Originally Posted by hi123
1. If you could only have one blazer what kind would it be?
I'm thinking of getting a navy blazer in London. High-end but as cheap as high-end can get.
2. Any recommendations?
3. What is the difference in price and quality between a bespoke blazer and a high-end off-the-rack?
Thanks so much for your help.
1 - A tough one and depends a little on what you're meaning "blazer" and what you have when it comes to suits. As I have a few suits where the jackets can be used separately its possibly a bit easier for me. Personally it'd be a SB navy jacket with very light structure and a semi informal fabric like cashmere or hopsack as it can be dressed up or down and the top end of formality would be dealt with by a suit rather than jacket
2 - you need to mention a budget as one persons high end can be another persons budget
3 - bespoke (or made to measure) could be anywhere from £250 for an online MTM offering to £5,000 plus for the Row. Quality depends on what you are comparing. You can choose any fabric so from that side it at least equals and more likely exceeds OTR. Ultimately both could be fully hand stitched etc but the odds are that bespoke will have a better finish.
The key to bespoke though is (1) you get exactly what you want, not what some designer wants and (2) the fit is better and the further you are from the designers view of the ideal/ average person the more this comes to play.
So for example the Mrs saw a Prada coat she liked a lot but it was designed for someone 5'10+ not 4"11. A tailor was able to make a very similar coat but with a more flared skirt as she wanted in arguably a better quality fabric for about 30% less than the OTR price was (exc the alterations she'd have needed)