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post #16 of 52
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post
I don't see much difference traveling from the States to Naples to have a suit made than just going to Macy's and picking up a Calvin Klein suit off the rack for $200.

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Originally Posted by cronicmole View Post
Think about what you just typed.


Hold on, don't be so hard on SirGrotius. We might be jumping to conclusions. He wrote he didn't "see much difference". That begs the question; SirGrotius, are you blind?
post #17 of 52
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post
Hold on, don't be so hard on SirGrotius. We might be jumping to conclusions. He wrote he didn't "see much difference". That begs the question; SirGrotius, are you blind?

It's clear he's kidding.
post #18 of 52
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post
Hold on, don't be so hard on SirGrotius. We might be jumping to conclusions. He wrote he didn't "see much difference". That begs the question; SirGrotius, are you blind?

Only a lawyer could ruin my joke! Good thinking!!!
post #19 of 52
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Originally Posted by jefferyd View Post
You would sooner walk to Naples and back than learn the craft yourself through trial and error.
I typed that as I looked at the machine I just bought to make the lining for the leather bag I made my mom. I don't doubt there would be difficulty but I'd be up to it if necessary. PS: Where my box?
post #20 of 52
Not a tailor... But I once drove 6 hours to find a renowned cobbler.. Amazing work!
post #21 of 52
100km maybe
post #22 of 52
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post
I don't doubt there would be difficulty but I'd be up to it if necessary.

An apprenticeship under the tutelage of a seasoned pro takes between four and ten years. Take the pro out of the equation and how long do you think it might take?

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PS: Where my box?

I mailed it last Saturday. Fecking USPS.
post #23 of 52
About 50 blocks
post #24 of 52
have absolutely no tailors in my city so i flew to hong kong.

wanted to go anyway. will go back.
post #25 of 52
I'd drive a couple of hours, that's about it.
post #26 of 52
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Originally Posted by jefferyd View Post
An apprenticeship under the tutelage of a seasoned pro takes between four and ten years. Take the pro out of the equation and how long do you think it might take?

How about if your mom's a master tailor and has been all of your life? Man I hated those trips to the fabric store for thread, zippers, notions, etc. I got my bike stolen on one such trip.
post #27 of 52
The time and expense of travel really really adds to the cost of the garment. The only way to cut down on the cost is to buy a lot of suits so that the added cost per suit is much less. But, if you have that kind of money, I don't see how its really a problem for you. You can fly wherever and buy whatever. Since your on SF, clothing must be a passion, and the bespoke suit is well worth your money, which you must have a lot of. (tongue in cheek for some of that) For the rest of us, the added expense is a whole hellofa lot. Unless we're going to the place anyway. Twice. Or three times. Or Four! Either case, you get the point. The real question is this: How much more is bespoke worth v. quality MTM in your own city (and if you live in the middle of nowhere, I put forth state (and if your state really doesn't have a Nieman Marcus or Brooks Brothers, then I put forward the neighboring state)). Alternatively, you can have a traveling tailor come down if you buy enough suits. While Arizona is certainly the middle of nowhere in terms of tailoring, I would not travel at all. The time commitment is enough as is. Add to that, lodging, food, and entertainment, and I simply cannot justify a bespoke suit. Not when I can go down to Brooks Brothers and get a Golden Fleece MTM for much much much less. Or if I really wanted, an Oxxford from NM. But then again, the Oxxford is begging the question of why spend $3500 on their MTM program when I can get a bespoke for the same price... Alright, I don't know the answer, but when I have to cross that bridge, I'll figure it out. Until then, I'll just pray the only person who makes suits locally doesn't die.
post #28 of 52
If I had a holiday in Europe, I would definitely make time for Naples. I wouldn't make the trip just for the tailoring thou.
post #29 of 52
I've traveled to London numerous times for fittings. It's a short plane hop, but a plane journey nonetheless.
post #30 of 52
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post
I think it goes something like this:

Bigger Timers have their tailors travel to them

I travel all over the US to visit clients, but have had clients travel to me from as far away as California.
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