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That's even more worrying - a good suit should be flattering regardless of body size or type (sure, sure within limits). Is skin-tight really the way to go in this case? Surely something like this raises red flags for prospective customers?
Edited by sebastian mcfox - 5/21/15 at 7:12pm
This is genuinely atrocious...
it may have something to do with who you deal with, but Tom in Melbourne understood what I was looking for and has been able to deliver conservative cbd suits to my liking.
if you know what you want and don't just walk in asking for a suit, you should be fine. Australia has a perception that a well fitting suit should "fit like a glove", where that is obviously too small and not a well fitting suit.
Again, he's a bigger guy, wearing a double breasted jacket, turned slightly diagonally. The fit isn't fret for him, but I'm sure as one of the Melbourne fitters he would be completely aware of this.
I'm sure PJT can do a more conservative fit (they did for my blazer), but they're not going to be the ones you see on Instagram as worn by 20 something graphic designers.
Regarding the photos of Porter, that was taken during his early training as an apprentice. As with most of these matters, he was properly trying out the 6 x 2 DB and realized maybe that it wasn't for him.
I've visited him in Sydney a couple times over the past year, and the unstructured block he favors now is much more flattering and body shape appropriate.
As for the other various questions about whether PJ make a more robust cut, the short answer is yes. It'd probably be better to talk to someone with a bit more experience however, someone like Tom Riley who is incredibly observant and receptive to these things. Most of the apprentices are roughly my age, and as such in the vast majority err toward what somebody affectionately described on this thread as the 'wet suit' cut. If you're in Sydney, perhaps speak to Tom Cranston (one of the senior apprentices who alternates between Suitshop & PJ), he has a penchant for the less aggressively close more roomy proportions.
I'm very happy with my first commission from them (a blazer woven S130 number in mid-gray from Carlo Barbera) but I will be lugging it down to Sydney with me the next time I'm there for some alterations. Needs about 1cm standaway from the current buttoning point, because that fashionable 'pull' is on my flabby gut dreadful.
tl;dr - as long as you're firm and precise, they'll do you a less fashionable cut with no problem PJT customer service has always (in my experience) been prompt and accommodating, so this is something they will adjust.
Fun fact @Journeyman (though all evidence would suggest you're joking), a couple of the apprentices are a deadringer for Pat and do on occasion wear his so-called hand me downs. Definitely not Porter though, guy puts the 'barrel' in barrel chested.