For those who are considering attending the bespoke exhibition, I thought it might be useful to describe my experience with Mr. Beaman. One year ago, based on the many glowing reviews of his work on this site, I decided schedule a meeting with him when he came to my city. He quickly acknowledged my request, and we set up an appointment. On the day, I met him in the lobby of his hotel, and proceeded to his suite, which was filled with swatches of fabric of every description. Mr. Beaman proved to be very engaging: young, energetic, with a easygoing and polite manner. More to the point, he was very knowledgeable about tailoring. I asked him to give a critique of the suit that I was wearing, and he gave a first-rate one, pointing out flaws which I had never noticed and indicating in great detail how he would have done things differently. Impressed by this demonstration, I selected some fabric, and commissioned a suit. But then the problems began. The story is long and complex, but essentially the problems were twofold. First, Mr. Beaman is very popular, and has many commitments. Second, he does not live in my city, so arranging a follow-up appointment is not a simple matter. Suffice to say that it has now been one year and I still have not had a first fitting. My experience with him may well be unique. But it may also be something for others to consider.
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