Originally Posted by cpadude
This recommendation is long overdue:
I took the advice of some members on this Forum to visit Mr Chris Despos at his fine retail shop on Oak Ave. here in Chicago. I was looking to have altered two Brooks Brothers suits that needed a bunch of work, but for which I was willing to pay the price. I needed the waist taken in, sleeves lengthened, pants waist taken in, and the sleeves rotated. The more he asked me about how I wanted it to look, the higher the price became for the work required. I was still willing to pay, even though the tailor work was getting to be around ~50-60% of the suit.
Chris then flat out told me that it wasn't even worth spending that much money on the tailoring, because the suit wouldn't hold up to the rigors of de-construction and then re-construction. He then talked to me for 30 minutes about the finer points to look for in a suit, brands that would work on my body type, stores to visit in the area, and even when certain stores had their sales. This was all over and beyond what was required or expected of a tailor - I certainly didn't expect him to turn down work, and keep in mind that he was not paid for any of his time. He could have tailored my two suits per my instructions and made a decent chunk of change, instead he forgoed that opportunity and took some time to push me in a more satorial direction.
Essentially what I'm saying is that Chris is an excellent resource and a great tailor.
Yes, Chris does get it. He's very real world. He understands that one stye does not fit all. And he'll nicely urge you toward suits that fit your profession, event, weather etc. etc. He really thinks it thru with you. And he's with it with what is appropriate today and helps you avoid looking like a guy going to a costume party, in a musical, selling ice cream, a member of the Sopranos, etc. etc. Other than his occassional shoe choices he's fairly hip