Although I have been following the forum for a while, this is my first post. The question I have is the following. I am having my first bespoke suite made here in NYC. The cloth I selected is a Dormeuil Amadeus. I am 6’ 2” and weight 175 lbs. Assuming that I would need 3.5 meters of cloth, which probably retails for $150 per meter ($450) plus $50 for Bemberg lining, horn buttons & other materials, it would yield $500 in raw costs for the tailor. He wants to charge me $3,000. He said that the patterns would be designed in NY, but assembly made overseas (which I think is a marketing word for China). Construction of a bespoken suit requires 80 hours which tells me that they charge $30 per hour for something that is mainly made in China.
I think that the mark-up is too much. I was planning to bargain him down to $2,500. Am I too aggressive?
In any event I have to investigate more because I do not understand how I can get a basted fitting if assembly is made overseas.
Thanks a lot