Long time lurker, first time poster.
I have only in the last few months started to update my wardrobe to things that actually fit and are of (relatively) timeless style. However, I am still fairly new to this whole thing, this is going to be an expensive life-long affair I think. I'm well looking forward to my first bespoke suit a few years down the way.
For now, I need a first good suit.
Being a first suit, I'll go 100% wool dark navy, two button, SB, medium width notched lapels, preferably suspender buttons (but can add those myself if need be) etc - no problems here.
Where the problem starts is:
1: There is no local tailor where I live (Taranaki, New Zealand)
2: There are no menswear stores that don't only sell junk in my area, but even if I found something decent - I have nowhere to get it altered.
3: I am on a budget maximum of about $450 usd
4: I seem to have unusual measurements...
I have been lurking ebay for a few months, but can't seem to find anything that will fit. One of the big problems is that, because there is no local tailor, I can't buy anything that will need any real altering.
I have looked into M2M: Indochino, Black Lapel, Modern Tailor, amongst a lot of others. Having bought some M2M shirts recently.
Out of all of those, Black lapel looks promising on account of the half-canvassed build, but from what I hear on these boards, Online M2M is a minefield. I've heard good things and bad things (mostly bad things) about almost every online M2M company that exists.
A lot of the suits that I have seen come from those M2M places look more like potato sacks than tailored clothing... although I have also seen some fairly impressive outcomes - but they are very few and far between.
I need the suit by the end of the year as I am emigrating to Europe and need to have something for job interviews and social events etc. I work in an industry where image is very important - so I want to put my best foot forward (unfortunately, that foot won't be wearing Allen Edmonds until a few pay cheques later, but that's another story).
Is there any reasonable solution to what seems to be an impossibility? Should I try an online M2M?