Originally Posted by Firefox
2. Since this is my first higher-quality suit, it wasn't my intention to get too many bells and whistles. In fact, surgeons cuffs were really the only thing that I had in mind. I was also planning on getting a basic level cloth. As a result, I questioned myself if the MTM option was really neccesary, at least at this stage of my wardrobe upgrade.
3. The OTR model actually fit me quite well as-is. It needed a little lengthening of the right sleeve, and the back to be brought in a tad, but other than that I think it looked pretty good.
After mentioning surgeon's cuffs to the SA, he went and confirmed with the in-house tailor that they would be able to add the cuffs to the OTR model for $50 (i.e. the same as they would charge for the cuffs on a MTM).
Since I started on SF in May this year, I've used the search button to read a lot of posts, and one of the most frequently asked questions is from someone new to suiting, wishing to immediately go to MTM or bespoke. Hell, I did this 5 years ago when I went MTM with Raja Fashions in 2007!
If you get RTW that fits you well, good construction (in terms of fabric, canvassing, etc), with minor alteration, at a reasonable price point, then there is no need at this stage - in terms of wardrobe upgrade and one's suiting knowledge and experience - to immediately go the MTM or bespoke route.
I'm 40R in RTW suits that require minor alterations. Previously, I've worn (and still wear) Charles Tyrwhitt suits - good fit but average construction in terms of fused canvassing. One of their suits with a spare of trousers would cost me £300-£400 (£300, I think). At that price level, I can get a half-canvassed suit with standard VBC super 110s - 120s fabric from Suit Supply that fit me (London range) - jacket, shame about the trousers. Upping my budget slightly for a LOT more quality, I bought half-canvassed, tropical wool Ede & Ravenscroft suit in the sale for £400 (normally £600, and each suit comes with spare pair of trousers - required minor sleeve alteration £25) . Ede & Ravenscroft are now my go-to place for suits.
Like yourself, I'm similar stature - albeit a bit smaller at 6ft and around 185lbs. So no problems with RTW in terms of fit. So, if you know a couple of brands that provide decent quality for the pricing point, then you can establish a base-point to compare other suiting brands and pricing points in terms of fit and construction. As you build up your suiting knowledge, you will be in a better position to determine what are you getting for the extra money, and whether the trade-off in terms of better construction, fabrics, etc is worth the extra expense (if indeed, you are getting better quality!). Hence, why Suit Supply seems to be the benchmark for a decent suit for the pricing point.
You can then do the same for shoes, shirts, ties, etc.
Edited by Putonghua73 - 9/30/12 at 10:58am