Hand made suit from Korea
Edited by Claghorn - 9/14/13 at 8:18pm
That's just about the thread count/fineness of the weave and says little about the quality. You could have a S180 that's 50% polyester, of shitty wool, or both.
Also, I just noticed the title. The vast majority of suits here aren't going to be handmade. There will be little to no handwork at all. I go to a mid-tier tailor, and I'd say 90-95% of the stitching is machine. You start paying below $800 for a full suit (excluding fabric), you'll be getting something that's entirely machine stitched. That being said, I have little to no preference for handwork in suits, so it's never been a big deal to me.
One thing to keep in mind is that tailors here, except the perhaps the very good ones (to whom I've never been, but I've seen their work in person), have a steep learning curve. It took three jackets to get my pattern just right. The first jacket took 3-4 fittings, the second took two, and the third two. The fourth I was completely happy with after the basted fit. Now I just drop off the fabric, wait a few weeks, and pick up the finished product.
I wouldn't go anywhere here, that won't allow multiple post-baste fittings (and this is, unfortunately, a lot of places). Generally, they'll give you one, and you are then stuck with whatever they hand you.
Edited by Claghorn - 9/13/13 at 12:49am