Paul, thank you for the insights into your bespeaker journey. Would you care to elaborate a little in your thinking when writing:
"It’s really worth trying this tailor as he won’t let you down and represents, according to me, the best value for money I’ve seen on the bespoke market.", as I'm thinking strongly about moving from MTM to bespoke.
This not to pit say Rispense against NSM or SR in a SF war on who's the best, and there can be only one tailor to rule them all.
I'm more thinking in somewhat softer terms - what makes you lean to Ripense instead of others, from your personal standpoint? Is it the easy access, the staff, the experience and understanding that evolves between bespeaker and client over a longer period? Is it the handwork and cloth selection?
Naturally it's a combination of all mentioned. But still.. you must have written as you did for a reason.
Of course I don't mind. I consider that Ripense's price is very fair in regards to the handwork (almost everything is handstitched and beautifully done, it's not handstitching for the sake of it), the cut that is wonderful, the know-how and flexibility of this tailoring house as they know how to do most things (spalla camicia, spalla cadente morbida, a roped shoulder). He clearly became a friend as well which is never an issue as far as I'm concerned. He travels easily and without complaining whereas NSM proved to be a pain in the $ss to get them to come to Paris (and therefore I refused to order anything as they were so picky while we organized 5 people ordering without them lifting a finger).
I'm not a great fan of the overly unstructured Neapolitan jackets as well so that might explain a bit.
The tailors employed in house by Andrea are really skilled and work very well.
Cloth selection is normal and I always found what I was looking for. It wasn't the most spectacular selection though he must have around 50-60 bunches at least.