Originally Posted by sugarbutch
Bespoke clothing is already a not really justifiable extravagance for me. Tacking on airfare and lodging to facilitate it is a bridge too far. Also, I think I'd prefer to have a local tailor for better turnaround, accessibility, and, ideally, lower cost. All that flying around and hotel rooms have to be paid for by someone, and it's not the tailor.
If my work took me to NYC on a regular basis, I would give Ercoles a try. And, all of the preceding notwithstanding, I would like to have Chris make me a suit, too.
Originally Posted by DLJr
I travel from Philly to NYC and Brooklyn when I was still going to Ercoles. Not much travel I suppose, but it does add some cost. It's certainly worth it for jackets at least. I found a reasonably priced tailor near by that I may try for trousers. I don't think I'd be so interested if I had to hop on a plane though, train I can still justify.
Yes, I guess that is what my point was. I do not mind flying to Chicago / Dallas once or twice a year to see Chris. But it is rather difficult to fit into my own schedule. At least with Chris, I know he is in Chicago, and flights are around $100-$150. If I was limited to a few dates a year, I think I would struggle to make it on a yearly basis.
Working around my schedule is challenging - face time is important at the office, and things come up that are difficult to foresee more than a month in advance. If I was limited to, say, 3 sets of dates per year, I think I would have a lot of difficulty consistently making the trip.
Originally Posted by TM79
I agree with you. I'd never travel just for fittings. At least some tailors come to Boston if I want to pursue that, and they have strong reputations so I wouldn't be at all concerned about that part. I also know enough where I could easily communicate whatever I was looking for, and so on.
I know Newc said some traveling tailors can be en vogue, but NSM and Steed are names that've been consistently mentioned on here for 5+ years.
At any rate, sorry for the slight derail. I was just relating to feeling like there was a lack of local options in my own major city.
. No problems here.
And I guess what I meant by "en vogue," was that tailors become more or less popular, some cancel future trips, etc. It is a business, after all. Steed, Poole, Rubinacci, I don't really put them in that category. They have an established clientele they have been visiting for years.