I'd like to have a full bespoke suit made up in the English style, but live in Zurich and only visit London 3-4 times a year.
I'm drawn to Savile Row by the reputation of course, but also because I started my career in an office a couple of streets away and spent many a lunch break walking past the windows dreaming of being able to afford a bespoke suit one day. I also had a great experience once at G&H where I bought a RTW suit in a sale and managed to tear the trouser pocket a year or two later. I naturally assumed that they wouldn't be able to help me without an appointment and charge me the earth to boot, but instead they took care of it immediately and free of charge.
I'm now faced with the tricky (and often discussed) decision of which tailor to choose. Most opinions I read seem to centre around choosing by house style, but I must admit I often don't understand what the differences are and more importantly, have no real idea of which style I'd prefer other than to say I am looking for quite a traditional business suit.
My overall aim is to buy the best fitting and best quality suit, whilst enjoying the bespoke process. Cost does of course factor into my decision, but at this price level I am not too bothered about a couple of hundred pounds here or there. What's also key is to work with someone who can honestly advise me on what would work best for me without profit colouring their advice.
I'm looking for someone who has stayed true to their heritage and who still puts quality above profit and commercialization. Given my experience I would have immediately gravitated towards G&H but their website saddens me; it looks like a high street retailer and hardly mentions bespoke.
With no real way of differentiating between them (even pricing information seems scarce), I'm thinking of deciding based on who visits Zurich periodically. At least that way I can guarantee a more convenient experience if not the best end product. So far it seems like Dege & Skinner and Henry Poole pop over here from time to time, but I can't seem to find much information on any others.
Any advice or recommendations?
Am I approaching this the wrong way?