Originally Posted by chorse123
I'm curious to hear from some of you regarding your decision to order your first bespoke suit. When did you make the decision? What made up your mind? I'm toying with the idea right now. I don't have a huge need for a suit, nor do I even have the money right this moment, but it's something I would love to do, and am considering saving for one suit. I generally shop the super-discounts, but have been able to get a number of garments of very high quality which I love and which fit well, though far from perfectly.
Of course, for the cost of Option A (one true bespoke suit, say, $4000), I could order Option B: a MTM suit, MTM jacket (or two), and a few pairs of trousers from someone like Mr. Ned. Oh and a pair of special order Gaziano Girling shoes.
Oddly enough, I think my wife would probably support Option A more. Then again, it would probably mean I couldn't buy anything ever again without catching some grief.
You, my friend, are the ultimate decision maker.
The question is how much do you WANT IT? Apparently, you don't need it since you can wear RTW. In fact, no one needs bespoke clothes. It's all a question of "want."
I read of a taxi driver who wanted one suit exactly like the president. He bought one at George de Paris in Washington, DC. That was it.
I know two clothing salesmen who buy from a London tailor even though they could buy at their respective stores at employee discounts. On the other hand I know someone at Barneys who buys only only at the Barney Warehouse sale with his employee discount where he buys suits for $150. He views his clothes as disposable.
I know a NYC custom clothier who has his tailored clothes made in London. However, he uses a NYC tailor for his customers.
I have heard of billioniares who buy MTM at Brooks.
I know of a very prominent trial lawyer who buys the same suit each time at JC Penney. He boasts about it. On the other hand I know a very prominent criminal attorney who is known for his custom wardrobe. I knew another criminal attorney, who just recently died, who wore a very flamboyant costume.
At my first real job at a private law firm the lead partner wore Anderson & Sheppard. The number two man bought his suits at Syms, and it looked it. The number three man bought Brooks RTW.
I know a very wealthy truck company owner who buys strictly RTW on sale at Oxxford.
I know a well known restaurant owner who is a notorious deadbeat. He has an obession with custom clothes. I sued him on behalf of one of the tailors.
What I'm driving at is that you have to see what works for you regarding your "wants", your pocketbook, your lifestyle, and the preservation of your marriage.