Originally Posted by braised
Time to be Jeffersonian about this. Collect data about what you have and how you use it.
Chart out all of your good clothes, separate suits from odd jackets and then group by color (gray, blue, tan, etc) within seasonal sets (summer,3 season, winter). No hard rules, just allcoate them out.
Round 1 of analysis is to see what is duplicative and where holes may be.
Round 2 is to take the vertically arrayed list and add a couple of columns for seasons. Print it out, put it on, in or by your dresser.
Everytime you wear a garment, mark a stroke in the column/box.
After a year or two you'll know how what you wear and what you dont and can make reasoned decisions about what to keep, what to dispose and what to add.
Lets talk in a year's time,
Thanks - but any Butler/Valet will know perfectly well how to do this job, thats not the subject of the thread!
Originally Posted by Holdfast
This is being approached from the wrong end of the equation.
Bespoke clothes after this point are simply another discretionary luxury purchase. The act of wearing them or dressing well has much less to do with it. Buy them if you enjoy the process of buying and owning them. It's not rocket science. For some people it's stamps, others coins, others watches, others clothes. If people enjoy the process and the ownership, good for them and more power to them.
Yes but there is a difference as I remarked earlier: "Additional thought: If you have a hobby like collecting art or cars, at least you can look at it and use them - and other people can enjoy it as well - you don't take friends or guests for a tour of a gentleman's wardrobe - so Bespoke overload perhaps!"
[quote=Lightbringer;4361366]Foo, I think over-collecting bespoke is distinct from over-collecting cheaper clothes precisely because of its exalted status and price.
Originally Posted by Cary Grant
Butler- what about seasonality?
Unless one lives in an area with ostensibly one season, even 100 bespoke garments would normally mean some sizeable portion are limited to a particular season.
So the question is about rotating a much smaller seasonal number, yes?
I'm not going to say that I'll never again get a new suit or odd coat. Replaceing favorites as they wear out is a strong possibility.
Partly proves my point!
Originally Posted by sellahi22
No, the bespoke part of the question is relevant. With bespoke, you can get exactly what you want. If you only buy RTW, you will rarely get exactly what you want and need to keep acquiring stuff to fill in the gaps. Kind of like when you're starving and pig out on junk food, when a moderate amount of nutritious food would sate your hunger.
I don't think you need to restrict bespoke purchases to items that are part of your core rotation. Once you have established a solid foundation of basics, it's ok to indulge a little. For example iammatt posted a cream dupioni suit once. I know I would hardly ever wear it but it's so cool that it remains on my shopping list (albeit not very close to the top).
Originally Posted by S. Magnozzi
Perhaps you should read the thread before posting...
Thank you very much!!
Originally Posted by academe
Butler seems like an honest and forthright chap, based on my experience with him on this forum.
...And I personally know of at least one person who posts here who has commissioned >300 bespoke (coats, suits) garments in their lifetime, so >100 doesn't seem so far-fetched, especially given age and wealth.
Might be worthwhile reading some of the OPs posts to understand what he's really getting at, rather than just posting some thing reactionary. Just sayin'...
Thank you very much!!