Thanks to Slewfoot's great tobacco fresco buy of 2012, I took 3 meters of the stuff to Al. Here's some quick facts: Measurements will be taken. Your best-fitting jacket / trousers are recommended, but not necessary. I took a jacket & pair of trousers in & left them with him. A paper cutout will be done. Three fittings are normal, but he says "as many as it takes." I like that. All work is done on premises, or at home by workers he has trained. Unless otherwise requested, jackets are full canvas. He has a variety of cloth from English & Italian mills, although he said he had nothing like the fresco & that it was a good price Jackets are hand-padded, and buttonholes are sewn by hand. Not sure of the quality of the buttonholes; have yet to see. Price, excluding fabric, is from $750-$950. He says the suit should be finished in 4 weeks, depending on fittings. Despite my relatively short stature and build (between PSG & Foo), he said 3 meters might not be enough. I certainly hope so. Al has been making suits & clothes here in San Francisco for over 35 years, and appreciates making a suit when the opportunity arises. If this one goes well, I just may do another fresco or flannel. Not sure yet; depends on how cold it'll be this summer Will update with pics & more details as they come in.