Yes, the high cost coupled with a poor exchange rate are factors which have caused me to restrict my purchases. My tailor comes in four times a year. I'm not seeing him this week because I have to hold back. He hit me with a very hefty alteration bill (900 pounds for 3 piece suit with an extra set of pants--mulitply that by 4 suits), and the exchange rate on my credit card was $1.98. I'm still smarting. However, on the whole, a quality suit is going to cost. The days of a bespoke suit for $1,000 are history except in Hong Kong, but I don't think that your husband would be satisfied with the product. Some possibilities: 1. There are a number of "off Saville Row" lower priced Brit tailors, such as Beaman, Steed, and Hitchcock. E.g., my tailor charges 2,000 pounds as the base price for a 2 piece suit. Some of these "off the Row" tailors charge about 1,500 pounds. Not a giantic saving, but every quid counts. 2. We have excellent tailors in NYC and in other population centers. You can get bespoke from a range of $3,000 to $4,000 for a 2 piece. NYC has a few English trained tailors, such as Leonard Logsdale, Bruce Cameron Clark, and Cheo. There are other tailors who are English oriented, such as Alan Flusser and Dunhill. 3. Oxxford MTM is almost as good as bespoke if you are very specific about your order, your fitting requirements, and styling. The suit that I'm wearing now is an Oxxford MTM DB, and it's as good as my London DB. Base price is $2,200, but average price is $3,000 if "luxury" cloths are ordered. Therefore, there is a distinct savings advantage. 4. Some of the Brits know that the exchange is very poor, and they do not want to lose customers. E.g., my tailor offers an exchange rate of $1.75 for purchases made on this trip. He has done that from time to time as wll as a "gift discount" of 200 pounds when the firm celebrated its 200th anniversary. Again, every little bit helps. Finally, when all is said and done, your dear husband might bite the bullet and stick with Poole. Men will more readily change surgeons or lawyers than change from a trusted clothier. In any event, good luck, and I hope that you enjoy the Channel.