Originally Posted by starro
Wow, I started with a kernel and ended up with a rant apropos of nothing. Please don't take anything personally. My view of online fora like this is that no one knows anybody, we're all just text on a screen to each other, and the primary goal is to exchange information to our mutual benefit. So I never really get it when someone overlooks the usefulness of the content and gets upset over a perceived "tone."
No worries at all! You bring up very cogent points, and I've been around long enough to understand it as well.
After reading your reply I realised that, having not been on SF recently, I left out a key piece of information: quality isn't as high of a priority right now. I'm still in the early stages of my career, and in a year or two I'll hopefully be making much more. When that happens, I'll certainly be looking into higher-end stuff.
But for now, I'm merely trying to find a "stopgap" solution--a place from which I can order clothing with my measurements for the next 1-2 years.
My OTR options are already in the $200-300 range and still fall short when it comes to my requirements (especially with fit and linings). I figure that for ~$100 more, there must be a feasible MTM alternative.
Just to give you an idea, the sort of OTR options I considered before included such brands as Lauren Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Uniqlo, Zara, Banana Republic, J. Crew, and even H&M. Unfortunately ridiculously large armholes and polyester are unavoidable these days (also I have very strong feelings against patch pockets)!
Also, searching for clearance items and digging around at discount/outlets e.g. Marshalls, Century 21, and Nordstrom Rack is too time-consuming, and I have rarely come across solid colours anyways. (Unless anybody knows of any reliable locations where 36-38S suits are regularly stocked in NYC
In other words, this is what I'm seeking in an MTM service (bulleted list for brevity, somewhat in order of priority):
- Price range: $300-400 suits; $100 shirts
- B&M location or in-person tailor to do accurate measurements for suits and shirts
- Suit lining options: partial or unlined, no polyester
- Solid charcoal, navy, greys, blues...
- Suit fabric options: lightweight wool or blends (wool, linen, cotton) ideal for high temperature & humidity
- Shirt fabric options: lightweight cotton or blends (cotton, linen) ideal for high temperature & humidity
- Your "standard" customisable options, e.g. lapels, pockets, buttons, vents, etc.
Again, I'm trying to find an budget/entry-level MTM service that can produce clothing to my measurements for the next couple of years. I don't care if the salespeople don't know why black is not the colour to get, or what a 3-roll-2 is, or what is traditionally considered black tie--just so long as I can have a suit made to my measurements and preferences.