I am within 1-2 weeks of buying a suit, or two. My local men's shop offers MTM suits from H Freeman and a Southwick. I'm planning on going soft shoulders, 3/2, slightly fitted, pick stich, single vent-no hook.
Southwick was the maker of a suit I own by J Press; I have no problems with this garment, it's a little rough and stiff- even after a year in service, but otherwise it's construction and shoulders suit me fine (intended).
H. Freeman was the manufacturer of a blue blazer I purchased about this time last year. They took far longer than I had anticipated to make it, the "soft" shoulder appears lumpy to me and the construction seems outright fragile- and it is- compared to the Southwick suit, after I pinched the fabric it developed these bumpts that won't go away. It also fit me better than the OTR suit I mentioned.
Now the guy who I'm going to order it from keeps telling me that he thinks that H Freeman is making better suits at the moment, and I have no reason to not trust his judgment. However, I keep having this thought in my head: what if it's just like the blazer (which I purchased from a different men's shop when I lived in a different city). In any case, if any of you have any idea about picking between the two I'd like to hear your input. Thanks.