Hi all -
I am fairly new to posting (have been lurking for quite some time) and thought i would utilize this thread to keep track of my search for a Tuxedo (Sept 2014 wedding). This will be my first MTM/Bespoke purchase in general, so the whole process of even finding a person or place has been a bit overwhelming. Hopefully this thread can assist others in the future when searching for a MTM/Bespoke/OTR Tuxedo and or Tailor in Chicago.
So far, I have found the names and potential options of the below places and or persons. I will keep this thread updated if/when I speak and or visit. If anyone has additional suggestions I am all ears.
At this time I am leaning towards a midnight blue, Shawl collar (but this misses prefers a peak lapel), single button setup.
Chris Despos - While I do not think Chris's work can be disputed, it is simply out of my budget. I sent Chris an email inquiry, he responded promptly and thoroughly. I hope to discuss a bespoke blue blazer with him down the road.
Nicholas Joseph - While I was not able to find many reviews on this company I visited them this morning. The personnel were very friendly and communication via email was prompt and thorough.
Thoughts: if there were no other options available in Chicago - I do not think i would have an issue using them for a tux. They offer half canvassed jackets, 110, 120, 140 fabrics an a myriad of options for shirts as well. I tried on a midnight blue/shawl collar and a black/peak lapel tux they had on the showroom floor - to my surprise they actually fit fairly well. Stitching seemed well done and uniform, the sleeve buttons were functional, lining was nice, and they do a bit of a roped shoulder which I really love. It was an overall nice experience.
(a gentleman was in for his initial fitting while I was there. I observed from my area, and to my untrained eye the suit fit well - no creases in upper/lower back/ arms were good length/ no pulling in the front)
Oxxford - to be contacted
Paul Chang Tailor - Called this afternoon and left a voicemail - will update when I receive a return call
Ralph Lauren - Called the downtown location and spoke to Mark. He was very friendly. He advised they have their trunk show in September and it would be good to come in during that time to save some costs. If I am in the city between now and then I will stop by and see him.
Brooks Brothers - to be contacted
Richard Bennett - to be contacted
Thanks for any suggestions!