Here's my dilemma: I understand and appreciate that not everyone can afford a higher-end custom suit. But in my mind, fit is the one factor of a custom suit that shouldn't affect the price (at least when comparing MTM to MTM). The pricier stuff has better fabric, sewing, guts, and country of origin, but a cheap suit should still fit mostly right.
There are a ton of posts on SF about "where to find an inexpensive custom suit?" and "how does this custom suit fit?"
Again, I understand that people have different budgets, so I am going to try to be proactive and give the best advice I can for a price conscious shopper:
- Read reviews and take them to heart
- Ask the salesperson (or "style consultant", or "mtm guru", or however they've decided to jargon up their name) how long they've worked in custom menswear
- Get measured by a tailor if you can
- Find a local clothier in your price range if possible. They most likely won't have a revolving door of salespeople with minimal experience
- Get a guarantee from the store that they will eat the suit if it doesn't fit right. No one bats 1.000, and any reputable clothier will make it right if they mess up
- If you don't feel right about the fit, don't let the salesperson steamroll you. Press them.
- Avoid gimmicks. No one on Saville Row measures their clients with lasers. You wouldn't have a bartender measure you for a suit, so why would you have a salesman poor you a drink (note: I'm fine with clothing stores having a bar, but there is exactly zero correlation between a well fitting suit and mahogany, leather, and booze. Ambiance is great, but the end result is the goal)
Ok sorry for the rant, just as a person that cares about the fit of men's clothing, I'm starting to think that all of these new/newish custom shops are actually worse than just getting RTW and having an actual tailor adjust.