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Spam???  Oh come on that's a tad unfair. I was commenting on a thread and someone asked me a question about buying a reasonably priced suit. Where do you think I was going to suggest? At least I tried to be somewhat discreet about it rather than blatantly posting links I gave him a gentle nudge to where he could find what he asked for. Nor did I post any text about the site or the available suits. So Spam? Perhaps but only by the broadest definition.   In reply to your...
My first question is why would you take a great fabric like Dormeuil and then half canvas it? You say it's not coming out of China or Thailand then I ask where is it made. Certainly not Australia. You can't make a half canvas suit out of Dormeuil at Australian labour rates for $500 much less sell it at that price. I have a lot of tailoring connections in Asia and  couldn't have it made to sell at that price there.   there are plenty of online tailoring services in...
  I wouldn't call $695 for an altered factory made suit a low price. In fact I'd call it rather expensive. Where are their suits made? How are they constructed? All their websites are scant on details and I ask why? If their suits are so good and worth $695 then why not tell us why?    They say that their local production unit is based  Lower Hutt, near Wellington which makes me think that they have a non-local production unit also which is probably based somewhere in...
  That's not true. In fact in Asia you are more than likely to have more time spent making your suit than if it was made in NYC.   I have blogged about the rise of outsourcing bespoke tailoring to Asia   http://bit.ly/IZT10m   It's far more common than you may think
I was in China a few months ago visiting the specialist bespoke tailors who contract to us and had a look through their suits that were finished and ready to be shipped. There were some well known tailor names from all over the world on the labels.   I see no problem with having a suit made in China. I'd be happier paying $3k for a suit hand stitched in the hongbang tradition in Shanghai than $2k for something run up by machine in NYC.   So my advice would be to go for...
The Shanghai fabric markets are a place where tourists buy cheap suits. The only locals that buy there are the same sort of people that buy $99 suits from Walmart here. However if you must   Realise that no matter what name is written on the fabric sample book it's more than likely a fake. Unfortunately you're not going to buy a suit made from genuine Scabal fabric for $200. Not only is it not genuine it's probably not even wool.   Be prepared to bargain and...
As someone who sells shirts online I agree completely with this and think it's the perfect attitude to have when ordering both suits and shirts online.   I also agree that you certainly can't buy anything like true bespoke online. To completely honest I'd like to ban the word from online tailoring however, as people search for bespoke when they really are looking for MTM, if you don't use it frequently you miss a lot of search engine traffic.   Still with a little time...
  I've never understood this obsession with surgeon's cuffs on jackets. What's it supposed to mean anyway? Are you ever going to undo the buttons? I wear suits everyday and, although I have a few that came with surgeon's cuffs, I don't think I have ever actually needed to undo the buttons on my sleeve nor have I ever felt the desire to.   Then on MTM you run into this posters problem where the sleeves need to be adjusted and when it can be done it's made a relatively...
We use Maher at M&R Tailors often and he always does a good job at a reasonable price. He is an excellent tailor but you need to firmly pin him down to a completion date.   I have also had a few of my customers use Tasanee Alterations in the Hunter Arcade at Wynyard station and the feedback I have received has been good. Quick and inexpensive.   In the online suit retailing business you always get a couple of suits a month that need to be altered (99% of the time...
      Wow! My first internet troll and his second disparaging comment on a business he has never dealt with.   As we get noticed more I’m expecting to have to deal with some negative feedback. In this business, no matter how hard you try, there are always going to be some customers who are not satisfied and unfortunately it’s usually the unhappy customers who make the most noise.   So I’m going to have to accept the criticism when it comes and hope that most people see it...
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