Jos A Bank and a Good Salesman

Jos A Bank and a Good Salesman

This is a discussion on Jos A Bank and a Good Salesman within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Earlier this week, I went to Joseph A Bank Clothiers in our small town to purchase a new suit. I've never had a suit fitted/tailored ...

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    Jos A Bank and a Good Salesman

    Earlier this week, I went to Joseph A Bank Clothiers in our small town to purchase a new suit. I've never had a suit fitted/tailored before and had my concealed weapon IWB. I went to the dressing room to try on some pants and came out to let the salesman check the fit. I left my weapon and holster in the dressing room while my wife stood next to the door to keep an eye on it. He told me that the pants looked fine but I asked him if I could either let them out or go up one size. Puzzled, he told me the waist might tend to bunch up while wearing a belt and asked me to reconsider.

    I checked around us and then quietly told him, "I normally carry a licensed concealed weapon inside my waistband and need additional room. He said, "Oh, I see. That's a pretty good reason." The gentleman didn't miss a beat and moved me up one pant size. I guess it's probably quite normal here in Texas.
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    In the late 60s my Moms Uncle was an undercover detective. He had a leather pocket sewn into all his suits to carry in. He said suit makers and tailors understood perfectly well when you told them that you carried what to do. DR

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    In my early days of carrying I was having a sport coat fitted at my favorite men's shop. Out of curiosity, and to make small talk I asked the tailor about what's involved in tailoring adjustments for guys carrying sidearms. He said it wasn't uncommon at all and the extent of the tailoring challenge was pretty much dependent on the physique of the individual. I got the impression that he welcomed those as a departure from the everyday cuff and waist adjustments.
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    About half my LEO career was spent in a coat and tie. I used one men's store exclusively. They kept me informed of upcoming sales and tailored my suit and sport coats to conceal a large handgun carried OWB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chandler4228 View Post
    I checked around us and then quietly told him, "I normally carry a licensed concealed weapon inside my waistband and need additional room. He said, "Oh, I see. That's a pretty good reason." The gentleman didn't miss a beat and moved me up one pant size.
    Better still, since he's obviously comfortable with allowing for such adjustments, have the tailor see the geared-up situation, see the impact on the clothing, see the amount of alteration required (or whether a different cut and/or one larger size is required).

    Nice to see a shop that understands and doesn't "cringe."
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    I've never owned a suit fitted or off the rack.

    I've bought most of my clothes over the years in a Man's Clothing Shop near my place. Good service and friendly folks goes a long ways with me.
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    The people at Jos. Bank here have always been good about it, and have fit me for pants and coats with my IWB setup in place even before Wisconsin had concealed carry. Pretty common among executive types I guess (of which I am not).
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    I had a similar thing happen. We ended up talking guns for the next 20 minutes. My wife was not amused.
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    As long as we're on this topic, here's some guidance: 10 Conceal Carry Firearm Tips - Wearing a gun with a mens suit blazer or sport jacket

    Also, Men's Wearhouse is reputed to be very good about fitting around your firearm.
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    I shop Jos Banks often. Years ago I asked if they would tailor to fit my carry and they said of course. That is one reason they have kept my business. It never hurts to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdprof View Post
    As long as we're on this topic, here's some guidance: 10 Conceal Carry Firearm Tips - Wearing a gun with a mens suit blazer or sport jacket

    Also, Men's Wearhouse is reputed to be very good about fitting around your firearm.
    Men's Wearhouse started out in Seattle WA about 40 years ago. I always got a kick out of the guy who was the spokesman from the beginning. I always figured if I ever had to buy a suit I'd go to his store.
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