A few months ago, Kent contacted me to try out his new MTM service for a line of suits he was starting to make. I was very curious and agreed to guinea pig the project. It was explained to me that I would receive a basic fit suit in my general size, then provide commentary regarding what I wanted to change, and send it back. I thought it sounded great as I rarely have time to get to a tailor and do fittings and stuff. So, I paid Kent for the suit and a few days later it showed up at my door and our process began.
I put the suit on, and truth be told, I was not immediately impressed. The general cut of the jacket was a bit "blobby" for my taste, the quarters were not open as much as I had liked, and it was not the slimmest cut. The pants however, were amazing out of the box, and I really, really loved the fit of those. The construction of the jacket was great though, very impressive. The canvassing, etc. all pointed to signs of good things, just the cut was not right for me.
I wrote to Kent and told him that while it was beautifully made, I didn't think that in fact it would work out for me as I didn't like the cut. Kent assured me he could make it work for me, and to trust him. So, I did.I told him what I wanted - higher armholes, more open quarters, more slimming at the hips, and some other niggles like 1/2" or so at the waist, and the sleeves down 1/4". The suit was sent back to him and in 3 weeks or so the next incarnation arrived.
You could certainly tell major improvements were made, the suit fit much, much better, but not perfect still. The quarters were not open enough and the hips were still belling out too much for my taste. Again, I emailed Kent and sent the suit back. There was one more trial fitting of back and forth of the suit before we nailed it down and I got it sent to me for the final time. Now, this may seem like a lot of sending back and forth, but its actually really impressive that he nailed it so well for two reasons. One, I have no idea how to speak "tailor", so I was going by just really general terms. Its actually incredible that Kent even knew what I was talking about, as I read the emails back. They were so vague, so thats partially my fault. Most impressive, is that he did all this with only one photo of me in the suit in mid process.
So, below is the final result - Im really happy with it, and it fits very well. The fabric is really nice - it doesn't have a lot of "flow" its more of a stiffer, workhorse wool, which is perfect for a staple suit thats going to get a lot of wear. Ill have to wear it a few more times to see how it all wears over time., but off first feelings, its right there with Corneliani or such. I lost about 12 pounds since the final measurements were sent to him, so its a bit big in places, but again, thats my fault. Fantastic price for a very well made product, from an extremely nice (and patient) man.