Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox
trying to understand where MTM ends and "bespoke" begins...
so are you saying that they do not actually make an individual pattern for me?
which is fine as long as the final product fits me ... but i don't understand what the "blocks" are
It is a grey area, but to put it simply, I refer to yours as being MTM because they will have a set of cardboard patterns that basically make a suit of generic styling (2B jacket, flat front belted trousers) in a general size range, and then to fit it to you they use a combination of just tweaking that paper pattern on the fly, and then fitting you on that first fitting when it''s still basically a basted together vest and something that kinda looks like trousers but doesn't stay up without a pin at the waistband.
Bespoke would mean I am requesting something that they can't exactly whip the cardboard patterns out for - my trouser design was made from scratch, my jacket was probably made from the blocks but a little modified, maybe requiring a pattern from scratch - they did everything to my request and almost all of the critical points are things not done by Korean tailors, which I did on purpose - I have made about 10 suits in Itaewon and the first 8 were trash.
Both are good suits, obviously, and both will fit. I just feel that if they offer you the choice, and it's an unspoken one - you should take advantage of being able to really work the palette if you can. That is the real beauty behind Korean tailoring - they aren't all that great, and the fabrics are nothing special - but they are friendly and not so over-worked that they can't do a few special things for you if you ask nicely.