(NBankston @ Mar. 30 2005,18:32) Ordered a suit through Zegna's MTM program at the Zegna boutique in Chicago. Â I am very disappointed. Â The fit is no better than RTW. Â I strongly suspect that they simply gave me a RTW 38 regular jacket and 30 waist RTW pants. Â This is not what I understood I was going to get. Â During the initial fitting, I donned a 38 jacket and 30 pants and had their best tailor take measurements from these. Â We agreed to bring the shoulders in, the waist in, decrease the overall length, etc. Â The jacket I received fits me exactly as I remember the original jacket fit. Â Perhaps the waist is slightly more tapered. Â Anyway, I am 100% certain that my alterations tailor could have gotten the same fit with RTW.
Too bad. Â I just received my second suit using Zegna's MTM program and it fits perfectly.
Some of the problems / corrections are more difficult than others. Tightening the shoulders is one of the more difficult ones. It changes everything about the collar, lapels, sleeeves, etc. And, shortening the coat is a similar problem as it alters perceived button height, pocket placement, and vent length. All compounded by moving the waist around. I've got similar issues with fit - and in the same general size. Compounded by slightly wider hips that cause the vents to screw up. I believe that these MTM things can be "oversold" as to the capabilities to get the fit right when so many things are floating around. Some people are simply easier to fit (body more to the industrial model) than others. Going with the RTW in a line that is a close fit in the shoulders - then using the very good tailor to adjust - may get the better fit with less aggrivation. It does not allow two custom components - fabric selection and button stance. The only way I can see to get all of it (affordably) is the WW Chan route. And even then, you will be on pins and needles until it arrives. (What will that fabric look like when made into a whole suit vs. swatch?)