Originally Posted by Cary Grant
I get Hamilton through my local tailor, not online. While they do have MTM fabrics that start the shirt at around $250, the price goes north pretty fast. If anybody is getting their full bespoke for $250 I'd like to know where, I've never seen an offer close to that price.
I'm please with my Hamilton thus far- but I don't have enough stock to compare. TCHouston is pleased with them as well; he has the advantage of working directly with them in Texas.
If you hit the summer sales with Hamilton, you should be able to get pretty close to $250/shirt.
I've got about 8 shirts at this point on the full bespoke program, and given the quality to price ratio (and the convenience of having them local), I don't envision ever sourcing shirts from anywhere else. The real cost for me has been the premium laundering and hand-finishing, since I want them to stay as fresh and perfect as the day they I took them home. As has been discussed before, run of the mill cleaners around here who use machines to press really struggle with the lined but unfused collars (in fact they ruined the test shirt on the first go).
Also, I made a bunch of adjustments to my pattern, but I'd imagine that for a lot of people who use Hamilton, there is virtually no difference between the MTM and bespoke, which isn't to say they aren't getting fantastically made, well-fitting shirts. But they seemed to think it was a bit odd that I actually wanted the woman who cut my pattern present at the fittings. When I (very politely) asked for the tailor to come out so I could discuss with her a couple of possible adjustments, the owner told me "uhh, I've been doing this for 20+ years, I'm certainly qualified to fit your shirt." LOL I told her, no offense, but I just want the feedback from the person who is actually making the pattern and cutting the shirts. In the end they were very accomodating, but I was a little put off by the gruff response to a request that seemed pretty fundamental in my eyes.