HB: Out of curiosity, you mind sharing any examples of your experiences with the tailors you've mentioned (e.g. what major alterations you had, how they turned out)? I'm also interested in hearing what happened at Marcello's to prompt your comments, as I've never done anything beyond the basics with them.
Yes, I'm happy to share. Forgive me if I don't exhibit a perfect tailor's vocabulary. Regarding Bill Walker and Nick Lopez, the alterations I had done were fairly major, at least in my experience. Each of them had to recut a jacket for me, and Bill Walker had to recut a pair of pants. Both did an excellent job. I was pleased with their professionalism, particularly at Bill Walker, and with the end result. Â Jacket and pants fit me perfect, definitely not the usual "Houston sack suit." Â I know what you're talking about when you make that reference. In fact, that's the main source of my complaint about Marcello's: they either don't know how or don't want to create anything but a sack suit. Â Each time I've had Marcello's alter a jacket, the end product looked as much like a gunny sack as a suit jacket. Additionally, I have told them, in the past, for example, that I wanted 1/2" of my shirt sleeve to show beneath my suit jacket sleeve. Rather than saying "OK" and making the appropriate mark on the jacket sleeve, they first tried to convince me I didn't really want that look because it was "traditional." After confirming to them that I actually meant that I wanted 1/2" of my shirt sleeve to show, instead of marking the 1/2" point, they would start with approximately 1/8" then 1/4" then finally they would pin it at about 1/2". Â Nevertheless, when I got the jacket back it showed only about 1/8" of my shirt sleeve. Â