Well, to get back to the allure part, isn't it obvious? These are some of the most beautiful clothes you could ever hope to acquire. And while it may strike some as an unsavory bit of bottom feeding, there are even distinct advantages found in this avenue to bespoke. One of the greatest is that those who tend to discard bespoke clothing after a few years are often among a tailor's best and most experienced customers--they know what they want and have been willing to pay (repeatedly) to get it. The customer who orders a few suits and jackets a year--and has done so for a decade or more--is not treated the same as the guy who scrapes up enough cash to fulfill the dream of getting that perfect bespoke garment (likely laden with too many aspirations to really work). I may be fooling myself, but I feel like I can really tell when a suit or jacket is a one-shot deal or the result of a long and fruitful relationship. Who wouldn't want to take advantage of lessons learned by others (especially with thrift store price tags). Another thing I've found to be true after all these years is that, yes, they sometimes really don't make them like that anymore. Some of the older SR clothing is cut and finished in a way that now seems florid; why cut a seam straight when you can make a curve? I found a tweed jacket last year made by Meyer & Mortimer back in the 1930s and I can honestly say I've never seen work like that before (excepting, perhaps, things like that 1905 coat Darren Beaman posted over on AAAC). There's also the fun of archiving the past and I like to think my closets are a testament to past generations of San Franciscans. What a world this once was. It's too bad there are no identifying marks (at least without recourse to company records) on bespoke shoes. I would love to know more about the guy who acquired more than twenty pairs of Henry Maxwell shoes over a lifetime, moving from Dover St to New Bond and staying on to the bitter end over on Savile Row. Of course the other real advantage is money. I love clothes, but I don't have infinite resources and it makes me really happy to have money in things other than my wardrobe. You can rack up a lot of happiness buying great suits for $14-$20 a pop. So, guys, please continue to spread the word that op's clothes are icky.