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.