Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged
No, what I mean is... the main benefit of RTW is that it fits (sort of) a wide array of customers (who would, of course, further cutomize the fit).
Once you have working button holes, that limits the customer base. For one thing, folks who have slightly different arm or shoulder lengths (me, e.g.) wouldn't be able to use those suits.
Yeah, but they're assuming most guys won't know that or would rather have the working buttonholes. It's so rare to see properly fitting jacket sleeves these days, I doubt they're losing many sales.
I've seen quite a few guys wearing ill-fitting jackets with working buttonholes lately. Very trendy at the moment.