So, getting two suits fitted this week, 1 fully bespoke and 1 MTM from Suit Supply.
First off, the Graham Brown bespoke. The 1st visit consisted of choosing fabric and measurements. I met Russell Howarth and explained that I needed a dark suit but lightweight for hot climates and as dark as possible but not black, he recommended the panama cloth from Harrisons. I chose a very dark blue weave. He then rattled through some options rather quickly though which were mostly in line with what I intended:
2-button single breasted jacket with 2.5-3.5 inch notch lapels (I can't remember the exact size though that was the range I asked for), gorge in-line with tie knot.
Double side vents
Russell gave me a book of linings and I chose one.
Waistcoat with lapels with 2 bottom pockets and a third pocket on the right breast.
Flat-fronted trousers with side-fasteners and zip and braces buttons - narrow leg and high rise. No back pockets.
It was really, very, very fast. Too fast to be honest. I was not expecting a bespoke experience to be quicker than an MTM. I would say it took at most, 30 minutes. What we didn't discuss:
Buttons - types, amount.
Shape of jacket - shoulders
Slant 'boat' or straight chest pocket.
That was on a Monday morning, and, Russell said to pop in on the Thursday morning for the first fitting. Just 2-3 full days later. I found that exceedingly fast. Incredibly fast. Mind boggling fast. But apparently it can be done.
So, a very quick first visit and a very quick first fitting. I suppose what was missing was info from the tailor taking care a bit more about what the choices are and what would look good and what wouldn't etc. I really felt very rushed. More details about the cloth - will it crease? Will it last? etc.
Total cost is 1500 sterling.
The 1st visit consisted of choosing fabric and measurements. I met Aaron and explained that I needed a cream lightweight suit for hot climates. He recommended a cream wool/linen mix. That was a careful selection process with questions and comparisons of the cloths. The buttons were chosen with the same care and attention as was the lining. Aaron chose a napoli type blazer that he thought would fit well which I tried on and trousers too. He then made adjustments and measurements according to the type of suit I would like and always offered suggestions, feedback and alternatives. I am having made:
2-button single breasted jacket with 2.5-3.5 inch peak lapels (I can't remember the exact size though that was the range I asked for).
Double side vents
Waistcoat with lapels with 2 bottom jet pockets.
Flat-fronted trousers with side-fasteners and zip and braces buttons - narrow leg and high rise. Jetted rear pockets
That was on Monday afternoon and took about an hour and 15 minutes. I have to say, Aaron took great care and offered great suggestions and explanations for every single choice. I really felt I was in a safe pair of hands and he was very, very professional and polite at all times.
It will take 4-8 weeks for the suit to arrive for the first fitting which I will be doing later in the year on the next visit to London.
Total cost is 1100,00 sterling.
Back to Graham Browne on Thursday for the first fitting of the bespoke. Any suggestions from the forum of what I should look out for and what questions to ask?