Originally Posted by Renault78law
I'm glad you updated this thread. I'll be watching it closely. I'm still between tailors at the moment, but am considering Lim based on your experience. I believe you mentioned before that you have a strong interest in clothing (either academic or "industry" experience, or both, I can't recall). And based on the fact that you draw your own lapel, you certainly seem qualified. I'm curious, have you gone bespoke anywhere else?
The fit of your latest coat looks nice. They did a good job on pattern matching too. I know that in the past, you specified a lot of small details. Are the buttons on the sleeve one of those details? I haven't seen them spaced so far apart before; most prefer "kissing" buttons.
Hi Renault, thanks for the comments. You're right that I have a strong interest in clothing, but it isn't officially an academic pursuit. After my first jacket order at Lim (a few years ago), I tried another bespoke tailor out of curiosity (A guy named Mr. Lee on Fairfax). I had 3 shirts made and a suit. There were 5 fittings and the fit was pretty good. However, the construction methods left me wanting. He only used fusing, no canvassing at all, and was very particular about how things are done. Plus his prices were 25% more expensive than Richard. After that experience, I went back to Richard Lim and I've been happy ever since. As for details, I have almost every single sharp corner blunted. The spalla camicia took some back and forth. But they've been more than willing to learn new methods. The buttons are not a special request, except for making them working buttons. I don't really care about the "kissing" buttons. A few of my jackets have them, a few don't, I'm still not partial to one or the other.
Originally Posted by Despos
The look of the waist is askew more to the photography than it probably is in person. I look where the greatest point of suppression falls in relation to the front button. The waist looks better on the same line or above the line of the button. On this jacket it seems about right. My taste is to lower the button about 1/2" and the lower button a bit more, about 3/4" They seem a little close together. Then move the waistline down slightly to elongate the torso.
A photo at a further distance and no angle and I bet this jacket would look fine.
Thanks for the input Despos. I took some "official" shots and I think everything looks a lot better from a higher angle and farther back. The buttons are actually a tad closer together than my other jackets. I hadn't noticed it until you pointed it out. Most are about 11cm apart, this is 9.5 cm. I'll have to consider which I like more.
Here are the shots I took last night:
Side:Edited by coolal - 10/18/12 at 3:25pm