Originally Posted by leftover_salmon
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And why is everyone so fixated on the "Bespoke" part? I said "Bespoke/MTM" recognizing that true bespoke may be difficult/very expensive to find, but at the same time I want a little more personal service than Brooks Brothers MTM.
Don't get hung-up on having the suit made "in house." Only a handful of tailors do, mostly the ones out of your price range. Even some of the most expensive tailors do not have the work done on premises. MTM is made in factories, such as English-American, Martin Greenfield, etc. MTM is a totally acceptable and reliable product.
Also, don't get fixated on multiple fittings. Generally, a MTM can only be tweaked and altered. If it is not essentially right "out of the box" there is little that can be done on multiple fittings. Incidentally, my London tailor does one fitting, the basted try-on. Nothing else is required from a master. The need for multiple fittings is unnecessary unless the suit does not fit from the beginning or if you are dealing with an inexperienced tailor.
Here are some possibilities:
1. LS Mens Clothes. The suits are made by outside factories, such as H. Freeman & Son, Southwick, Coppley, and a local workshop. They also do shirts. I have used them and can recommend them. You will easily get a suit within your price range.
2. Mr. Ned. They claim to make everything in-house. Within your price range.
3. Saint Laurie. They make what they sell, and the workshop is on the premises. Nice, honest people. Excellent cloth selection purchased direct from the mills, therefore, there is a savings to the customer. Within your price range.
4. Gilberto. The workshop is on the premises. Probably at the high end of your range or beyond the range.
5. Paul Winston. I understand that he offers a MTM made by an outside factory. Probably at the high end of your range.
6. Cego. Shirts. I can recommend Carl. Within your range.
7. Brooks Bros. for MTM shirts. Within your range.
8. Alexis Tailors on E. 77th St. between Third and Second. Probably at the high end or beyond your range. This shop is dedicated to making clothes. There are tailor/alteration shops scattered around the town which mostly do alterations. Some will make a custom suit. However, don't expect bargains. My alteration tailor will make a custom suit for $3,000 which he says far surpasses anything on Savile Row. (The bragging is for free.)
9. Alan Flusser Custom Shop. They offer a MTM suit by Southwick. Probably comes in at $2,000.
Brooks Bros. might have some cloths in your price range, but the offerings would be limited. It probably averages $2,000.
J. Press probably averages $2,200+, but they offer excellent, English cloths and service by Jay Walter, one of the best in the business.
All of the above provide excellent service, including Brooks.