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Pleasant surprise yesterday at my tailor's

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I had decided to get an odd jacket made by my tailor and picked the fabric out 6 weeks ago. I picked out a navy blue fabric with a lighter blue window pane pattern. It was a super 150 fabric from the Tip Top vendor. I had a suit made by my tailor in the fall, and at that time, he told me that he cuts the pattern and then send it off to Rochester (Banksmiranda thought it was a cut,make,trim firm called Adrian Jules). The suit I had made in October was excellent. So I was expecting the same when I went in for my first fitting yesterday. When I arrived, the jacket was in a state that was completely different from the first fitting of my suit. Whereas the suit was already sewn together, etc, the jacket yesterday was basted together, and the lapels hadn't been sewn on yet. The canvas was still showing. When I remarked that I was surprised to see the jacket in that condition, given that I thought it had been sent off, my tailor answered that he decided not to send off the jacket, but to do it all by hand himself. He said that he hasn't had many bespoke garments requested, so he just decided to start doing them himself as he had done most of his life. I'm "only" paying $1350 for the jacket, which I think is a bargain, considering it is now true bespoke by one tailor, and so far looks excellent. My tailor's personal style is more a Roman look (he's a Sicilian by birth, and Northern Italian by training), and would fall somewhere between the structured Brioni style and the more natural Kiton style. He makes a garment with slight waist supression, which I like (and need) and has the lapel roll/belly I like. Anyway, I was just pleasantly surprised that I would be getting a true bespoke jacket when I was thinking he was shipping the jacket offsite for the actual construction. I guess it will require an extra couple of weeks to be finished, but I'm not complaining. I'll post pictures when it is complete.
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I'm "only" paying $1350 for the jacket, which I think is a bargain, considering it is now true bespoke by one tailor, and so far looks excellent.
$1,350 for a handmade, true bespoke jacket sewn by one tailor is a bargain indeed. Enjoy.
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$1,350? Super 150's bespoke? <drool>
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[quote]$1,350? Super 150's bespoke? Don't think for a second I'm looking this gift horse in the mouth. The suit I had made, which as I said wasn't true bespoke, was $2500. I'm not sure, but I think the fabric he had was either given to him by Tip Top, or sold to him at an opening discount, since he hadn't carried that fabric before.
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Must have been quite a pleasant surprise to find out that he'd be making it himself. I call $1350 plus fabric a deal.
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I got a pleasant surprise from my tailor today. And it really was a SURPRISE. This is my first suit from him, and he's really working hard. The jacket, unfortunately, had the following two errors due to miscommunication (my Korean isn't that great, and neither is his English): The space between the sleeve cuffs and the first sleeve button was too short, and the fronts were too closed. So he recut the whole thing. Imagine my surprise today when I was asked to try on a newly-basted jacket, instead of picking up the old one. This jacket is expensive stuff, made of some nice super 150. This guy is scoring really high in my book: the handwork and materials are great, and the service is wonderful (an entire recut.) and when the suit is finished, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to those expats stuck here in Seoul looking for a good tailor.
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I got a pleasant surprise from my tailor today. And it really was a SURPRISE. This is my first suit from him, and he's really working hard. The jacket, unfortunately, had the following two errors due to miscommunication (my Korean isn't that great, and neither is his English): The space between the sleeve cuffs and the first sleeve button was too short, and the fronts were too closed. So he recut the whole thing. Imagine my surprise today when I was asked to try on a newly-basted jacket, instead of picking up the old one. This jacket is expensive stuff, made of some nice super 150. This guy is scoring really high in my book: the handwork and materials are great, and the service is wonderful (an entire recut.) and when the suit is finished, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to those expats stuck here in Seoul looking for a good tailor.
Hand sewn eye holes and mouth hole, Alias?
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I'm "only" paying $1350 for the jacket, which I think is a bargain, considering it is now true bespoke by one tailor, and so far looks excellent.
If this is to be a regular event, wanna give us the name and address of your tailor?
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(tdial @ Feb. 20 2005,17:11) I'm "only" paying $1350 for the jacket, which I think is a bargain, considering it is now true bespoke by one tailor, and so far looks excellent.
If this is to be a regular event, wanna give us the name and address of your tailor?  
I know you're joking, but I've mentioned him before. Mario Bosco in Atlanta, GA. His # is 404 237 4379. His accent is pretty thick, so beware when calling. Anyone in Atlanta who is thinking about going bespoke locally should definitely look him up. I am an unpaid endorser and do not get any special consideration for referrals, btw. I just love the guy's work.
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