Jon, How was your experience with Blue Label MTM? My salesperson is always pressing me to try RLPL MTM (although 38/39/40 in Purple Label is absolutely perfect RTW for me - size depending on the model of coat), and so I figure I ought to see how they do with Blue Label MTM first. I want to see how accurate the measurements are first and foremost, as opposed to comparing Saint Andrews and Corneliani. Any info would be great.
Well, unfortunately, there are a lot of variables that determine if your MTM experience will be a satisfactory one. First and foremost, does the RL store that you are considering ordering from have an in-house tailor? If so, then have him / her take the measurements, and not a sales person, at the same time make sure they are competent enough that they can understand what you are looking for, and that they will be able to properly alter the MTM item after it arrives from the factory. This goes for either Polo or RLPL. If the tailor in your experience is not competent enough for your expectations, DO NOT order the suit to "try them out" except if you have a ridiculous amount of money and want to take a chance on their tailor / salespeople's tailoring skills / measuring ability and do not mind getting upset over a suit that might look horrible on you, not meet your expectations, etc... then by all means try them, I on the other hand, would take my business elsewhere if that were the case (this is why I don not use the tailor at the RL store on Worth Ave, he just fails my expectations). Now, if RLPL RTW fits you almost perfectly (and you have no problem affording it at full retail / MTM prices) then I would recommend RLPL MTM, since the patterns for MTM are based on RTW, all they will do is build the suit based on how close those patterns they can get to your dimensions. On top of being a fully canvassed suit, the fabrics will be of a higher quality; the handiwork will be more apparent and throughout the item than in Polo items. At the same time I do not own a RLPL item made by St. Andrews, so I can only attest to their quality as to what I have read on the Internet and various magazines, perhaps a forum member has first hand experience? Jon.