To start with a bit of a disclaimer, I am fairly new to the classic menswear scene. I'm finally about to finish my education, and my future career will require me to dress like a civilized human being most of the time, so I figure now is a good time to jump in, and get some of the kinks worked out... :)
The main purpose for ordering this suit was for my wedding, which is coming up at the end of May. Rather than rent a suit/tux like the masses, I figured my money would be better spent on something I can wear more than once, and would last. I'm blessed with an oddly proportioned body, with a rather large upper body, and legs which resemble popsicle sticks, which has made it difficult to find something that fits well OTR.
My first foray into a M2M suit was from (ghasp!) Indochino... yes, they're good at marketing, and happened to have their travelling tailor event in my city, so I decided to give it a shot... and returned the suit as quick as I possibly could. But, this isn't a review of them.
After coming across this forum, I saw Moda's introduction thread, and decided I would give them a shot. They seemed to know what they were talking about, and was willing to commit some back-and-forth time to get the order right for my needs. An added bonus was that they had an affiliate locally who could come by to help pick out material and perform the necessary measurements.
So, after a couple visits with their affiliate, and somewhere in the neighbourhood of 600 emails (i'm exaggerating.. i hope..), I placed my order for a 3 piece Vitale Barbaris Canonico suit. We chose a nice lightweight super 120's wool, as my wedding is in Greece, and its probably going to be pretty toasty. One thing I should note, is that based on my previous experience with M2M suiting, I asked Moda to ensure there was some additional fabric left at the seams, just in case measurements were off and I needed significant alterations.
The suit took approximately 1 month in production. This fell over Chinese new year, so there was a week added on due to that. Shipping was extremely quick - 3 days total from HK to Vancouver. I was really impressed!
Upon receiving the suit, I was struck by the quality of construction. Lots of great, fine details that were missing from my first try with Indochino. It really made the suit look like it was made by tailors, rather than machines, which was exactly what I was hoping for.
Ooo... fancy italian name and everything!
Love the pick stitching detail
Really like the functional pocket flap. Not used to carrying a money clip, so the security of knowing it won't fall out is nice :)
Great quality buttons, as far as i'm concerned. Absolutely loved the texture of the fabric, and it's super soft and light.
Heel guard... I had no idea that these even existed. That's kind of sad, actually.
As for fit, out of the box, the jacket and shirt were dead on. I had to take the vest and pants in a bit (probably due to losing some weight after being measured), and let out the hem as I have freakishly long legs. My tailor was actually really impressed with the quality of instruction. He is an old school eastern european tailor who was trained in Italy, and used to make suits for diplomats, KGB, etc. (so he has some pretty cool stories.. haha), and noted that the suit looked like it was made by a real tailor from the "old country", not some machines in China.
I felt like I had no restrictions on movement at all, everything fit and sat very comfortably, and overall I was very pleased with how everything fit. Now, as I said before, this is my first "real" suit, so its possible that I may still need a couple more alterations here and there (so please feel free to chime in on anything you think needs to be touched up).
Here's the fit...
And, in my classic style, I forgot to button the bottom of the vest... le sigh.
Bunching is partially my fault... I took these photos after a 4 hour dinner function, and another 45 minutes sitting on the train, so the pants were in pretty rough shape.
Pardon the cuffs.. have some custom links on order, but they haven't arrived yet.
I also received a second shirt with this order, which I just snapped some photos of this morning...
Recommendations on some ties to go with this bad boy?
Anyway, thanks for putting up with my somewhat long winded review. Hopefully I can continue to learn more from this community, and contribute where I can! :)