Trunk shows are when a representative from a given company travels around to different cities showcasing their fabrics. They'll often offer fabrics that aren't available in the regular collections. A lot of people like knowing that they have a suit made in fabrics that were produced in limited quantities heh. So basically you go to the show, chose a fabric and they'll fit you for a suit. They often offer discounts (this is the only time you're gonna get made-to-measure suits on sale) so it's a great time to buy, not to mention you can chose fabrics not otherwise available. Depending on the company and how many orders they have to fill before yours, it will take anywhere from 4-8 weeks for your suit to be finished. Once your suit is finished you'll need to go back for 1 or 2 fittings. Since the measurements should have been taken properly in the first place, there shuoldn't be any major alterations needed at that point. The suit will arrive without surgeon's cuffs done. The tailor at the store you're buying your suit from will add them after he marks the sleeves so that they're 100% positive they do them at the right length. It takes the tailor a good hour to do the surgeon's cuffs so how soon you get your suit after it's been fitted depends on how many other alterations he has to do. You must have a tailor somewhere near you.. If not in your town, I can't imagine there not being one in whatever big city is near you. If you want to get a made-to-measure suit and you know you won't be getting back to NYC for the second fitting, you might be able to ahve them mail it to you so a local tailor can do the finishing touches. Just make sure the tailor is competent before you hand over your suit heh. If you can get to a canali trunk show (I say canali cause it's widely regarded as a great value) I'd say go for it. Again I dont' know exactly how much of a discount is common during these events, but I'd imagine it would cover the made-to-measure premium.
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8/25/02 at 8:31pm