Just want to share my experience as a first time buyer looking for a bespoke suit. Hopefully my post can help others who are or looking to buy a bespoke suit for the first time.
So quick back story at the age of 26, after all the years of getting an off the peg M&S suit and having them heavily altered by a tailor, I still could not find a suit that would give a very good fit.
I am 5'7 and relatively heavy at 75 kgs, Broad shoulders, 10" chest drop and large thighs from my rugby playing days. Finding an off the peg suit that is well made was not possible.
My initial plan was to go for a 2 piece birdseye navy, bespoke or mtm suit.
After doing some research on London Tailors from this forum and few others I decided on a shortlist of the following:
Cad and the Dandy http://www.cadandthedandy.co.uk/
Chris Kerr http://www.chriskerr.com/
Henry Herbert http://www.henryherbert.com/
Elizabeth Radcliffe http://elizabethradcliffe.co.uk/
Alexandra Wood http://www.alexandrawoodbespoke.co.uk/
I went for a consultation with each one, which I recommend for everyone to do before making a decision.
It was difficult decision but from my personal preferences and experience at each consultation I decided to go with Elizabeth Radcliffe.
In our second meeting, I went for my measurements, picked a fabric and explored the different styles of a suit that would best suit my body and personality.
In the end i decided to go for a fully bespoke SB, three piece, navy birdseye. Baste fitting is scheduled in around a months time.
I will be posting updates along with pictures as I go along.
Edited by Pongy - 4/30/13 at 12:38pm