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It's an interesting observation that Memphis is formal; I wouldn't have expected that. Lots of suits downtown, of course, but I've never worked in any environment in the last 15 years that wasn't business casual. When I'm in Starbucks out east, a guy in a suit stands out a bit, to me anyway. But there are three pretty nice mens' stores that seem to do a good business: Brooks Brothers, Oak Hall, and James Davis. But I do think there is a great lack of bespoke work done here. One of these guys who was offering MTM assured me that "Nobody's cutting in Memphis." Even on the MTM side, I've been striking out in the tweed jacket area.

I'm really not sure what a "Trunk show" entails. Google tells me it's an event to offer a preview of merchandise to store personnel or "select customers". You do something like what Steed is doing, traveling around, measuring people and having something made?

I don't know, never been, but a Dutch client of mine went there in business and remarked how formal everyone was dressed. Thinking about traveling like Steed, but I already work a six day week here in NYC, it's just difficult taking the time to do it and getting enough clients together in one place to make it worthwhile.
post #32 of 32
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I dunno, I'm a bit leery of purchasing such a complex item online; I ordered my first internet shirt the other day, and people usually say it takes a few shirts to get it right. I don't want to have to order a few suits to get that right. According to otctailor, I needed the barrel chest adjustment with erect posture, and I have a lot of shoulder slope, and one slopes more than another.

I think it's just madness. It must be a nightmare business model and I don't think you can get good results. I know some people will think "well you would say that" but if I thought it was viable I would do it myself. I'm building a new website now and I will be selling off the shelf items in an online store but I won't be doing online MTM.
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