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From what I've seen I wouldn't rave about Aussie cordwainers.* The bevelled sole of a RTW C&J blows anything they do out of the water, let alone a pair of John Lobbs...

 

Bespoke shoes don't seem to have the utility that shirts and suiting either. Knowing the right instep and last, RTW would do 95% of guys. 

 

 

 

*notable exception of a certain bootmaker...

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Coxsackie, some really nice Tom Ford suits on ebay for around $2500. Decent colors and fabric too, in my size, urggh. Model T Wetherby, really gorgeous, and my wallet is starting to flinch.

There's even a dark grey brown in Birdseye weave that could pass Oli's CBD test.
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Wait, people actually spend over $600 on OTR suiting?

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If you can find a tailor with the skill to replicate the TF silhouette at a price less than OTR, than i will be happy to send him all my future business.
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Exactly my thoughts Lennier. Are shoes actually fixable in fitting though? Or would they have to start again from scratch.

If they're overall too big I expect they'd have to start again. But frankly that's their problem (other than the timing issue of course).
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But does TF silhouette fit one's body shape ?
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post
 

Wait, people actually spend over $600 on OTR suiting?

 

Sure.  There's so much of it out there that you're bound to find some fantastic quality stuff that fits well OTR if you look (the rise of internet sales with measurements included make it so much easier).  The Ralph Lauren Purple Label I got from the B&S forum here last year is a mile better than any MTM I could get at the same price (including tailoring it would have been just slightly more expensive than my suit shop suit, and much as I like that the RLPL suit is easily the best suit I own, and after tailoring fits as well as the MTM suit).  I'm very happy with all the OTR suits I own, and a few of them did indeed cost more than $600 before tailoring costs.  They were still bargains.  And they all fit fabulously.

 

There's a difference between spending money on poor quality overpriced OTR suits and well-made OTR suits with quality fabrics which are already excellent fits before tailoring.  And there's always bargains somewhere on quality OTR suits.

 

I've seen plenty of terrible MTM suits which people have told me with pride are "bespoke" (no they aren't) from online MTM services or less reputable travelling tailors.  Also plenty of very good MTM, of course, but MTM just ensures a better fit (or should do).  It doesn't mean the suit pattern or fabric has any inherent quality.

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But does TF silhouette fit one's body shape ?

That obviously depends on the body shape. We have coxsackie as reference though.
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OK well I suppose I'm lucky in that I'm 180cm, 81kg and not particularly overweight, so a size 50 or 52R will generally drape reasonably well to my frame straight off the rack. I have a slight stoop thanks to adolescent Scheuermann's Disease, which affects fit around my chest, so I have to be careful with that; despite that I've purchased OTR suits that needed no alteration whatsoever to the jacket.

 

Now that TF suit on the other hand. It's a 52R but when I first put it on in the store, the jacket was too long, sleeves too long, trousers slightly too baggy in the thigh, and yet very tight around the waist. Perfect fit around the chest otherwise I would have walked away. I spent another $230 on alterations. It has working sleeve buttons and a windowpane pattern in the fabric, so I could only take the sleeves up about 1.5cm. Ideally the sleeves would be 1cm shorter still. Shortening the jacket brings the pocket flaps down slightly too low, but you would need a sharp eye to spot that.

 

Basically that suit was made for a male model - broad shoulders, built chest, tiny waist, big thighs, long limbs. It took some clever tailoring to get it to work on my more pedestrian body. But here's the funny thing: it looked great on me even before that work. Just the quality of the fabric and construction ensures that the suit maintains its basic shape even when it doesn't quite fit. Lord knows how they do that.

 

Anyway, one is enough.

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I tried on a TF suit at Harrolds not long after they got them in. For a small guy, I found the roped shoulders, wide peak lapels etc etc to be a bit much. This all said, I prefer softer tailoring anyway, so others may well have a different experience. But certainly, getting to try it on was no hassle. They have so much stratospherically expensive street wear there that I don't even think they know wha their customer base is meant to look like anymore...
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

OK well I suppose I'm lucky in that I'm 180cm, 81kg and not particularly overweight, so a size 50 or 52R will generally drape reasonably well to my frame straight off the rack. I have a slight stoop thanks to adolescent Scheuermann's Disease, which affects fit around my chest, so I have to be careful with that; despite that I've purchased OTR suits that needed no alteration whatsoever to the jacket.

Now that TF suit on the other hand. It's a 52R but when I first put it on in the store, the jacket was too long, sleeves too long, trousers slightly too baggy in the thigh, and yet very tight around the waist. Perfect fit around the chest otherwise I would have walked away. I spent another $230 on alterations. It has working sleeve buttons and a windowpane pattern in the fabric, so I could only take the sleeves up about 1.5cm. Ideally the sleeves would be 1cm shorter still. Shortening the jacket brings the pocket flaps down slightly too low, but you would need a sharp eye to spot that.

Basically that suit was made for a male model - broad shoulders, built chest, tiny waist, big thighs, long limbs. It took some clever tailoring to get it to work on my more pedestrian body. But here's the funny thing: it looked great on me even before that work. Just the quality of the fabric and construction ensures that the suit maintains its basic shape even when it doesn't quite fit. Lord knows how they do that.

Anyway, one is enough.

well said, my thoughts exactly. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

Basically that suit was made for a male model - broad shoulders, built chest, tiny waist, big thighs, long limbs. It took some clever tailoring to get it to work on my more pedestrian body. But here's the funny thing: it looked great on me even before that work. Just the quality of the fabric and construction ensures that the suit maintains its basic shape even when it doesn't quite fit. Lord knows how they do that.

 

Anyway, one is enough.

Phew, guess I'm lucky here then. Now I just have to set enough cash aside to actually fund the purchase of one. 

 

Missus gave the approval to buy @ full price for the wedding day in the future, the only time I'll ever really be able to justify the purchase. If I can fetch one on sale - even better! Will leave more money for a pair of shoes, which I'm afraid she will be inclined to decline...

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