Beginner Bespoke/MTM - what next?

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  1. cosmic

    cosmic Well-Known Member

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    Next week I should be picking up my third bespoke outfit, a navy blue suit (first two were a dinner suit and a navy blazer, both of which I was happy with; and some MTM shirts, which also turned out well). I'm thinking about what to commission next, given my budget constraints and clothing needs. So, I thought I'd ask the forum for advice.

    My situation is that I don't have much requirement for suits - I don't need to wear them every day at my work, for example. So 2 conservative suits will do for pretty much all my formal/work requirements.

    For about 80% of other situations, wearing a suit and tie would make me a bit overdressed. So, I feel that sport coats + odd trousers, and more casual suits that could be worn without a tie, are where I'd get most bang for the buck. I'd be able to use them at work 80% of the time, and at weekends and evenings 80% of the time.

    So, I was thinking to just keep it minimalist with the suits - get the navy suit, then a mid-grey - but to get them at a Savile Row tailor. I.e. go for quality rather than quantity.

    With the SCs, I was thinking maybe to go MTM, or use a more affordable bespoke tailor. This way I can get a greater number and variety, and experiment without breaking the bank or having lots of regrets if I get something wrong. Maybe pick up half a dozen sports coats in classic colours/patterns, and then reassess.

    Cost for bespoke SCs is about 50-75% more than MTM for the same items, and the cloth/pattern selection is a lot better. Would you recommend paying up for bespoke SCs, or is MTM sufficient?
     


  2. JBMarce21

    JBMarce21 Senior member

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    Shadow plaids are an excellent choice. You can easily break them up, just as you would a solid, but you get a little more personality. That way, you get two in one basically.
     


  3. David Reeves

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    I would rather have a fewer high quality items personally. I think half a dozen MTM sport coats sounds like a lot. 2 or 3 bespoke ones would be much better.
     


  4. cosmic

    cosmic Well-Known Member

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    Ok. What would you recommend for first 3 SCs?
     


  5. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    What's the climate where you live?
     


  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Also, what weight is your current navy blazer?
     


  7. JBMarce21

    JBMarce21 Senior member

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    Honestly, I completely disagree. Depends on the level thereof. I have a tuxedo I bought at Michael Andrew's bespoke, which is warranted as some of the very best in NYC, and honestly it does not fit/look better than my 1/2 dozen or so MTM suits.

    As long as you are going full canvas, with good fabric (nothing below vitale barberis canonico/reda level, preferably at the holland & sherry/dormeuil/scabal or upper holland & sherry/zegna) and you go to a good MTM/semi-bespoke shop you can do very well.

    I have tried several myself, but I must tell you Aksel Bespoke is the best I have tried to date and I will not be going anywhere else.

    Or, as some of my coworkers have done, you can get one bespoke suit made then bring it to your MTM/semi bespoke tailor and have them copy it to the nearest 1/8'' and you will do very well, and save a barrel of dough.
     


  8. Elegantly Wasted

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    I'd recommend waiting a year or two before commissioning each of them. Your taste will evolve, your understanding of fabrics will increase, your body measurements may change...
     


  9. cosmic

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    Temperate, low humidity, 5-25 C usually. I can wear my navy blazer almost all year round, so I wouldn't get a second just yet.
     


  10. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    If I were to get 3 more, I'd get summer navy blazer, tweed SC in brown, then some kind of PoW or gun club or shepards check, whatever you like
     


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