Originally Posted by tiecollector
I think he said it was $8k, either way, it was nice cashmere fabric, 15 mil, so too warm anyways. The thing that caught me most off guard is that he talks to me and seems genuinely interested in things. He tells me about his kids, etc, but he is just a cutthroat businessman apparently.
Either way, he is trying to tell me the suit is costing him $2k, which certainly isn't the case. That is why we are bartering because its cheaper for both of us to trade.
He did fit me today, took my measurements and I picked out the fabric and lining. He told me that he'd wave the cost of the zippers, buttons, lining, which I know cost hardly anything in comparison.
I'm going to drive a hard bargain. I don't want to give away the website of his but he says he licenses patterns from several big designers (their bespoke lines), Loro Piana, Deurmil (sp?), Zegna, Armani, Versace, Brionni (sp?), many others. He can also replicate any fabric. He told me that the fabric I chose was Armani fabric, though a few weeks ago he did tell me taht Zegna makes fabric for many designers. I'm sure Armani rebrands Zegna fabrics and marks them up.
I'm not sure what you mean by this:
"If less than a couple, without even asking questions about the construction"
A couple fittings? He measured me 2 or 3 times. He did ask me what details I wanted, what kind of lapels, how many buttons on the sleve, how many vents, etc, and any other details that I wanted. I've never been to a bespoke tailor before so I don't know what to ask for.
Let this be a life lesson, always always always get things in writing when dealing with money.
The cost of zippers, lining, buttons, etc is negligible. It's like him buying you a lunch at Starbucks. His mentioning it is honestly ridiculous; trimmings should certainly be included in the standard suit, unless you wanted something really special, and it doesn't sound like you did.
By fittings I mean, did you put on a half-made garment to check the fit? Did he mark it with chalk? Or did he really just measure you with tape 2-3 times?