Well, back from Thailand now. Since you guys helped me, I guess you deserve a review.
Be warned, this is long, and I won't get my suit for another week or so...
Cliffnotes - 2 fittings, 1 jacket, 2 pants, 3 shirts, cufflink, tie for 16,000 Baht. Happy with the service and measurements. Will re-review when I get the suit. Will TRY to re-review in a years time.
Rajawongse, on Sukhumvit, Near Soi 4, in Bangkok, Thailand @ http://www.dress-for-success.com/
Seemed to go well. I was in Bangkok for 4 nights, then back in Bangkok around 9 days later, but only for a few hours... and that was a Sunday when they are shut. He said I could pick them up from my 'old hotel' or a nearby shop on that Sunday.... but it was just easier to get him to post it back to Australia for me (turns out that was our only option, but we didn't know that at the time). Hopefully I get it in the post in a bit over a week. I'm positive he could have made it inside the four nights (Well, we went to his shop when we were there for only 3 more nights left for us in Bangkok, given the time our plane landed).... but, he didn't want to rush it, and I wouldn't have let him anyway.
I had the measuring then two fittings.
He was fantastic.
Besides the father or son, very few (effectively none?) staff appeared to speak English, and always referred me to either the father or the son when I started speaking.... which meant that sometimes, service took 5-10minutes... but, they had seats and offered beer and water.
Their charcoal birds eye didn't look quite formal enough for what I wanted (and was SUper 180 wool/cashmere), so I did, actually, end up with a Charcoal Herringbone. It is a very small, subtle, pattern, and looks solid from a distance. I'm not 100% sure that I'll be comfortable wearing Herringbone shirts (of a different size pattern) with it.... but I've only got three HB shirts at the moment (and, remember, I now have 3 suits, so won't always wear this light HB suit).
Ended up with:
2 Matching Pants
1 Cufflink pair
I wouldn't be surprised if he chucked in another cufflink pair and/or tie into the delivery bag... but, we didn't haggle to include either, yet he threw one of each in when I paid the balance.
He did the whole 'This shop doesn't haggle on price thing'... whilst we were haggling, and then he still dropped an extra 600 baht from the price.
The suit was 12,000 Baht.
Then for another 4,000 Baht I got the extra pants and 3 shirts (and free cufflink and tie). I think he fairly easily offered me the extra pants for 2,000 Baht instead of the normal (IIRC) 4,000.... but wasn't particularly easy to 'haggle with' for the rest of it.
IIRC shirts were suppose to be 2,100 baht each...but, perhaps not?
I paid 16,000. I'd call that a bit of a win, considering what he wanted to charge me. I was hoping to only pay 12,000 all up (when I was still researching)... but came to the conclusion that was unrealistic (see, eg, another high quality tailor at http://www.tailoronten.com/pages/prices ). Delivery was, unfortunately, 1,500 Baht. But, I suppose, posting that many suits just isn't cheap via FedEx and, that's just the way life is.
Of course, they keep my measurements on file...so if I'm happy with this lot, I can easily order more. Especially more shirts.... but, if delivery will be $50 again... it'd probably only be really a great deal if you go in and grab five shirts or more. IIRC, at 2,100 baht this is $70. Add $50 delivery. = $120 for one shirt. You just wouldn't bother. But, at five shirts, it'd be $80/shirt.... and you might even be able to do a deal like buy 4, get 1 free? Not sure.
I ended up with a half-canvass jacket (they ONLY offer half-canvassing).
The only real part I'm a little worried about, is I chose a Super 150 wool/cashmere blend... I wanted a lower number, and pure wool... but, the material seemed nice (they had a made-up jacket there of the same material, which looked nice, as well as the fabric roll). He assured me that all of his suit fabrics were wool/cashmere blends, and they all wear very well. I should have found out what percentage cashmere it was. He told me to email him when I get the suit, so I'll do it then and ask.
Then, of course, when I try on my suit, I'll be sure to post back here with how it fits, feels, etc.
After reading posts like http://www.styleforum.net/t/97245/downside-of-wool-cashmere-blend-for-suiting I have much more confidence in the cashmere/wool blend. Considering that, all things considered, it's a fairly cheap... I'm only assuming it'll be like 8%. I don't know why 8% rings a bell, but it does. I have no confidence in it being 8%... but, if I was forced to guess a number, it'd be 8%. The comment in that thread was: [quote]6-19% cashmere content makes the fabric a little softer but also makes it weaker. At this level, the resultant softness is not worth the additional weakness and the price becomes much higher compared to 100% wool[/quote]... but, that isn't a terrible review and Google seems to like 5-10% cashmere suits a touch more than Film Noir Buff.
I'll try to remember to re-post in a years time. Considering I'll be wearing 3 suits Mon-Fri.... you'd expect me to wear this maybe 40-45% of the time (probably my highest quality, and certainly the best fitting and newest), my navy pin stripe 30-35% and my grey pinstripe (I so need more non-blue shirts to wear with this) 25-30%....
So, in a years time, you'd expect me to have worn this new Rajawongse suit about 100-120 times... how will it fair? I guess if I like it still, it will be time to expand my wardrobe to four suits in a year. Will it be from Rajawongse?