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post #331 of 366
Grazie, Mr. D. You did a great job with your basketball player and under circumstances I wouldn't want to work under. Superb job! Check out his blog
post #332 of 366
Thanks, Chris. I was really shitting bricks over that one....
post #333 of 366
Sounds painful!
post #334 of 366
I met Chris at his Chicago shop a couple of weeks ago. He is certainly everything I have read, both here and elsewhere. A real gentleman.

After not being entirely happy with my last few MTM projects in both fit and styling, I decided to give bespoke a try. Since I am in Chicago fairly regularly, working with Chris seemed the natural choice.

Chris' observation that I measure like a 40 from behind but a 44 across the front certainly helped explain some of my OTR and MTM fit issues. I tried on a couple examples he had in his shop and was extremely impressed with what he does with his shoulders- exactly what I was looking for. He also showed me what he would have done differently with the MTM jacket I had on that day. What a huge difference his suggestions made to the overall look and balance! I know I am in excellent hands.

I settled on a 13 oz grey flannel with a subtle blue windowpane. Building it up as a three piece. I will add details and observations as the process progresses. Meeting him again in his Dallas shop for a basted fitting in a couple of weeks...
post #335 of 366

That's really great to hear! We're going to enjoy your reports, try to snap some photographs to portrait the process. It's a shame that we don't get to see more examples from his work...

post #336 of 366
Is Chris willing to travel to DC?
post #337 of 366
Chris lives in Chicago and travels to Dallas regularly (at least some of the power behind the throne is here). I have never heard about him traveling to DC.
post #338 of 366

Chris,

How often are you in Dallas/and how often would someone have to schedule in advance for a first commission?

post #339 of 366
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Is Chris willing to travel to DC?

New York is as close as I get to DC. Have several DC clients but they travel to Chicago or Dallas or New York to meet.

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Chris,


How often are you in Dallas/and how often would someone have to schedule in advance for a first commission?

Approximately 6 days each month in Dallas.

Not sure what you mean by schedule in advance. Do you want to know how long the process takes before delivery?
At present we are selling suits for January delivery and beyond. Pretty much booked up for the rest of this year.
post #340 of 366
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New York is as close as I get to DC. Have several DC clients but they travel to Chicago or Dallas or New York to meet.
Approximately 6 days each month in Dallas.

Not sure what you mean by schedule in advance. Do you want to know how long the process takes before delivery?
At present we are selling suits for January delivery and beyond. Pretty much booked up for the rest of this year.

Is that nearly a consecutive week or broken up?

I meant could I just drop in and get fitted/order my first commission/consultation or do I need to call in advance and we arrange a time say 2 weeks out etc.
post #341 of 366
Dallas visits are 3 consecutive days, 2 or 3weeks between each trip. You want to set up an appointment, I don't have much free time on these trips.
post #342 of 366
Are these typically weekdays/weekends or does it vary?
post #343 of 366
They vary only by the day I arrive. Usually the trip is Tuesday thru Thursday or Wednesday thru Friday. Always split the week, 3 days in Dallas and 3 in Chicago. Almost never in Dallas over a weekend.

Better to PM me if you have further questions or to let me know what you are looking for.
post #344 of 366
Met with Chris in his Dallas studio earlier this week for first (and second) basted fitting. I was quite surprised at how well things fit in the first fitting. Chris nailed the back, shoulders and chest. After making some notes, he ripped off the sleeves and collar and then repositioned the two chest pieces making further improvement.

I spent an hour or so catching up on some work while he and his team tied the jacket back together post adjustments and we did it all over again.

Making a few small adjustments to the vest armholes and to the trouser seat, but otherwise they were very close to perfect on the first fit.

Got only a few pics, and unfortunately no fit pics.



The blue windowpane is actually much more subtle in person.

Will try to get some fit pics on the next fitting...

Got to add, you can't find a nicer guy to work with. Chris even drove me back to the airport when we were finished. Looking forward to our next visit.
post #345 of 366
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Chris even drove me back to the airport when we were finished. Looking forward to our next visit.

Well let's see. You flew over 600 miles to a city you had no other reason to visit except for a fitting and I drove you 4 miles to the airport. The drive doesn't appear to be such a big deal.
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