So I picked up the final product on Friday and I couldn't be happier! I love how the styling fuses old-world traditions (single button, long jacket length) with the best of what current fashion has to offer (peak lapels, slim trousers, and, John's signature, boutonnières on both lapels). There are so many details, it's hard to go over them all but probably my favourite is the shoulder. Unfortunately you can't see it from the pictures shown below, but the shoulders are completely unpadded and finished in the Neapolitan tradition with the only thing providing any structure being the full canvas which goes all the way up to the shoulder seam. I'm a young guy, so naturally I don't have too much experience with high-end OTR and Bespoke outfits, so I've only seen La Spalla Camicia in pictures online and at stores like SuitSupply and I never really liked the look of the shirring that shows up along the shoulder. John's suit has no such shirring.
Another thing, is the pattern-matching. Whoever John's cutter is, he deserves a medal because I have never seen pattern-matching like this before. The plaid is matched on all the right places (matching the back with the collar and the sleeves with the front panel etc) but I've never seen plaids matched perfectly along the shoulder seem and along the seam where the collar meets the lapel.
After the suit went back into the garment bag, John and I had a drink. I knew then that this is what real menswear is all about and I vowed never to go off the rack again.
(It's important to note that the single-button and the length of the jacket are both things that I requested, which I believe demonstrates John's versatility as a tailor. You can look on his website and his Instagram feed to find other examples of his style)
(There's a touch too much break on the bottom of the trousers in this picture but I fixed that by adjusting the suspenders so the trousers sit a little higher)