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Brooks Brothers MTM Process - A Review

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In late March, Brooks Brothers had one of their semi-annual made to measure events here in Chicago and I decided to take the plunge. I'm very happy with my things from Joe at MyTailor but figured it never hurts to try something new, especially when you have a brick and mortar store that you can stop in if there are issues.

Preparation:

I do suggest making an appointment or at least phoning ahead so they know to expect you. I did this and I think it helped. You can probably get away without doing it but there were a decent amount of people looking at MTM options as they had their MTM event over a weekend. If you know a particular model (Madison, Regent, Fitzgerald, Milano) fits you well and you own something in that model, wearing it helps as well. I wore an 1818 Regent suit.

Fabric Selection:

After being greated by one of the salespeople I had spoken to about coming it, I was asked what I was in the market for. Since I don't tend to wear a suit too often and already had a solid grey and solid navy suit, I decided to go for an odd jacket and trousers as well as a shirt. After looking through several different fabric books, I selected a brown herringbone Harris Tweed fabric for the odd jacket (red paisley, medium grey flannel for the trousers and a basic blue end-on-end for the shirt. Total was $1690 before tax ($480 for trousers, $1075 for jacket, $135 for shirt). I will also say that the fabric selection was great (I am not super-knowledgeable about different mills, but in terms of weights, designs and the like, you had a lot of choices, and the fabrics I got on the finished products feel quite substantial and I sense they will last awhile).

Customized Options / Measurement:

After selecting fabric, I spoke with the salesperson and tailor who was going to be fitting me about the different options. Choices for the jacket included pocket style, lapel stitching, vents and a few other things that I no longer remember. Choices for the pants included pocket style, presence of rear pockets, cuffs / no cuffs, pleats / flat front, belt / suspenders / side tabs, etc.. Choices for the shirt included collar style (they have several options), french cuffs vs. barrel, pocket on shirt / no pocket, box pleat / side pleats / plain back, etc. I opted for 3 patch, side vents and no pick stitching on the lapel for the jacket. I went with flat front, belt loops, no cuff and slanted pockets (vs. on seam) with back pockets for the trousers. For the shirt, a moderate spread collar, clean back, no pockets and french cuffs.

I was then measured my Mario, one of the tailors in the Michicagn Avenue store (and I think the head tailor there). He noted and we discussed some potential adjustments for things like erect posture. For jacket, shirt and pants, the idea is similar. You determine the best model / fit, try it on and they'll note various adjustments that need to be made. Fitting rooms were a bit crowded but I can't say I was shocked by this. I probably spent a bit over an hour on the initial visit, a decent amount of which involved looking at fabric.

Initial Fitting:

In May, I got an email informing me that my clothes were ready to try. Some minor adjustments were made to the jacket sleeves so the buttonholes could be sewn, trousers were taken in slightly in the seat and crotch area and the shirt was slimmed down a bit, particularly in the waist.

Finale / Conclusion:

I received my final garments on Monday, though they were ready several days before that. Overall, I'm pretty pleased. The pants fit and drape very nicely (I'm sure heavy flannel doesn't hurt). The jacket fits comfortably in the chest and shoulders. I may get a bit more waist suppression on my next jacket if I get one but kind of like a slightly more relaxed look with a heavy tweed and I don't consider the fit to be boxy or anything like that. Jacket and trousers both seem quite durable. For the shirt, I'll be extending the collar points a bit and see if they can slim down the sleeves if I reorder. I will try to post good pictures at some point as well.

Overall, I think that Joe Hemrajani of MyTailor provides a better value in terms of jackets and shirts. Trousers are a bit more of a toss-up, though I should really have Joe make me a pair of heavy grey flannels to get a better comparison point. I did really like the BB trousers, maybe even more than the odd jacket. I think you get a decent value during the MTM event (prices would have been about 1/3 higher had I not purchased at this time) but probably not such a great value outside of this event. I'm happy to try to answer questions to the best of my ability as well.

I'm also seeing if Luxire can nail the bit based on my measuring these trousers, so that will be interesting as well.
post #2 of 4
Flicks?
post #3 of 4
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Finally getting around to posting pictures now that I've managed to download an application that makes the camera on my Droid a good bit more functional. The brown herringbone tweed jacket definitely grew on me over time. I think some of my initial trepidation may have been due to the stiffness of the tweed. After having worn it 10+ times, it definitely seems to have molded to my body a bit better and is one of my favorite jackets. It has a nice drape to it which I appreciate.

I also picked up another MTM jacket during their September MTM event this past year. Total cost was a bit under $950 with the 20% discount they offer during their semi-annual MTM event. Very minor adjustments were made to the fit (for the second jacket which is a bit lighter (I believe 13-14 ounces vs. around 17-18), I went with a touch more waist suppression.

I simply replaced the navy suit jacket I was wearing with each odd jacket to take these pictures as I was not going to change my pants, shirt and tie for fit pictures. I generally wear these jackets with grey flannels or beige moleskins.

Pictures of the original brown herringbone Harris tweed odd jacket:





Pictures of the new odd jacket (and fabric close-up since it is not obvious from the other pictures)




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I suggest posting those in the Tailor feedback thread.

Based on my limited experience, the back balance is too long on both those jackets which is why the vents aren't sitting properly.
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