tuexdo was by far top tier. I could not have asked for a nicer, better fitting tux for my big day! Best of all, the price was extremely reasonable.

Visit their site at www.Made2MeasureClothing.com or give Nathan a call at 647.997.8564
NEWTON / April 18, 2015 at 06:29 pm
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Why rent when you can own? At $395, our prices beat all the rest. We can all appreciate that. Service is top-notch and we come to your home for your convenience.

If you're reading this article, you probably know about high quality suits. Our suits use super 140-150's wools, and the construction is full-canvas. Try to find a similar suit for under $1000.

Contact us now during our promotion, especially if you are getting ready for a wedding. Have a great day!

http://www.tailortim.com
647-206-4386

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