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Quality is subjective, isn’t it?

This is precisely the reason one goes to any “boutique” or “high-end” department store where brand names and labels are the name of the game. Almost every major department store has basically the same brands under different umbrellas, so what are these retailers bringing to the table? More importantly, how much is it costing you? Pricewise, name brand labels cost about 30% more for the same fabrics and workmanship, and that’s just for off the rack garments. The lack of passion, lack of knowledge and lack of caring about the details can be stupefying.

As my father used to say, “Only very wealthy people can afford to keep buying cheap things.”

If the cost is your main concern, don’t skimp on alterations or the fit. It is better to buy an inferior product than to buy a better garment and skimp on the alterations and the fit.

The next question to ask is, “Are you buying pieces that only be worn in one category, such as business casual, sartorial, or …?” We feel that in the foreseeable future menswear will have a non-industrial look and feel, so there is no reason that you cannot buy things that could be worn in each one of those categories. Now that is the true value!

The true value of a garment can be measured in two easy ways. The first is cost per wear. Let’s say a suit that costs $1000 will last for 7 to 10 years, being worn once a

Menswear is not about inches, it is about 1/8 or a 1/4 of an inch that can make or break the look.

Before opening Dash’s, I worked at the “best” mens clothing department store in the country. Their policy was that the tailor who pinned or chalked the garment was the one doing the work on it. I found this to be like communism, by which I mean it sounds good on paper. Here is an example: The most common mistake in mens clothing is for the jacket sleeves to be too long.

Since your “better” garments have stitching at the cuff which at least gives the illusion of functional buttons, the sleeves have to be shortened from the armhole. I would recommend to have the customer’s sleeves shortened, and the tailors would get angry with me because alteration requires a lot of work. This is not a job for a seamsperson, but for an

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Some companies have an Italian sounding name but the garments are made anywhere but Italy or France! That’s not to say that Italian custom made pieces don’t exist. They do, they exist in trusted, recognizable stores like Armani, Canali, Ermangildo Zegna, Bigan Beverly Hills – and some popular department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue! There are a few local boutiques that carry their off the rack pieces. But these boutiques offer their pieces at 30% higher price-point than our custom made garments. It’s worth repeating: Dash’s custom garments are approx. 30% less than our competitors off the rack price! It is our finding that many clothiers and department stores rely on labels to sell their stock and take advantage of an uninformed customer base. In addition, many sales associates themselves are uninformed about the very garments they are selling! As a result, the details and finer points that make a wardrobe truly stunning and overlooked, and people are paying more, but dressing worse. Our goal as Dash’s is to find manufacturers with the same passion, enthusiasm, and heritage – It was fortuitous that in our first year, 2005, we found and partnered with Lubiam. Lubiam is a company th
The Best Selection Starts with Curating Partnerships & Relationships Dash's Partnerships & Manufacturers from around the World   Our goal as Dash’s is to find manufacturers with the same passion, enthusiasm, and heritage – It was fortuitous that in our first year, 2005, we found and partnered with Lubiam. Lubiam is a company that has established itself in the luxury suit, jacket and formalwear marketplace. For over 100 years since its founding, LUBIAM still manages to intersect its quintessential Italian roots through its emphasis on craftsmanship and its continuing involvement of the family of original founder, Luigi Bianchi. It has taken us 12 years to find another manufacturer for us to partner with – Howard’s of Paris. Howard’s produces custom made shirts, ties and accessories because it is just as hard trying to find manufacturer with heritage, passion, enthusiasm and style as trying to find a clothier who takes pride on his or her craf [...]
Why Dash's?  

Simply put, since Patterns and Pallets change more often by far than actual styles, it is very hard for a client to choose something different and anew from a small "swatch", let alone tyron a new pattern or color before making the decision! Here at Dash's, we custom make the latest patterns & pallets (at least for your consideration ) twice a year! For you to see a finished garment and then choose what we call ( custom made off the rack ) and that thought process goes for our custom made shirts and custom made sports jackets!  If you happen to be in the market for an off the rack suit, you will be offered the same rarefied choices for your consideration!

Our creations are made in Italy by Luigi Bianchi, a family owned fourth generation manufacturer that have been our partner since 2005!  Our custom made suit or other items are 30% [...]

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