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Best Country for Custom Suit AND Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Damarius, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Damarius

    Damarius Member

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    I am in the process on planning a vacation and thought I would kill three birds with one stone. I will take the opportunity to purchase at least four suits and four pairs of shoes. I plan on spending around MAX 500 per suit, however, I would prefer to spend around 200-300.
    Shoes I was thinking MAX would be 200 per pair. I also only plan on being in town for about a week, therefore the end product would more than likely have to get mailed to me.

    Have a few questions

    What would be the best country/city to visit? (Please note it would be nice to have some sort of vacation while there.)

    What type of garments would be the best bang for my buck?

    Can the one week deadline be attained or would it have to be shipped?

    Also would there be a problem with customs if I had to have it mailed?

    Thank you in advance for your input
     
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  2. Stugotes

    Stugotes Senior member

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    There's no bang for the buck in bespoke. And 500$ max. for a suit isn't going to get you further than overnight fused crap in south-east Asia.
     
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  3. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    If you're only willing to pay $500 for a "bespoke" product, then I think you lack the knowledge, understanding and appreciation necessary for successfully commissioning anything bespoke.
     
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  4. Damarius

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    I am not looking for Bespoke, I am looking for custom tailored suits to my measurements. I know for a fact that you can get a custom tailored suit in countries in asia between 200-500 US.
     
  5. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I'm afraid bourbon is right. Why bother getting some nominally customized dreck if you can put that money towards something a little better RTW.

    If you're insistent, I think Vietnam might be your best bet.
     
  6. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    [quote name="Damarius" url="/t/318112/best-country-for-bespoke-suit-and-shoes#post_5801786" I know for a fact that you can get a custom tailored suit in countries in asia between 200-500 US.
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    Now take out your calculator. How much does 4 metres of mid range cloth cost? All the other bits. Ignore the cost of labour and all the other overhead. Just material costs. What do you really think you're getting for $200
     
  7. Damarius

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    The Men's Wearhouse in Podunk, Indiana should be able to meet your budgetary needs. You can visit the World's Largest Rocking Chair while you're there on vacation. The Macaroni Grille in the new strip mall just outside the city has an excellent lunch special.
     
  10. TM79

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    You can get a "custom" piece of crap for that price. Read the forums more. You'll see plenty of people who tried Asian MTM in that price range and ended up with stuff that didn't fit well etc. etc.

    If your total budget is $2500 appx. which it sounds like, get 2 nice suits instead of 4 pieces of shit.
     
  11. Damarius

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    Im not trying to get redneck prices and do not need your rude comments. All I was asking was feedback, I see no reason to spend 3 k on a custom suit. Like anyone I want to get the best bang for my buck. Don't worry about it though. I'll continue to research and see what I come up with.

    Next time I post a question I will ensure I get feedback from those that have ventured in other countries and not those that simply shop in the US.
     
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  12. TM79

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    Just remember - if it was out there for that price and the same quality as the 3k suit, people who come to a style forum every day would be buying it.

    Anyways, good luck ...
     
  13. Stugotes

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  14. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I think you'll find more people who have ventured to Italy than Bengladesh for custom clothes.

    You're better off trolling eBay than the back alleys of Kuala Lampur if you want to look good.
     
  15. SteegerSascha

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    I think any asian country would be perfect for you. You can find "cheap" suites with decent quality in Thailand. But also other countries are able to create good quality for nice prices.
     
  16. globetrotter

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    short answer - bangkok. spend 2 days getting measured, then go to an island for 2 days, come back for another measurement, to up north for 2 days, come back and spend 2 days closing up and getting everything the way you want it.

    you'll get suits at a quality of brooks brothers, made to your specs. nothing great, but what you want
     
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    OP, I'm sorry you are frustrated with the responses. But, believe it or not, people here know what they are talking about, and I hope you stick around long enough to realize that.

    In an attempt to be constructive, I will say that my Chinese in-laws have been able to find a tailor in Southern China that does pretty great work (on women's clothes, so I can't recommend them for suits) at a shockingly low price by Western standards. However, my in-laws have several advantages that I presume you do not, otherwise you wouldn't be asking here:
    • They are presently living in China, and therefore have been able to invest the time to find a great local tailor by trial and error. You do not have that luxury.
    • They speak the language, allowing them to interact constructively in the process and deal with tailors who do good work but don't speak English. You will presumably be limited to English-speaking tailors or their intermediaries, and there will always be a language barrier.
    • They are able to get preferential treatment by being repeat customers and, more importantly, engaging on a common cultural level to deepen the relationship. You are the rich Western tourist flying through once and only once.

    So in my estimation, if you are willing to learn Mandarin, live in China for several years, and try out dozens of tailors, I bet you can eventually find one who will make a world-class suit of decent materials for under $500. Short of that? Not so much.
     
  18. Damarius

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    I appreciate your constructive replies. I speak fluent Mandarian however I learned in in college and have not travelled to every single asian country.

    My plan was to to purchase high quality materials, and bring them with me. My understanding is the labor in asian countries can be between 250-400 per suit. Therefore in essence I am saving allot of money because the same suit would cost me almost 2k or more in the United States. I understand I would need to do my homework and maybe have him/her tested my making a dress shirt prior.

    I admit I am not a suit expert, however I have been researching this topic for a long time.

    My other option would be to buy Jos A Banks Signature Gold Platinum collection. Right now they are running a sale buy 1 get 2 free. Therefore I would have anywhere from 400-600 per suit after alterations.

    I welcome your input however just because you may not have performed this task or think everyone should go to New York and spend 5k on a suit does not constitute negative feedback. Looking for advice of those who have researched this option.

    Thank you!!
     
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  19. md2010

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    If you want cheap suits made in Asian countries go to Bangkok and you can have suits made with in 24hrs for less than $200.
    I wouldn’t recommend bringing expensive/quality fabrics to these tailors . Its like if you have a Ferrari you take it to Ferrari to service you don’t take it to your corner doggy repair shop.
    In this world you get what you pay for. If you pay $300 you will get a suit that is worth $300. Which is not a bad thing(well you dress according to your means). Anyone who spends over $2k on suit you can tell from a mile that the suit is quality made.
     
  20. Damarius

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    My other option would be to buy Jos A Banks Signature Gold or Platinum collection, retail they are over 2k. Are those worth the expense?

    I know they would not be a Brioni but they are the premier line of Jos A Banks, if that even means anything.
     

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