If a new idea from Jos. A. Bank Clothiers takes hold, there'll be far fewer pins and needles in store for the average businessman.
The Baltimore-based manufacturer of classic clothing has just this week introduced "The Wardrobe Collection," a group of men's suit separates intended to minimize the need for time-consuming suit alterations.
Conventionally a man buys a matched suit which comes only in limited sizes and must then be altered to his specifications. With the new collection, men will be able to choose from a wide variety of coat sizes and then select the matching pants that fit.
Coat sizes will range from 37 to 48 regular; 38 to 43 short; 39 to 50 long, and 42 to 48 extra long. Trouser sizes run from 30 to 44 regular; 32 to 38 short rise, and 34 to 44 long rise.
Mike Waters, vice-president of marketing for Jos. A. Bank, points out that in addition to cutting down alteration time, the separates can be a more economical option for some. Because men have a tendency to wear out their pants before their jackets -- they generally take the jackets off at the office -- they can double the life of a suit by buying an extra pair of trousers. (Suit coats run at $215; trousers at $95, with a second pair $79.) Traveling men can also pack more efficiently by bringing an extra pair of matching pants instead of a second suit.
The separates will be available through the most recent catalog mailed this month and in select Bank stores in February.