I was actually there that night. From what I recall, this remark came up following the query about "balance" and what it actually means. I distinctly recall Tom Mahon mentioning the whole issue about intergenerational differences in posture as a theory
of his. He definitely did not lay this down as gospel in any way, and I am sure that he would be open to hearing from, and deferring to, those who have more information and knowledge on the issue.
That aside, I would like to echo Montauk on what a wonderful evening it was. A lot of the people that I spoke to that night were either bespoke newbies or at least bespoke-curious, and I think most of us - I certainly did - learnt a lot from the free and easy interactions we had with Tom throughout the evening. For many, this was the first time they were meeting Tom after years of following his blog. I think I speak for many of us when I say that we are glad that someone like Tom Mahon is out there to explain the mystique of Savile Row and thus make bespoke tailoring seem that slightly more attainable.
I am a big fan of Tom Mahon, and so far, have also been a very satisfied customer. At the same time, I know that some of his views about RTW can be a bit off the mark. But if his blog is any indication, he has not been shy in being upfront about his views and he seems open to having a discussion.
As a general point, I, for one, opt for bespoke not so much because of the "pitfalls" - perceived or otherwise - of RTW, but rather because of the benefits and "magic" - again perceived or otherwise - that bespoke has to offer. Thus, Tom Mahon's views on RTW, as far as I'm concerned, are a side issue.
Originally Posted by Montauk
As the only poster in this thread who was actually present that night, this is exactly how I interpreted his remark. Good grief.
Originally Posted by apropos
How about option C: that it was a throwaway comment - not dissimilar to the sort a BMW salesman might make about a Benz, or a property agent about any other property not under his/her purview - and perhaps should be taken as such?