Just sent my appointment request to @Kent Wang to visit their pop-up location in New York.
Nice. Know what you want or going in with an open mind?
I'm thinking a summer suit since I have only one right now. Perhaps linen, a linen blend, or summer weight wool. I also want summer trousers in an emerald green, but that depends on what kind of fabric they have available.
Already got it.
I tried one of these places once - based on its comparatively decent reviews. The problem that most seem to have is what seems to be the standard business model: guess your size, send a suit that's the nearest size rounded up, and give you a "credit" to alter it: basically, send you a suit that they're sure won't be too small, and let you pay someone to make it fit. That is going to involve a lot of luck in how close your actual size is to the next size up in their particular cut, and how good your local adjustments tailor is. My particular issue is that if my local tailor were that good, I'd ask him to make the damn suit...
Despite all the "bespoke" and "guaranteed fit" talk, most of these Chinese places have a standard set of suit patterns and will give you the nearest fitting jacket and trousers, erring on the side of too big rather than too small, as the latter might not be fixable. The only "guarantee" is that they'll let you keep X amount of your own money for your tailor to make it fit.
Basically, don't do it. For $1000, you're better off buying a suit off the rack or from an e-tailer like Suit Supply or even No Man Walks Alone that offers easy returns and a reasonably comprehensive set of measurements.
However, although I've not tried Kent Wang (apart from accessories), I do think the way they roll is far more honest: try on one of their standard suits, work out what needs adjusting to make it fit you, and they will make those adjustments according to your pics and measurements. If any online MTM service is worth a try, it's that. Prices and cloths seem pretty reasonable - and even better if you can get to a "pop-up" to be fitted in person.
Edit: Re. your last post, don't worry about it: better fitting isn't showing off, it just makes you look together and professional. As you said, stick to charcoal (and navy) and you're as subtle and modest as can be, while still looking awesome. Win-win.
I'll second this. I'm not only very happy with the jacket that I got from KW, but had real confidence throughout the process that I'd get what I was looking for. Kent and Aaron know what they are doing and (in my experience) stand behind their products.
Probably me you are talking about. Yeah, Kent made a mistake in entering some of my measurements and gave me a new jacket as a result. When I chose a cheaper fabric for the new jacket, he pushed me toward a more expensive one.
Still needing to dial my fit in after essentially 2 jackets (though technically 3 including the error jacket, though we werent able to use that to make any adjustments), and I wish it could have gone better, but fit has gotten better each time. Online adjustments are difficult. For example, there was extra fabric on the back after my first adjustment (from the trial), and when it was adjusted, there now isn't enough and so the jacket has a collar gap unless I pull the jacket down. Hopefully the next jacket will get it down pat. But I do think I am the exception rather than the rule.
Thanks for all the advice @mimo, if that's how they do it then I think I should definitely stay away I don't think I'd be precise enough to even get the right measurements lol. Will be going to get it done in person so hopefully that'll make up for my lack of knowledge in what I need done. At the moment, that's normally what I do in regards to getting OTR and getting some adjustments done.
I think, from scanning the site that you're right @GuP - will be going soon so will let you know how it goes.