I'm graduating from college next month and feel it's a good time to buy my first well tailored suit. I will be traveling this summer and will have access to tailors in SF, NYC, and parts of Asia (Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea)
I've been reading a lot of previous posts about well reviewed tailors, but it's hard to figure out which one will be best for me, so I thought I would make my own post.
The only suit I have right now is an OTR 36R from H&M that I throw on for random job fairs or for the random trip to Vegas.
Here are my specific questions and details:
Budget -- Preferably 400-800$. Price is not that big of an issue, but I have a feeling my first suit may be a learning experience...
While I eventually would like to purchase a bespoke suit from Chans, I don't think it would be best to drop $1500+ on my first suit as I am not even sure what kind of suit I really want.
Purpose -- I will be working in the tech industry where everyone wears casual clothing (hoodies+jeans). I want my first suit to be more of an all-purpose suit where I can throw on for semi-formal events such as holiday parties, weddings, or outings in the city. I assume navy/gray is best for this?
Style -- I'm only 22 years old, so I'm sure some fabrics would probably not be as age appropriate as others. Fit and texture will definitely be an importance for me.
- Should I look at international or domestic tailors? I initially planned on scheduling a meeting with Propersuit, but then I read about how suits can be found for much cheaper in Asia.
- If I do go international (lets say Hong Kong), what companies are ideal for my specifications? I don't think it would be best to jump straight to Gordon Yao/Chans pricing level, so who would be next in my price range? Sams/Punjab/Raja? How does HK tailors compare to other Asian countries like Thailand or Korea?
- What are some beginner mistakes when purchasing a suit I should try to avoid?
- Do these tailors also be able to make individual sports coats/blazers?
Here are some styles that I like. I guess the last picture is just a sports coat, but its similar to something I want.