I am getting married in a few months and looking to get a new suit for the occasion. It's not a traditional wedding (church, tuxedo etc) so I am taking this opportunity to buy a suit than I can wear again in the future. I have a few ok suits, well maybe Ok is being generous as they are all Calvin Klein collection and Joseph Abboud and likely fused. But I have a great tailor who used to work for Oxxford here in Chicago, and he has made sure they fit really well. So...the choices I have narrowed it down to so far are:
1. Fully custom made suits with said former Oxxford tailor, fully canvassed, s120 wool. $1,200. It's at the very end of my price range and although this is by far the best option, I have somewhat resigned myself to spending the money elsewhere. Mainly getting the fiancé a better ring. I probably shouldn't include this on the list because I have pretty much decided against it due to cost; but I'd still like to get feedback in relation to the other two options.
2. Benjamin sartorial. Fully canvassed. $525. Have my tailor make adjustments (probably an additional $80 or so...he's very reasonable). This suit choice is based on feedback on these and other forums. It was that or suit supply. But for the same money I am looking at half canvassed and probably the same amount for alterations. http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-16490/Benjamin-Sartorial-Suit-cln--41R-fdsh-42R/Detail
3. A local custom tailor is offering half off tailoring services (through living social). He only has 3 reviews on yelp (all 5 stars). Seems a young lad (mid to late twenties), which for some reason makes me nervous. His half canvas custom suits start at $800. But he's doing $900 for $450 right now. His full canvassed customs start at $1200 (effectively $750 because of the discount). I have exchanged a few emails with him and he says he usually only requires one fitting. So is this essentially MTM with a professional fitting? I'm not sure if I should be wary of this or not. Here is a link to his site: http://esqcustomclothing.com/
I am open up to other suggestions. Gilt recently had a Martin Greenfield sale going on, and I often see Hickey Freeman's on there. However, I've been wary of the quality of these suits compared to their usual level. People have suggested these are specially made for gilt and are not reflective of the true quality one would expect from these brands. So I've given Gilt and Myhabit a wide berth for now.
My budget is ideally in the $500 to $750 range. At a push I could do a little more. Thanks so much.