A good policy, but it also tends to undo any cost savings you might have otherwise achieved, which is the reason why many go the CMT route in the first place.
Yeah, but as I said here:
Yeah which for me is one of the reasons I much prefer to source the cloth myself. More important than any savings, is seeing the whole cloth, particularly for large patterned stuff.
obviously that becomes moot if we are discussing grey flannel or navy hopsack. As to your second point, I actually take a bit opposite approach. I don't care which mill the fabric comes from, I pick the "best" grey flannel or whatever to my eye. Whether it's Minnis or lanficio whatever, I care more about the feel and look than where it came from. I don't differentiate as much between Harrisons and Dormeuil for example, as most people here do. Not saying I am right and everyone else wrong, just that the mills mean less to me.