Here are my two cents on some of the issues raised in the discussion thus far: Fit - Fit is the most important consideration in purchasing a suit, there should be no argument on this point at all. I have a friend of mine who has asymmetry shoulders, for him, RTW is out of question. He has to resort to bespoke suit makers for help in making suits that will fit him. I on the other hand, fit very well with a RTW 42R from almost any makers. Even though bespoke will always fit better than a RTW, most of us will still resort to RTW. Here are some of the reasons I can think of: 1) Location: there are very few places outside of London and Italy, NY where one can find a reliable bespoke suit tailor. It is very impractical for most people to travel to big cities two or three times just to fit a suit. 2) "Fashion Slave" suggests that RTW by Kiton, Attolini, and Borrelli are comparable to Savile Row, in price. That might be true if one is paying everything at full retail price. In reality a lot of us do not pay MSRP for a Kiton, Brioni, or an Attolini suit. One can easily find discount on these suits at upscale department stores, Filene basement, or Ebay. As to bespoke, it is almost impossible to walk into A&S or Huntsman and ask for a discount on a bespoke suit. In my case, it is not the case of why would I pick RTW over bespoke. Rather, it is the question of whether or not I should purchase an Attolini suit for $1500 with minor alteration from Ian Daniels or should I pay $3000 more for a bespoke suit from Savile Row. (I have not taken into account the cost of air fare, hotels etc yet).