Hi everyone !
First of all, as this is my first post, thanks to the community that I recently discovered here for bringing that mine of information to every readers. It really helps when trying to understand how bespoke, mtm and the like work for guys like me, who simply put, have absolutely no clue about it, but are eagger to learn.
Now, here is my question: in the event of my wedding to be, I have the dream to invest in my first bespoke / mtm suit ever (mtm as a second option as bespoke is a bit more expansive than expected, read below).
The wedding schedule is in its early stage, and is likely to start during the afternoon, but the part we give most importance to will take place in the evening, in a castle, which is why the bride and myself agreed on a Black Tie dresscode, maybe starting a tad too early indeed. Anyway, I'm not here to discuss wether the desscode is proper regarding the time of the day.
The suit I want has to be according to the setting described above, so obviously it will be a dinner suit, or "tuxedo". I've contacted a few houses (Henry Poole, A&S, Gives and Hawkes) for quotations on bespoke tuxedo, and I've been a bit surprised with the results.
The first thing surpsing me is the difference in the starting price there is with a more usual suit:
Where a bespoke suit starts between 3500£ to 4000£ for most expansive houses, the starting price of a bespoke tuxedo is over 5000£. So I wondered why is that so, would anyone with enough knowledge explain this please?
Another point which surprised me: of all the "big houses" I've contacted, Henry Poole, which is the oldest, has the most Warrants, and basically invented the DJ, has the cheapest starting price (!), way cheaper than A&S or Gieves and Hawkes for instance. I was really surprised by this, I would have expected them to be more expansive. Anyone with an explaination to this?
Any advice on which house to go for a tuxedo, considering that I'm rather tall and broad shouldered?
And now, to the point that I don't really want to ask, but sadly have to. As I said, the price gap between a bespoke suit and tuxedo took me by surprise, and did go past my budget limit, so I probably won't be able to afford bespoke (unless my next raise is really good). From what I've read / seen, I'm not really enclined to try Graham Browne as a newbie not really able to tell the cutter specific points about fit / needs, but 1000-2000£ would totally be in my price range.
So let's speak MTM and RTW. Any good advice on both for a tuxedo? Some place to go, or to avoid regarding them?
Thanks again for your time and patience answering.