Originally Posted by David Reeves
I think you need to test drive to tell the difference. The economics of producing a $500 suit just don't make sense and are a big reason for why I think its unacceptable. Someone in that relationship is getting short shrift whether it be buyer or maker. I believe in good product and being paid a fair wage for it, i don't think theres anything wrong with that. Im not going to get suckered into an argument over $500 suits and justifying what I do or what Savile row does because its distasteful and rather beneath me to be fair.
The economics of producing a $500 suit - Manufactured and cut to fit a generic shape/figure. Quality of the construction is not going to be as high, and it will not be tailored for the customer. That doesn't mean that there don't exist people for whom those suits do fit with minimal altering, and for the people in that group, this suit is certainly acceptable.
I'm not saying that bespoke does not have its place, it certainly does, and there is value in it for people who have the means to afford it. That doesn't mean you have to look down at anything less than bespoke as being unacceptable.