I love the pick stitching in the photos above! And I'll gladly have a go at the contest for a free suit:
I'm a college senior, so unlike most here in the Classic Menswear section of StyleForum, I don't have a closet full of bespoke suits. That certainly doesn't keep me from being an enthusiast of fine menswear, though! I've been an avid reader of SF for the better part of two years now, and I can honestly say that this site has changed my life. Okay, not really, but it has absolutely changed my preferences for clothing and has given me a greater appreciation for dressing nicely. My wardrobe has slowly but steadily improved, however I still have a long way to go. I have defined and refined my preferences in most areas, but for the time being, a lack of funding has kept me from building the wardrobe I desire. But I've learned to be okay with that, as building a fine wardrobe is a slow process. Still, it kinda sucks to have champagne tastes on a beer budget.
There are some fantastic and inspiring dressers here on SF, and I'm thankful for the insight they share and the pictures they provide. I hope to one day be able to contribute such quality content myself, for the benefit of others. And Tiberias, like you, I too am inspired by the suits of Mr. Harvey Specter. Love those rakish three pieces with peak lapels! Usually solid colored from what I've seen, and always with a coherent shirt and tie combination. I can't help but feel that if I donned one of Harvey Specter's suits, I'd have the same charisma and confidence he does.
Well, perhaps not, but I have heard the comparison of a great suit to a suit of armor.
All that said, my ideal custom suit from Tiberias would be a mid gray three piece in a year-round wool. I live in Texas, so I certainly wouldn't want something in a heavy winter fabric, but who knows where I may end up? As I currently only have one other suit, I would want this suit to be something conservative enough for occasions such as interviews, but fun enough for attending a wedding. "Conservative" doesn't have to mean boring! As for some of the details, I'm imagining a two button suit with side vents. As much as I love me some nice peak lapels, I'd have to opt for notch, simply because they're more appropriate for the settings in which my suit would be worn. I do have almost a bit of a fetish for wide lapels, though nothing too extreme. I'm thinking somewhere around 4 inches. I also like a slightly higher gorge than the norm, though again, nothing too extreme. I also really like the look of very slightly padded, or even totally unpadded shoulders, something which is hard to find in RTW. Pick stitching along the lapel edges is a must! Give me some open quarters for a nice "X" look to the jacket as well. And of course, what good is a custom suit without hand stitched button holes and functioning cuff buttons? Actually, I wouldn't know, but folks here say they are all the rage, so I'll take 'em!
As for the trousers, perhaps I'm in the minority here, but I prefer pleats! Yes that's right, pleats I say! I think they're a classic look and I enjoy the functionality they offer by giving more room when seated. I'll also take cuffs on the trousers, on the order of 1.75 inches.
Of course, none of the details matter if the fit isn't right! The "right fit" is sometimes open to interpretation, so I'll do my best to convey how I like my suits to fit: I want enough room in the chest and shoulders to allow the lapels to lay flat against my chest, but not so much as to cause unnecessary wrinkling. I like a nipped waist, but nothing too drastic. Sleeves should allow for about a half inch of shirt cuff to show. As for the trousers, I like a traditional rise, none of this skinny "low rise" business. I want enough room throughout the leg so the trousers drape nicely when standing and aren't tight when I sit, however, I don't want clown pants. And I'll take a slight break, please. I certainly don't want tons of fabric pooling around my ankles!
Well, that's my dream of a perfect custom suit. Something versatile, and the vest would be reserved for the most formal of occasions. Perhaps my own wedding someday. Not really sure if this is what you were looking for in an entry, Tiberias, so I'll change it if necessary if Stitchy posts an official contest with more defined rules. In the meantime, I'll cross my fingers and dream of a custom suit to wear to my first "real" job interview.
Perhaps if I have a suit from Tiberias, I'll be taken more serious(ly)!
Ha. Thanks for reading, and I hope this post wasn't too long!