What was your bad experience? Would you term the suits crap or the MTM result?
Re: Hickey Freeman Both. It was an absolute disaster. First of all, when doing MTM at over $1500 a suit, I expected the quality to be like that of their top of the line suits and jackets (litte flap of fabric flapped and sewn under the collar, hand stitching, etc.) Nope. Quality was of regular line aka. mediocre at best. No detectable handwork. Had to pay $50 extra for pick stitching on the lapels, so, when you think about it, this is basically just aesthetic, probably added by a machine after the fact. So, lapels not handdone. no stitched underneath lapel indicating any kind of canvasing or high quality stitching, buttonholes on jacket machine done, etc. etc. $50 extra for working buttonholes. $50 or $100 extra for DB, don't remember which. As you can see, price adds up, and it was garbage for what I was paying, both in terms of construction, and, as you will see, fit, customer service, overall experience, etc. NEVER AGAIN
One was one button peaked lapel. I asked for two button. But they made one. Oh, well, I didn't mind, looked ok, I guess. Fit is ok, nothing special. lapel width is gigantic, looks ridiculous. I know rounded peaked lapel is their signature but I'm around 36S and you don't do a 4 3/4 inch wide lapel for a 36S (yes, 4 3/4 inches). Also, all working buttonholes done on the sleeve aside from the top button of the right arm, which for some reason they finished and then did some extremely ugly "fake" working buttonhole stitching (perhaps to patch up an error?) Either way it looks riciulous, and the button doesn't sit properly on top anyway. All in all, looks ok, though no real shape to jacket. Second was a DB pinstripe. Big disaster. They made it miles too small. Then for some reason I notice they had done center vent... on a DB suit. Looked ridiculous. I obviously did not ask for that, but I asked for double vents. Sleeves were also literally inches too short AND they had already put working buttonholes in (this was at the first fititng) They tried to fiddle with the suit, come back for second fitting, I tell them it still sucks and they have to make a new jacket. Months are passing. finally, new jacket. Lapel width, as you can imagine, is equally out of proportion with body - same as the SB suit. At least they get the side vents right. Anyway, the thing doesn't hang properly, as a result the buttons on one side appear visually to be about an inch lower than the other. They fiddled with it more. More months pass, many fittings later. It still doesn't look right, but the master tailor there and the salesman say it looks great. They by this time, I'm so sick of the BS I take the suit and leave. Later, I even noticed that they even spelled my name wrong on the inner label. This is what I get for giving a company well over $3000?