Well, I went in for the 3rd and final fitting of my bespoke suit last Thursday. I had already tried it on a week before last, so I thought I wasn't going to be surprised when I picked it up. Well, I was wrong. While I have many suits that I believe fit me very well, this suit is easily the best fitting suit I own now. To review, the suit is a very dark navy with thin, tight, light blue pinstripes. Fabric is Super 180, 9 oz., I believe. 3 button, rolled to the second. The lapels are slightly wider than normal (similar to my Borrelli suits). The shoulder is somewhere between what one would see in a Brioni on one end, and a Borrelli on the other. As I said before, I would probably prefer more toward the Borrelli natural shoulder look, but this slightly more structured shoulder is still beautiful. The sleeves have the high, narrow arm holes I love from my Borrelli suits, and the tapered sleeve that I believe compliments the arm quite nicely. I did get a ticket pocket on the suit, and it's double vented. The entire jacket is hand sewn--button holes (sleeve, jacket, and lapel), lapel handwork, canvasing, lining, label, pockets, shoulder attachment, breast pocket, back seam, etc. (My tailor said the real key to a great fitting and great feeling jacket is the canvasing done in the lapel and chest piece, for whatever that's worth.) I had decided for a deep burgundy benberg lining. It's gorgeous. The pants are quite nice, though nothing special in the style. Double pleated, with side pockets and two besom back pockets. They are also hand sewn however, for whatever that's worth as well. They have nice handwork visible on the pockets and seams. Two button closure. Total cost: $2500 USD. Is it worth it? I believe so. This is obviously the most expensive suit I've ever bought (all of my Borrellis were bought from Ian Daniels at VintageUSA) and even though the same tailor altered the Borrellis to fit me perfectly, this one does fit just slightly better in the pants and chest. The whole bespoke experience, to me, was what was worth the premium over my other suit experiences. It's a lot of fun going through the fabric selection and settling on the specs of the garment. When I get my digital camera back, I'll take some pics and post it. If anyone is in the Atlanta area or surrounding areas and is thinking about a bespoke suit, I highly recommend Mario Bosco. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up and I'm anxious to go in again soon.
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10/11/04 at 11:23pm