I paid my first visit to these guys this morning, and I thought I would share my experience with you all, and ask a few questions. Overall the experience was much faster than I anticipated, although that was perhaps due to the fact that I knew exactly what I wanted (I had a list of features prepared) The salesman was friendly and polite, and did not push an overtly hard sell as much as I thought he would, however the pricing was more expensive than I anticipated. I was after a grey suit, but as I wanted something in a check/plaid, it ruled out the cheapest fabrics, (or at least there were none on the swatches I was shown) so I was automatically elevated to a higher price bracket. The cheapest I was shown for this style was Â£300 for a 2 piece suit. I tried for a shirt or two and a tie thrown in, but he was having none of it, so as I suspected I ended up paying more than I wanted to, although he relented to the sum total of a tie (he picks the fabric.) I was the first appointment of the day, but was quickly joined by an elderly couple, and 2 gents around my age who had used them before, so were just selecting fabric. After about 15 minutes deliberation I selected a grey check, without any coloured overcheck, and I made a note of the labelling on the swatch- Marco Polo Luxury 150, Merino Wool Cashmere, Biella, Italy.(code stcikers indicated the following- RD 8973-160) Can anyone comment on this fabric, as to quality or reputation, perhaps some have already got Raja suits in this? I know nothing about fabric, so it was a lottery for me, although I am now a little concerned as I have since read that 150's wool can appear overly shiny, which is not what I am after really. I am contemplating (depending on my level of satisfaction when I get the suit) ordering a waistcoat, and possibly a second pair of trousers, so for this reason only I selected a very plain lining, in a mid grey, rather than something more exotic. I did have to remind the salesman about making my selection however. He took quite a few measurements, commenting on my very long arms (why was I such a poor boxer then?) and 3 digital photos of my bad physique and posture. I was very specific about the specs, presenting him with a list which was 2b, sb, twin vent, working cuff, pen pocket, phone pocket, name inside jacket and no other labels apart from one makers label (I do not want 5 labels from God knows where referring to God knows what in some foreign language all over my lining), button hole stem loop under lapel, ticket pocket, edge stitching, horn buttons, notch lapels, not excessive waist suppression, as work requirements are that I have to carry items on my waist at times, slightly padded outwards shoulder to compensate (if this makes sense, he suggested it) fishtail back to trousers, with brace buttons, no cuffs, no rear pocket, single pleat, no belt loops. I post all this and mentioned it as I am aware of members of the forum not getting the specs they ordered, so I will be interested to see if mine all are done as requested. Thanks to all the forum members who have unknowingly provided me with ideas and inspiration for the design over the last few months, plus a recent viewing of Goldfinger helped. Overall it is a hollow experience, I feel neither happy nor unhappy, but it will all depend on the finished result. There is something in my mind that makes me feel rather sleazy attending meetings in hotel rooms. My salesman encouraged me to tell my friends and colleagues about Rajafashions, and stated I should receive my suit in around 4 weeks. I hope it is worth it, if it matches what I already have then I will be pleased as it cost a good amount more than what I paid these guys. All comments are welcome.
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1/31/05 at 12:30pm