Thanks for the input re: marino wool. I was assuming that if I was going to pay that much for a wool sweater, I might as well get a cashmere instead.
About the hobby issue---I also like traveling. Perhaps if I have a strong desire to get custom made clothes one of these days, I should be trecking off to Vietnam and bringing back a whole bunch of custom-fit clothes...and I am not saying this tounge in cheek. Obviously, it would require alot of research, but perhaps a slew of custom made clothes here in the USA costs the same as a trip to Vietnam and getting all custom suits, jackets, and sports coats over there, with a fun trip to boot! :)