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First Chan fitting coming up--Any tips?

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Because of these fora (Style and Andy), I have an appointment with Mr. Chu a week from Saturday. I have never had anything except RTW before, so I'm a real greenhorn about MTM/bespoke. What prompted me in this direction is the following: I am very deep-chested, I stand very erect, and the lapels on just about every RTW garment I've tried in recent years (suit or sport coat) pop away from my chest. This seems to be irrespective of the quality of the garment. Otherwise, I am very vague about what I want in a suit beyond ordinary stuff--SB, 2-piece, notch lapels, flap pockets, NO ticket pocket, belt loops, cuffs. I am even open on the matter of 2- or 3-button, but will probably go with 3-button as more contemporary. I would very much appreciate it if some knowledgeable forum regulars could give me any tips or counsel about what kind of questions to ask or additional things to specify. I gather that their house style is quite "British" (nipped waist, etc.), which should be flattering enough on me. I am more concerned about good fit than stylistic particulars.
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First, wear your best-fitting suit (and the one you'd be most happy with a clone of) to the appointment. This will give them a point of reference for fit, and a discussion piece for style questions. Second, their approach seems basically to take their house style as a default, and make changes as requested. So if you don't know what you want, they'll suggest what to do. The house style is stereotypical English, but if that's not what you want, they can change it up somewhat. I get side-vent, English style suits from them, but I have a friend who gets less padded shoulders and less waist suppression in his Chan suits--much less English looking. But I don't know how far they can deviate from their baseline. Third, tell them exactly what you don't like about your typical RTW suits, and make those issues a priority in the finished product. If you have problems with the lapels not sitting properly, make sure they examine the suit you are wearing to the fitting. Enjoy. I'm too pressed for time (and cash) to get out to BH on this trip, otherwise I'd offer to meet up and get a cup of coffee.
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How much can they do in terms of the shoulder? Is it more or less going to be English styled in terms of the shoulder, or can they make a Roman shoulder?
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Thanks, "retro." I wonder how many of the Chan customers are going to be forum regulars like ourselves. I had suggested to Andy that those regulars who were meeting with Chan on Saturday might get together at some BH restaurant and have a luncheon in his honor. He thought it was a great idea, but unfortunately he and his wife were going to be out of town. Someone on one of the other Chan threads suggested a secret handshake for forum members. I think a "lodge pin" might be a more efficacious means of recognizing each other.
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Thanks, "retro." I wonder how many of the Chan customers are going to be forum regulars like ourselves. I had suggested to Andy that those regulars who were meeting with Chan on Saturday might get together at some BH restaurant and have a luncheon in his honor. He thought it was a great idea, but unfortunately he and his wife were going to be out of town. Someone on one of the other Chan threads suggested a secret handshake for forum members. I think a "lodge pin" might be a more efficacious means of recognizing each other.
Yes, somehow in a subtle way, we need to show that we are members of this forum. Maybe a new way to tuck a pocket square??? That way, in an occasion that we bump into each other, we can see how each of us really dress. I can promise you that on most days, I look pretty ordinary with my RTW shirts and bookbinder leather shoes. This is all to fall in line and not step on upper management's toes. By the way, checking the HOF post on suit silhouettes is definitely worth it before you take a trip to WWChan's fittings.
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I'd say in general learn as much as you can before you go to your appointment. You don't have to know everything you want down to the most minute detail, but things like what types of wool you would like to see, what type of jacket, etc. help ease the whole process. And I second the comment about wearing your best suit. Be sure to wear the shoes you'll be wearing with the suit, or similar shoes.
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Just returned from my Chan appointment. Told them about the Style Forum. They had no knowledge. Let them know about it too. Patrick seems very capable. I even got them to try soft collar interlining for my shirt order.
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And what did you order?
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Just returned from my Chan appointment. Told them about the Style Forum. They had no knowledge.
At my appointment yesterday, Patrick pulled up the Internet to show me the firm's future itenerary. He already had the Style Forum bookmarked.
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