Originally Posted by dieworkwear
As far as I know, yes. Last visit was just a couple of weeks ago.
It's not uncommon to find bespoke trousers in Southern Italy for $300-600. Even for really nice fabrics. Problem is always getting one of them to come to the US (and having reliable trips/ delivery).
Well that's the real trick isn't it?
being reliable with delivery surely counts for something?
There's other factors at play though,
Buying direct from a maker will mean higher margins for him and possibly a lower price point which is one of the reasons you will see lower prices.
Cloths are much less expensive in Europe. if you buy the same cloths from Europe and ship to the U.S you have serious duties to pay, plus shipping and then on top of that sometimes a mark up from the agent here.
I don't have any solid data to back this up but there are clearly far few tailors over here so demand puts the costs of labor up. They are also concentrated in NYC which of course again drives up wages.