Yes, I am buying online mtm, nor am I ashamed of that fact. If it turns out poorly, then I will return it.
Edited by Chase H - 11/8/12 at 11:24pm
I figured it would be a bit more accurate, and nobody at the dorm had a tape measure.
Also, what's wrong with blacklapel? People who've tried both Indochino and Black lapel compare the latter very favorably, from what I've seen.
I'm completely serious. I know that online MTM has a very bad reputation, and that Indochino attracts most of the flack due to being the highest-profile. From what I've heard of reviews from Black Lapel, though, it doesn't suffer from the same problems as Indochino. So what's wrong with Black Lapel?
I prefer the customization options, and I've not had much success in the past fitting RTW suits. I'm rather skinny, and although the quality from Indochino was utter shit, the fit came out almost exactly perfectly. The only thing that needed fixing was the sleeves. I don't truly need MTM, I just have a strong preference, and I like what I've seen of Black Lapel so far. They're not trying gimmicky garbage, they're not using fused jackets and trying to pass them off as something else, and I'm told their customer service is much better than that of Indochino. Is there a compelling reason not to buy from Black Lapel? I am aware that buying MTM online is discouraged due to bad experiences with sites like Indochino, but I've also heard only positive reviews of BlackLapel, as opposed to the frequent negativity regarding Indochino. The optimist in me hopes they're different.
I did the same thing -- because I wanted to make sure it was right the first time, with no alterations needed.
Chase, if it makes you feel any better, I went to the "best" tailor in town. He charged me $50, spent the entire time acting incredibly offended and telling me that I was stealing from him, putting him out of business, etc. Then he told me if I wanted measurements for a shirt and jeans it would be another $50. Each. I declined. I found out later that the list of measurements he'd given me wasn't even complete. I went to a seamstress and she did the rest plus the shirt and jeans for free.
I wasn't 100% confident in either of them because the pictures of measurements didn't exactly match how I remembered them measuring (I went through iTailor for the first suit and MakeYourOwnJeans for the jeans). So I remeasured a few things myself.
I ended up with a suit that I'd have had to gain another 50-75 pounds to fit properly, and I'm not a skinny guy. I guess the tailor was giving me suit measurements rather than the body measurements I needed since I used his for most of those numbers. I spent $150 in alterations and even with them the only thing that looks right is the shoulders. (the pants feel OK -- waist and length is good, but they're a big baggy and look rumpled because the hip/knee measurements I used weren't right)
So the next suit (which is the one I'll wear for my wedding in January) I'm doing with BlackLapel, and using their concierge service.
I highly recommend you try it, too. It's free, and they've been incredibly helpful. Go buy a $2 tape measure and have one of your dormmates measure you, and have another one take a photo of each measurement so the concierge can tell you if you've got the tape in the right place (shoulders and arms were a pain, and they're the most expensive things to fix if they're wrong, too). I ordered a shirt today (was going to anyway) at her recommendation because if the measurements are right, the shirt will fit well and not need alterations; and if it does, they're much easier and faster to do than altering a suit, and we'll know what to fix with the suit when I order that.
The jeans from MakeYourOwnJeans were a couple inches too big in the waist (my fault -i added to her measurement because I didn't want to order something that would be too small) which isn't a big deal, I can wear a belt.. but they were also maybe 1-2 inches too short. They don't look toooo bad when I'm standing, but when I crouch down, it's a bit much. And I ordered them with stretchy denim and a reinforced gusset and knees because I intended to be crouching down in them a lot -- I do a lot of photography and I'd torn a pair of old comfortable jeans crouching down to snap some photos at the zoo a few weeks beforehand. I'd definitely order from them again, though. I just have a hard time swallowing paying $150 for another pair of jeans. :)