Originally Posted by Crowtservo
My ideal price point is $500. That's adjustable but I'm really looking for good value
. Obviously I would prefer bespoke and canvass, but if it's better value to get half canvass that might be OK. I'd like to avoid MTM and fused. The main reason I can't make a decision is I'm not really sure what the difference in price actually reflects. I hear people say you get better fabrics, or that the cheap one "looks like shit" but I'd love to hear some more specifics information. Is the difference that noticeable between the $5,000HKD and $10,000HKD suits? I have a few higher end OTR suits right now (Burberry, Z Zegna) and a MTM from Holt Renfrew (similar to Nordstrom's for the US) and I would be more than happy with something similarly well made (I'm not expecting it to look or fit like an Ermenegildo Zegna suit).
US$500 is not enough to get a decent suit made in HK. If that is your budget, I honestly think it is safer to get a reasonably well fitting suit OTR and have it altered. I think there are 2 big misconceptions with regards to bespoke tailoring in HK: (i) the first is that a bespoke garment will fit you perfectly/be everything you want in a suit, (ii) the second is that you can get an amazing suit at bargain prices.
With regards to (i), bespoke is an ongoing process. It's highly possible the first suit will not be right in various respects, and that the end result improves over the course of subsequent commissions. This is true even with high end tailors (in HK or anywhere else).
WIth regards to (ii), I have never seen a suit from a tailor in HK operating in the US$500 price range that fits execptionally well and looks well made. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but generally if there was a tailor cutting exceptional suits people would find out about them and they would soon be able to command more than US$500 a suit. Likewise, at US$500 the fabric and quality of construction are likely to be mediocre, hence the comments re the suit falling apart after 5 minutes.
That's why I say if US$500 is your price range you may be better off just buying off the rack and altering.