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Mate, you're always taking a punt, the only way to find out if they're any good is to try them out.  There are certain things you can look for like the quality of their handwork, such as asking if they do any handfinishing and asking to see their buttonholes for example, but there are only indicators.  There's no point in lots of handwork on a garment that doesn't fit at all.  

Here you'll find some posters saying that it takes a couple or even three iterations to get a really great fit and I would tend to agree with that, it takes time to know each other and work out the tailors capabilities and for him to learn about you.

Thanks, I think I get what you mean now. So it's less about the absolute skill of the tailor as it is as much about service they offer: how well they communicate and listen to their clients?
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Where do you guys find good tweed jackets? I feel like even though there is an abundance on eBay, the majority are very unattractive, low quality, cut huge, or all three combined. 

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My experience with an online maker ended up being almost (but not quite) as expensive as a local; multiple major adjustments had to be made.

It may have been down to the measurements taken by the local tailor - maybe not as much care was taken, knowing that the info would be used by someone else.

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Thanks, I think I get what you mean now. So it's less about the absolute skill of the tailor as it is as much about service they offer: how well they communicate and listen to their clients?

 

Aye, to put it another way there's art as well as science involved.  As ojaw I had a similar experience with online ordering, and by the way with made-to-measure outfits who did not really do bespoke.  M2M convenient to you where measurements are taken in person and a garment fitted on you is also better than bespoke over the ether or it must be said a poor bespoke tailor.

 

I'm not trying to put you off but just make you aware of the complexities involved, and this is before we get into getting a garment made for you that may not suit your body type, various types of construction and handwork etc.

 

Most of us I think make the decision based on a personal and almost entirely subjective sense of whether we get on with the tailor, and how honest we feel they are.  By honest I mean forthright in terms of time needed, the type of work they can do and the feedback they give you on what your choices are.

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If you're going in blind then the above advice is about all that anyone can say.  Your only alternative is reputation, especially from folks you personally trust.  If there isn't anyone around who has tried the tailor you're thinking of trying you absolutely are punting the first garment.  Call it money spent on education.

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Some jackets from my tweed collection. Corneliani for Polo, Partenopea and Zegna
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Some jackets from my tweed collection. Corneliani for Polo, Partenopea and Zegna

last one is Zegna? It's nice

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Originally Posted by rodaman View Post

last one is Zegna? It's nice

Yep, it's a Mila fit.

Not really a tweed. It's 100% cashmere.
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Originally Posted by mactire View Post

Aye, to put it another way there's art as well as science involved.  As ojaw I had a similar experience with online ordering, and by the way with made-to-measure outfits who did not really do bespoke.  M2M convenient to you where measurements are taken in person and a garment fitted on you is also better than bespoke over the ether or it must be said a poor bespoke tailor.

I'm not trying to put you off but just make you aware of the complexities involved, and this is before we get into getting a garment made for you that may not suit your body type, various types of construction and handwork etc.

Most of us I think make the decision based on a personal and almost entirely subjective sense of whether we get on with the tailor, and how honest we feel they are.  By honest I mean forthright in terms of time needed, the type of work they can do and the feedback they give you on what your choices are.

I appreciate the cander, thank you. It's all worth considering... Simply paying more or going real bespoke doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a better item at all. For what it's worth, I'm 24, check... 25 now, and I'm a fraction under 6 foot with a slim to average build. I say this simply because I don't *think* my body type is too demanding or complex. It does depend of course, but sometimes and OTR jacket (which is almost all my jackets to date) fit remarkably well, usually just with a tweak at the cuffs. So for a bespoke jacket it's mostly just about having something unique, with all the details I like, something that'll last a long, long time. The idea that it won't fit me didn't really even come to mind.

But I'll approach it openly. The next step is really just meeting them and speaking to them properly about it all, see if I can gauge things off them. You can be sure I'll post up for abortion of a £650 tweed jacket in a couple of months or so biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by OlSarge View Post

If you're going in blind then the above advice is about all that anyone can say.  Your only alternative is reputation, especially from folks you personally trust.  If there isn't anyone around who has tried the tailor you're thinking of trying you absolutely are punting the first garment.  Call it money spent on education.
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