1701 Bespoke Review? (Detroit)

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  1. josiahj

    josiahj Member

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    Hey everyone!

    I live in the Detroit area and was looking to get a custom MTM or Bespoke suit made. I came across 1701 Bespoke, which is a locally-owned kickstarted-funded custom suit shop run by two best friends, and I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with them? I've seen nothing but glowing google reviews and yelp ratings, but I wanted to check if anyone here had used them before I take the plunge. I called them and they seemed knowledgeable and friendly, and their prices are very enticing. They also offer high quality fabrics (such as Zegna) so needless to say I'm very interested!

    If anyone has had any experience with them I'd love to hear about it!
    Thanks!
     


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    Yorker Senior member

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    No expierence, but from a little checking around it looks like you'll be in the area of $1,500-2,000. If you have an atypical body type it might be a good deal, but from what I can see it seems like you could get something better with a smart RTW purchase and a good tailor. If you're looking into 1.5-2k, you could purchase a suit from sartoria formosa via No Man Walks Alone, which would undoubtably yield a higher quality suit, and possibly a better fit.

    Generally, if you're new to menswear I would wait a good while before going off and ordering MTM or bespoke. Your tastes will change drastically within the first year of actually thinking about menswear.

    I know that If I had spent some cash on MTM with all the little bells and whistles I would have wanted right when I started out, I would probably have ruined the jacket or suit with silly details that detract from the whole.

    If you're in that range, check this out before hand.

    http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/index.php/makers/makersinfo/view/id/125#shopproducts
     


  3. josiahj

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    1701's suits actually start at $820 for a fully canvassed suit. I've owned several OTR suits in the last few years (and tried on many more) and nothing seems to fit well, as I have a somewhat unusual body type. (I'm 6'2'', with a 43 inch chest, 31 inch waist, and broad shoulders), suit separates have been my only option and even then the jackets never taper quite right even after tailoring, so I was looking at giving MTM a try (functional button cuffs and features like a 3-roll-2 lapel are other reasons I'm looking at MTM), Thanks for the info!
     


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    No experience with 1701 Bespoke, though the photos of their jackets/suits look promising, as do the ties on their website. If you end up paying them a visit, I'd be curious to hear more. The Claymore Shop in Birmingham apparently does Samuelsohn MTM, so that's another option to look into.
     


  5. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    looks like the suits are made in one of the better HK/China factories.

    some of those factories even have levels of workmanship.
    Opening price point suits might be made in the lower cost workroom.
     


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    I'll have to ask about whether the different price ranges have different levels of workmanship (hand finishing etc), I just wish there was more info on these guys, because so far everything I'm finding seems to be great, but I'm still apprehensive. Here's hoping someone around here has used them before. If I do end up going with them I'll be sure to post fit pics and a review!
     


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    I haven't yet, been busy and been climbing on the SuitSupply addiction train. I do hope to try them within the next year though, if I do I'll resurrect the thread with a review.
     


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    If you do use 1701 at some point, I'd be interested in your experience as well.

    I went into their shop in Birmingham on a whim one day (I was dropping something off at "Ali the Tailor" who is just a couple doors down) and they had a pretty good selection of fabric books to pick through. I wasn't really interested in buying anything that day so wasn't listening too hard at the prices but I seem to recall that their prices jump pretty quickly as you move up from the basic fabrics. I follow them on Instagram though and they do put together some very nice outfits (and, FWIW, a friend of mine was the architect that did the design work for their new store in Midtown).

    @breakaway01 mentioned The Claymore Shop for MTM from Samuelsohn and I've gone that route a couple times now and have been very happy with the results.

    Carl Sterr, also in Birmingham, can also do MTM from Samuelsohn and Southwick. His prices are generally a little higher than Claymore, but he provides the absolute best customer service that I've experienced in the area.
     


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    Not to derail this thread, but glad to hear that you've had good experiences at the Claymore Shop and Carl Sterr. I'll definitely have to check them out--thanks very much.
     


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    I know I am hunting through the graveyard a bit, but I have recently purchased a jacket from here. I will follow up with a review and full pricing information
     


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