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My $5.99 hand tailored suit from Hong Kong

post #1 of 7
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Some times you roll the dice on ebay and come up with a winner. This suit was listed on ebay with a BIN price of $5.99 and just one picture (shown below). It was listed as being a custom made suit and based on the measurements given I decided it should fit me quite well. And for $5.99 (plus shipping)...why not? So I pulled the trigger.

Well, it arrived today and I was quite pleased. It's actually a very nice--and very old--suit that shows absolutely no signs that it's ever been worn. It was custom made in HK for a gentleman whose name is embroidered on the label inside, and the tag inside the pocket gives the date of delivery as March, 1978. The tailor is Sonella. Lots of handwork is evident, and nice touches (like the heel pads sewn inside the back of the pants cuffs). The material is a poly/wool blend. It's very British/Savile Row in style, but since that style is timeless it doesn't look out of place even though the suit is 28 years old. And, best of all, the seller's measurements were right on the money. Even the pants fit me with no alterations required.

It's at the cleaners but I'll post some pics when I get it back.

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by GMF
Some times you roll the dice on ebay and come up with a winner. This suit was listed on ebay with a BIN price of $5.99 and just one picture (shown below). It was listed as being a custom made suit and based on the measurements given I decided it should fit me quite well. And for $5.99 (plus shipping)...why not? So I pulled the trigger.

Well, it arrived today and I was quite pleased. It's actually a very nice--and very old--suit that shows absolutely no signs that it's ever been worn. It was custom made in HK for a gentleman whose name is embroidered on the label inside, and the tag inside the pocket gives the date of delivery as March, 1978. The tailor is Sonella. Lots of handwork is evident, and nice touches (like the heel pads sewn inside the back of the pants cuffs). The material is a poly/wool blend. It's very British/Savile Row in style, but since that style is timeless it doesn't look out of place even though the suit is 28 years old. And, best of all, the seller's measurements were right on the money. Even the pants fit me with no alterations required.

It's at the cleaners but I'll post some pics when I get it back.

Congrats; nice pick-up.
post #3 of 7
But the question is, is it "bespoke"?!? Haha, j/k

Wear it in good health and congratulations on the find.
post #4 of 7
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Yes, I'd say this suit was indeed bespoke. It's full canvas, and nothing about it looks OTR. (I couldn't imagine the wild pattern silk lining ever being put in an OTR suit.)
post #5 of 7
nice! from the pic it doesnt appear to have a "70s" cut...looks more sixties which is always the bees knees.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by GMF
Yes, I'd say this suit was indeed bespoke. It's full canvas, and nothing about it looks OTR. (I couldn't imagine the wild pattern silk lining ever being put in an OTR suit.)


Bespoke rather than MTM I think was the question not OTR.
post #7 of 7
is it possible to tell that after the fact? how would one tell 30 years after the last fitting if it was made to a set pattern of a long-gone tailoring house, or if a pattern was specially made?
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