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post #136 of 149
I agree with Foo and others that the sleeves look like they need to be rotated a touch. As for the button stance--it looks high in the pics, but they're rather low-angle. This tends to distort button stance, IME.

Looks like it will turn out nicely when he's finished with the tweaks, but I still can't say it's won a convert to the structured silhouette or strong shoulders. I have been for awhile and remain partial to a much softer look.
post #137 of 149
I think the left sleeve looks good the right is a touch off. These slim sleeves, armholes and close shoulders are going to cause movement a whole lot more than a sleeve you swim in like a lot of OTR or more fuller cut sleeves, sometimes the finer something is the more apparent slight issues become and unfortunately these slight fit issues are often quite fiddly to fix.
post #138 of 149
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Not that Richard isn't immensely competent, but it's also clear that he's running a business and needs to allocate his time and resources

I thought running a business was about taking care of clients and making sure they are well cared for. I get everything wrong sometimes! I guess Joe at C&M doesn't know how to run a business.
post #139 of 149
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I thought running a business was about taking care of clients and making sure they are well cared for. I get everything wrong sometimes! I guess Joe at C&M doesn't know how to run a business.

Yes, although I am a big RA fan I do feel its a shame you didn't stick with C and M. Often we in the business look at first commissions as something to break even on or potentially lose on, we often only really start to make any kind of money from repeat business.

C and M although acting smooth probably went through hell and a lot of time to get the suit right for you, at seven fittings they burned a lot of time and money on alterations, no doubt with the hope of repeat business.

Not to make you feel bad just giving you my perspective.
post #140 of 149
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Yes, although I am a big RA fan I do feel its a shame you didn't stick with C and M.

 

Wasn't it the other way round? From the opening lines of medtech_expat's opening post that started off this thread:

 

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I commissioned my first SR project last week, a 3-piece navy in Lesser golden bale. I was assisted by Clive Gilkes, and my measurements were taken by Richard.

 

The above implies to me that he commissioned his RA suit first and C&M second.

 

What are your thoughts on who gets your next commission medtech_expat?

 

- Julian

post #141 of 149
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Just to clarify, I have every expectation that Richard will make things right. Even in its present form, one could argue that the results are within the acceptable range for a first commission. I''m also aware that SFers are more detail oriented and specific as to their desired outcomes than the general bespoke population, so overall I'm more "not yet satisfied" as opposed to dissatisfied.

Regarding C&M, I'm well aware of the investment in time and resources that Joe had put into my first commission. My mention of 7-8 fittings wasn't at all a complaint, as the finished product is close to perfect as I could imagine. But rather, it was to contrast the comparative approaches that I experienced with RA.

I can't really say for sure which of the two would get my next commission - but Joe is currently finishing up a second...
post #142 of 149
medtech - are the prices comparable?
post #143 of 149
Thread Starter 
RA is about 10% more, IIRC. RA charges the ex-VAT price, while C&M charges full price and refunds VAT upon receipt of the export stamp.
post #144 of 149
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RA is about 10% more, IIRC. RA charges the ex-VAT price, while C&M charges full price and refunds VAT upon receipt of the export stamp.

Thanks.
post #145 of 149
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Just to clarify, I have every expectation that Richard will make things right. Even in its present form, one could argue that the results are within the acceptable range for a first commission. I''m also aware that SFers are more detail oriented and specific as to their desired outcomes than the general bespoke population, so overall I'm more "not yet satisfied" as opposed to dissatisfied.

Regarding C&M, I'm well aware of the investment in time and resources that Joe had put into my first commission. My mention of 7-8 fittings wasn't at all a complaint, as the finished product is close to perfect as I could imagine. But rather, it was to contrast the comparative approaches that I experienced with RA.

I can't really say for sure which of the two would get my next commission - but Joe is currently finishing up a second...

Why do you prefer the RA approach?
post #146 of 149
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Originally Posted by David Reeves View Post

Why do you prefer the RA approach?

I suspect you may not fully understand my posts...
post #147 of 149
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Originally Posted by medtech_expat View Post

I suspect you may not fully understand my posts...

Too busy to read them all right now.
post #148 of 149
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Ju I''m also aware that SFers are more detail oriented and specific as to their desired outcomes than the general bespoke population

 

I hope that is code for "more idiotic and pedantic while lacking any real understanding of the overall concept".

post #149 of 149
Not sure if it has been noted, but Peter Smith (formally from Huntsman) has recently joined Richard Anderson. http://www.richardandersonltd.com/pages/the-people

My understanding is that Huntsman has been going through constant ownership changes, and Richard Anderson might just be the spiritual successor of the old Huntsman, now more than ever. Any Huntsman clients plan to, or have already gone to Richard Anderson?

I don't have bespoke experience yet, but RA has a warm place in my heart. I enjoyed his book, and reading about the Huntsman of old. Of all the sartorial dreams that i have abandoned (mostly due to a better understanding of such things) having some RA bespoke is still on my wish list...
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