Originally Posted by realkingo
So out of the big Japanese suit retail chains, Suit Company is probably the best (at least for their high-end line), when it comes to quality?
The Suit Company (website at http://www.uktsc.com/) definitely has better quality in terms of fabrics, as you regularly see sturdy wools from well-know British brands, unlike the occasional poly blends you encounter at Aoki and Aoyama.
In terms styling I would also say they come out ahead, some of their designs by Ring Jacket are very nice. Aoki and Aoyama simply sells work wear for salarymen who care little for style, TSC is a lot more style conscious. Perfect Suit Factory are somewhere in-between.
In terms of construction, I really have no idea, as I've never owned any suit or jacket from Japanese mass-market RTW.
Universal Language is the High-End line of The Suit Company, located in the basement of their Shinjuku Store. A little more expensive, a little nicer. Most stuff is made of brand-name European fabrics.
In general though, I never anything buy RTW in Tokyo except very casual shirts, as I don't really fit in any RTW (Japanese or otherwise) and MTO suits, jackets and shirts are so cheap - if you are not fussy about seeking out back-alley MTO shops run by grumpy old Japanese men, you can find MTO deals that cost the same or cheaper then RTW (then again, RTW outlet shops are cheaper still).
Some price examples of stuff that I've made this winter:
Donegal tweed 2-piece: 20.000 yen (Big Vision)
2 piece suit in brown glencheck with purple overcheck, 100% wool fabric made in Japan: 15.000 yen (Marubishi)
3 MTO shirts in 100% cotton Brittish import fabrics: 15.000 (Tailor Fukuoka)
Fit:Acceptable with room for improvement.
Fabric: Good value, price can fluctuate a lot during sales (ex. Loro Piana cashmere blends from 40.000 in rare cases)
Construction: Flimsy, jackets quite stiff, buttons need to re-attached in one case.
If you have any issues getting into RTW clothing from the high-street retailers, MTO is really the way to roll in Tokyo IMO.