I posted this on AAAC also, but like many, I discovered AAAC and Styleforum when seeking to learn more about bespoke and made to measure suits. After reading various excellent posts, I think I am now settled on commissioning a MTM suit from Cad and the Dandy (barring any last minute advice from fellow forum users causing a last minute change of mind...).
In the course of undertaking my own research I found the most helpful information came from people who had visited, used various tailors and were able to submit reviews and advice. So as to give something back to the community (as I'm kind like that...), and if people are interested, I am intending to give updates and a review on my experience with CATD, the finished article and ultimately post some photos at the end of it.
So on that note... a bit of background...
I have to say, my starting point for deciding to venture into the world of bespoke / MTM tailoring has not been sparked by a love of the art form of tailoring...simply a desire to dress and look as well as I possibly can. Inevitably, I ended up here. The high street suit just won't cut it.
Besides, after struggling through my trainee days and now being a fully fledged lawyer, I figured that it was time to start dressing as such.
The suit spec is straightforward. Two or three piece. Navy half milled with a thin stripe. Slim fitting and sharp. Something smart enough for court, that won't look out of place in the pub at the end of the day and suitable for a 28 year old.
I have spent the last few weeks trawling the boards here and at style forum and for the price bracket I am looking at, the options seem to be CATD, Suit Supply, Dress2Kill and A Suit that Fits.
Something about the D2K and AStF...just seemed a bit naff and so the choice was down to CATD or SS.
So last week I paid a visit to both.
First up was CADT at their Savile Row shop. I spent a good 45 minutes in the shop chatting to one of their cutters and another chap who works there - not sure if he is a cutter / tailor.
Really friendly guys who despite me dropping in unannounced without an appointment made time to speak with me and take me through some of their cloth books.
Next up was SS. Completely different atmosphere. A little like walking into Uniqlo or H & M. Unless I misunderstood their service, you pick out a suit and then they will alter it on site within a few days. For me, I do not really see the great benefit in this - I have (due to my lack of height) always had my high street suits altered. Whilst it is slightly more convenient to have the suit altered in the same store, for me, this is not sufficient reason to buy a suit there.
And so...for now the choice is CADT with an consultation booked for next week.
Like I said, if people are interested I am more than happy to post updates / photos.
There are couple of pieces of advice that would be helpful if anyone could provide.
Firstly, have I made a good choice with CADT?
Secondly, what should I expect at the consultation? What is the usual process.
Thirdly (and this may be a very silly question), for the measuring, what should one wear to it to ensure that measurements are easy to take - are jeans and a casual shirt OK?
Finally, I am having a dilemma with the suit trousers - to turn up or not to turn up... any advice?