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post #31 of 40
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Originally Posted by asturiano View Post

WHITCOMB & SHAFTESBURY is offering a cut suit in London but stitched in India. They also offer the same product 100% made in UK.


So I have read. But I think they are completely open about that and offer two different price points. I think the OP was concerned about undisclosed offshore tailoring. Or something.

post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by JohnHunt12 View Post

Hi,

Thanks for replying.

I am 6ft 2in with a medium, slim build.

My budget is around 5k, however I have not yet discussed prices with any tailor.

If you are not from the UK (or close), then another important factor to consider is if any of the tailors travel to a city near you. Much of the bespoke experience is the service and adjustments after the suit has been delivered.
post #33 of 40
Speaking of London tailors, does anyone know what happened to Karl Matthews? I really liked what I saw of his garments and I even contacted him to ask about his prices etc. but he never replied. And now it seems his internet domaine is gone confused.gif
post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by David Reeves View Post
...you'll get a fine enough suit. This is really like saying you need to be a top mechanic to own a Rolls or be a top food critic to enjoy fine dining.

No doubt that you will get a fine enough suit.  Also, you don't need to be a good food critic to enjoy fine dining.  But below a certain threshold of understanding, the additional money is just not worth it if you cannot distinguish between two products.  I, for example, would not buy $500 bottle of wine, simply because it would be wasted on me.  And cars simply take me from point A to point B, so I am not going to spend top dollar on that either.  I'll get something with good safety rating and doesn't use too much gas.

post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

No doubt that you will get a fine enough suit.  Also, you don't need to be a good food critic to enjoy fine dining.  But below a certain threshold of understanding, the additional money is just not worth it if you cannot distinguish between two products.  I, for example, would not buy $500 bottle of wine, simply because it would be wasted on me.  And cars simply take me from point A to point B, so I am not going to spend top dollar on that either.  I'll get something with good safety rating and doesn't use too much gas.

I think you should buy the wine!
post #36 of 40
Thread Starter 

Many thanks for all the comments. Although I have bought plenty of suits in the past, this is my first handmade bespoke suit.

 

I am based in the UK, which is why I was considering Steven Hitchcock -  I believe the whole suit making process is handled in the UK. I also like the soft tailored style.

 

At the moment, I am looking at Steven and A&S, but will take a look at the others mentioned here too.

post #37 of 40
^^^ Just to reiterate what some others have said - as you are in the UK, spend a boring wandering up and down the Row and surrounding streets and pop into a few and have a chat. I was looking to a suit cut for my wedding a few years back and did exactly that - some I spoke to were incredibly friendly and couldn't be more happy to discuss their particular house style, what they might recommend given what I was after and a offer up a suggestion of fabrics to look at (one or 2 were more stand-offish, but I can't take issue with that necessarily - I did more or less gatecrash them!).

In the end I decided I would go with Edward Sexton (not not the Row), but never got around to commissioning the suit as we completely changed the plan for the wedding and it was no longer appropriate - one day i'll find another convenient excuse to commission one!

All the best for yours.
post #38 of 40
When deciding on who to work with for my first SR suit, i did spend most of a day speaking with some of the various houses.'

I had some non-Savile Row bespoke experience (so, was familiar with the process and what areas I liked and did not like from my prior experiences/suits) and had also familiarized myself with general house styles so that i could narrow down those that i thought would offer the me highest chance of being happy with the end product.

I must say, im a little surpised by the reactions on here relating to speaking with houses for the purposes of making a decision - its not about expecting the house to 'sell'...its about understanding enough of their sensibilities (and they yours) for the purposes of starting a relationship. Every stop i made (about a half dozen, if i recall) was more than happy to discuss their house cut, whether my descriptions sounded similar to their 'defaults', other comsiderations i had not brought up. It was in fact, one of the most enjoyable days of the entire experience.

So, my suggestion strongly echoes some others on here - do some due diligence to get a sense of where on the cut spectrum you think you might like to be, do some looking in on the forums of some of the houses that lean toward that make, and spend a little time talking to each. I highly suspect one will prove itself the 'right' choice for you, after spending the time.

Good luck!
post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by Andy57 View Post
 


I know of no Savile Row tailoring house that does their bespoke tailoring in China. MTM or RTW, possibly (I wouldn't know). Not Huntsman, not Anderson & Sheppard, not Poole, not G&H, not Stephen Hitchcock, not Steed. Heck, at Chittleborough & Morgan you can go into the back room and see all the tailors busily hand-making your suit. It's fascinating.

 

I know Permanent Style isnt a well received blog on this forum but on Simon's post on his Indian made Whitcomb & Shaftsbury suit (cut on Row but constructed in India) he does mention that Kilgour used to have a made in China option, though has stopped, but others do have workshops there - unfortunately doesnt name names. Gieves & Hawkes also has option of Mauritius and I thought that some of items sold off Row were as standard made in non-european countries

post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by Astaroth View Post
 

 

I know Permanent Style isnt a well received blog on this forum but on Simon's post on his Indian made Whitcomb & Shaftsbury suit (cut on Row but constructed in India) he does mention that Kilgour used to have a made in China option, though has stopped, but others do have workshops there - unfortunately doesnt name names. Gieves & Hawkes also has option of Mauritius and I thought that some of items sold off Row were as standard made in non-european countries

 

Though not in the same street as some of the above mentioned tailors (though of course they are :happy:) Cad & The Dandy are very upfront about the fact that their clothes are cut and basted in England but stitched in Nepal.

 

I am seriously considering a bespoke sports jacket when I visit London later this month and I feel that C&D would be a good starting place for me start.

 

Had I commissioned the jacket believing it to be completely made on Savile Row only to find out at a later date it wasn't I would no doubt have been most displeased.

 

However, with that knowledge the customer can decide what he is losing by saving (or what he is gaining by spending). To me the stitching being done on Savile Row does not mean enough to me to justify 2/3x the price of the other tailors so I have made my decision and assuming I like what I see when I get there I shall look forward to being measured and starting the bespoke process.

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