So I got my suit a couple weeks ago Friday and, as promised, have posted pics below as well as my thoughts on the suit and the process itself.
I’ve stayed away from MTM in the last while due to my previous experiences with Indochino and a couple other tailors/companies. Generally speaking, you’re usually beholden to the house style of cut for the suit (boxy, trendy etc) while, with the online companies, it can be pretty hit and miss with the results you end up with without an intermediate fitting. Kent Wang seems to be the only one that has it figured out with his trial suit process and keen eye for fit evaluation; however, it seems the extra costs of shipping is partially born out in the final price.
Still, I really had no intention of purchasing from Moda Republic when I came up their thread; as already mentioned, their website photos do indicate a more trendy aesthetic while the fit of their suits strikes me as an interesting mix of more fitted in the appendages yet fuller in the body.
However, they do seem to be somewhat different, presenting a process that falls halfway between KW’s trial suit method and the “measure and pray” of the rest of the online MTM companies out there. Yes, you take measurements of yourself, like the others (although they seem to have a couple extra measurement they ask of you); but, additionally, you have other avenues of information input as well. As Betegeuse has already mentioned, you have the option of measuring your best fitting articles of clothing and sending them in (which I have found can make a significant difference in outcome), or you can simply order a standard size, with the option of tweaking measurements here and there.
I took advantage of the second option, sending in measurements of my best fitting pants and vest, and actually even took the step of sending in one of my sport coats as well. (this one
that I got from ehaberdasher). They also had me take pictures of myself in said garments so that they could take a look at how they fit as well as see my posture.
Some of my own thoughts and observations:
Things I liked:
- The construction of the suit, to my own untrained eye, looks to be quite good. You could see the stitching on the back of the lapel where they did the canvassing, and it looks to be well done and, I can’t really explain it but, it just felt sturdy when I was holding and putting the garment on.
- By and large, the fit seems to be not bad and is pretty decent for a first effort. I’d prefer the pants about .5” longer, the sleeves about .25 - .5” shorter (I had asked them to be .25” shorter compared to my sportcoat but they still seem to be longer than I prefer), and a little more fitted in the body, especially in the chest (although you don’t notice it much in the photos, it’s fairly roomie and makes the waist suppression look a little awkward). Additionally, I prefer my quarters a little more open.
Things on which I think could have been improved:
- As you can clearly see, the shoulders have a significant amount of dimpling. This isn't an uncommon problem that I deal with that seems to be best rectified by unpadded shoulders and part of my motivation for sending in my sportcoat in the first place: I wanted to see if they had the ability to manufacture outside of their standard cut or whether it would be more a matter of fitting my measurements to it. It seems I got the latter. While it may be theoretically possible to correct it, I have yet to find a tailor that can do it well such that I’ve had to resign myself to the reality that a coat that doesn’t fit well in the shoulders right off the bat is highly unlikely to ever be fixed so that it does.
- The colour: when choosing the fabric, they sent me three photos of fabrics that they thought were close to what I had described which was a lighter navy. It may not really show it in the photos, but the fabric I got has a purple tinge to it; so that it looks more blue-indigo to my eye. As such, the first thing I thought of when I opened the box was that it looked kind of purple (my fiancee’s comment echoed that sentiment when I first showed her as well) and I can’t help but feel like I’m wearing a purple suit when I put it on.
So, all in all, this suit is a miss for me. I can’t really complain since it’s basically a free suit and I’m only out the costs of shipping my suit although, to be honest, I wouldn’t be too happy if I actually had to pay for the suit itself. Also, to be fair, they did offer to remake the suit, in another fabric; however, I would have to send in the suit and sportcoat again for them to see what went wrong. And, seeing as how it cost me almost $90 to ship my sportcoat off the first time, I just can’t justify spending about $180 on, what was originally to be, a free suit. So, in the end, I’ve moved on to my original plan and have purchased a suit from SuitSupply, which I have now received and am pretty happy with.
That being said, I think the mechanics are in place for a good, online MTM company and they do have the potential to really make their mark. They do have some pretty stiff competition in the suit/sportcoat department though; so if they do really want to make some hay, especially with SF members, I think that there are some areas that they will still need to learn and improve, which, from what I’m seeing, it, appears like they are at least making an effort towards .