Originally Posted by The Louche
I've found a MTM maker that I like very much considering his very reasonable prices (~ $900 for two piece suit, full canvas, H&S basic worsted). I have been building my suit wardrobe using this fellow, and will continue to do so for at least a few more years until I have a really solid rotation of well-fitting suits (~ 12-15). At some point I would love to get a full bespoke suit, if for no other reason than to try it out. I think when the time comes, however, it will be from a tailor that is well respected, is accessible for multiple fittings, and is reasonably priced - this really only leaves the HK tailors while in HK. At that point I trust that I will be versed enough to guide the process very well and be satisfied with the outcome.
I had my first bespoke suit made around the age of ten --in the mid-sixties-- by the tailor at Old England (Paris). It was a charcoal grey flannel, two-vent affair, with braces trouser turnups. My mum also bought me the shoes, tie, shirt, etc. to go with it. I was hooked for the rest of my life!
I have had suits made wherever and whenever, and the pure joy of it is in the process of choosing the cloth, agreeing with the tailor on the suit's cut, and then reliving all that when you actually wear it. In times of hardship, I would say, go for Austin Reed, Regent's St., London, and wait for their annual sale so you can have a rebate thrown in.