Originally Posted by size 38R
considering Tom Ford? classic?
just saying, the hype is not justified. many companies can give you better.
And if you went the route of buying fabric of your choice, and working with a quality tailor local to you, the results should be amazing.
print a few pictures of styles you like, select fabrics, and get measured.
you should end up with a full quality,MTM, blazer/SC. with all the options(Flannel,150's,pick stitching,silk lining,working cuffs,etc) for less than $1000.
so, you could get a "Personal Statement", or pay for a brand.
And before the brand whores burn me, i have owned Tom Ford, Brioni, E.Zegna, Isaia. and others. now going the custom route for my next suit.
I have seen MTM/ Bespoke gone wrong. Committing a few thousand dollars to get it all wrong and not wear able to wear it, is more than a kick in the nuts. (If someone offers me a MTM/ bespoke for under a thousand, I would run as far away as my legs can possibly carry me.)
What you said seemed so easy but the process of making a suit is far more complicated than that. To me, getting a suit made is like getting a hair cut at a new salon or barber. You never know what you are gonna end up with. Making suits is a journey, it gets better in time. It has trials & errors. I have no intention to spend enormous amount of time (& money) to find my own algorithm of perfecting a suit, and after painstakingly having 10 tailored suits later, to have the suit I finally want. What do I do with the previous 10? Put it in a museum?
I have suits from E. Zegna and thats the second best I have come across, having tried many across the board, Brioni, Kiton, Pal Zileri, Canali, etc, you name it. Not one of them were cut to the way I want it to be. Most of them, the waist of the jackets are too loose, button stance too high, shoulders too narrow, too wide, lapels too thin or too highly positioned, pants fitting were poor despite tailoring them, they all just don't seem quite right. I just don't feel right in them. You know it when you tried that
many suits over the years. I have spent thousands on suits I have been unhappy with.
Imagine when I first tried Tom Ford, smirking about the hype. Unexpectedly it took me by surprise how well everything came together. Even the pants fitted they way I always wanted it be but just could not conveyed it to anyone. It is almost Tom Ford knew how I wanted it to be. It is ridiculous. Stupendously ridiculous. But this is exactly how a pair of pants should fit. That's my insanity towards great fitting pants. I was sold to TF when the pants fitted, and how it came together so well with the suit jacket. Pants has always always been my biggest hurdles. I am meticulous in spotting the slightest discrepancy when it comes to pants and I can be difficult when dealing with tailors - they all hate me.
OTR Tom Ford fitted me well with slight adjustments if needed. Why should I devote a trial of time and money to get something close to it? I don't want to come across as blowing the horn for TF, not like it needs any with the hype from the celebrities.
I can see why others enjoy MTM/ Bespoke. To others, it is more than making a perfect suit. It is the journey it takes, the service, the relationship that evolved with the tailor, or whatever that may be. When they wear their MTM/Bespoke suit, it takes back to the painstaking journey of creating one, and they wear the suit, they wear it with tremendous pride. My keen eye for what I want in a suit does not coincide well with any tailor (I have been) at this point. I have found my grail. Till my taste evolves, I stick by them for now.
But I won't dismiss MTM/ bespoke just yet.