Originally Posted by Bluesuit
I've been reading the forum for a few months and have realized that I know almost nothing about anything discussed on this forum - but I greatly enjoy the dialogue. Anyway, I'm interested in a bespoke suit but don't even know where to start. I live just a short drive from San Francisco, are there any suggestions? I don't even know how much one will cost, $2,000 has been mentioned, where does that fall into the spectrum?
I can't help you on tailors in SFO; sorry.
I'll say this though, about going bespoke - the first time you do it, one of two things is likely, depending on your temperament and your tailor. Either you will get a slightly better-fitting but otherwise unremarkable suit for your efforts, because your tailor doesn't push and you're unsure what to ask for (this is what I did. I like the suit, but I regret all the little things I might have specified but didn't). Or, you'll end up with a monstrosity, so full of bells and whistles that you could well end up regretting not getting something more "practical."
All of which is to say, my rather patronizing advice would be, don't go out and spend thousands on a bespoke suit as your initial venture into high-end clothing. Hang around, examine suits you like, maybe upgrade your collection with a couple of fully-canvassed OTR suits, figure out what you're really missing about those OTR suits. Then go bespeak a suit that truly reflects what you're seeking.