Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
From my thinking, it was best for my first bespoke to be from a cheaper fabric/style - seersucker - so that my investment wouldn't be too significant. This way, even if my choices were lousy, or if the tailor turns out to be inept, I haven't sunk too much money into it.
For years I bought OTR, and I always had problems with the fitting. So, about one and a half years ago, I decided to go bespoke. A friend of mine recommended a tailor. I chose a rather cheap cloth (the suit costed me around EUR 700 (USD 900); I guess that Madrid is far cheaper than NY when it comes to this kind of issues...). Choosing a cheap cloth was a good choice, as it turned out: the tailor made a lousy job, and after wearing the suit a couple of times, I gave it away to charity. Actually, it turned out that the tailor's main business was to rent tuxedos. I guess that he was not used to make suits to somebody like me (I am very tall for Spanish standards, for example).
Then, I asked some people and I was told that the department store chain "El Corte Ingles" was known to have good tailors in their bespoke department. So I tried it, and I have had two suits and an odd jacket made there, and I am quite satisfied. The suits cost me around EUR 1300-1500 (approx. USD 1700-USD 2000). Also, I enjoy talking with my tailor.
However, I have some doubts concerning the roll of the lapels, the placement of the buttons, etc.
Now, the other day a went to Zegna and ordered an MTM odd jacket (charcoal "cashco") and trousers, and I ended up paying the same amount (EUR 1400/USD 1800). So, I wondered, isn't it a mistake to pay the same for MTM as for bespoke (assuming that the qualities of the cloths are the same)?
The same evening, out dancing, I met a retired tailor (supposedly a good one) and I asked him what he thought about it. He said that although El Corte Ingles has rather good tailors, the problem is that the avarage skill of the professionals is not what it used to be, and also that you do not really know what you will get until the product is finnished. Instead, using Zegna MTM, you know that you will get a quality product, that will fit you good enough. Basically, he recommended me to use MTM.
I guess I will continue trying both alternatives.
At present, the option of trying a more expensive bespoke tailor, or going to London for it, is out of the question.