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Custom made clothes from thailand

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cjdevito, Aug 22, 2002.

  1. cjdevito

    cjdevito Member

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    Looking around on the web I've stumbled across a number of sites of tailors in thailand offering custom made clothing in a wide variety of fabrics, design to customer specifications... for -very- reasonable prices. The main site I was looking at was http://www.ravistailor.com/ but it appears to be down at the moment. Quite a few other sites offer the exact same service, at the same prices, with virtually the exact same web page as well; see http://www.mycustomtailor.com/ for an example of one of those. Before I bite the bullet and order a low-end piece or two to guage the quality of their work myself, has anyone had experience with this sort of thing? Buying custom from the far east via the web?
     
  2. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I don't think I'd do that for a couple of reasons:
    1) Kinda hard to measure yourself. Even if i got someone else to measure me, it's kinda hard to stand up straight and make sure they're taking the measurements properly at the same time heh.

    2) Even if you got the measuring done and decided to order. I'd make sure they left the sleeves of the suit for a local tailor to do cause once the surgeons cuffs have been done (assuming they have them), you can't really change the length.

    Seems to me like you'd have to get adjustments done anyway. If I was looking for a bargain, I'd just get off-the-rack from a brand i know and like and have a tailor make any necessary alterations. You could also go to trunk shows at which you can often get discounts.
     
  3. cjdevito

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    With regards to the measurements, it's definitely worthwhile to go down to a local tailor and have them take measurements for you. Much more accurate this way. It's not, to me at least, a question of getting the goods cheaply, or being able skip a few bucks on after-the-fact alterations. More in line of being able to pick -exactly- what you want... cut, style, details, fabric, it's all to your specifications. The fact that it's relatively inexpensive just makes it sound more appealing [​IMG]
     
  4. GQgeek

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    Well if money isn't an issue and you really want to try them, go ahead and order. But, if money REALLY isn't an issue, I don't see why you don't go to your local tailor and ask him to make you a suit instead of asking him to measure you so you can buy it elsewhere (not to mention I'd feel like a real jackass doing that).

    I don't spend money wastefully when shopping for clothes ( if a sale is coming up I can wait to make a purchase), but the general principle of "you get what you pay for" applies for most things. I can't imagine the same doesn't apply here. The best thing to do, IMO, is wait for the trunk shows as you can often get discounts at them.

    I'm going to my first round of trunk shows in September and October so I don't know how much the discounts usually are, however the salesman I usually deal with at Harry Rosen that I buy a lot of stuff from said it's worth waiting for. Normally a MTM suit is 20% more than OTR. So even if the sale just covers that 20% I'll be happy. I would imagine they'd at least cover the premium you'd normally pay for a MTM suit, cause a lot of people, including myself, won't go back to rack suits after they've bought their first custom one, so it's worth it for the companies to do this.

    Oh and ya they let you select cut, style, fabric, etc. But when it comes down to it you're gambling heh. You won't be able feel the fabric to see what kind of quality it is and you won't see other suits to be able to determine the quality of construction before buying. Any tailor that makes fine suits will have as many if not more fabric selections than there are on those sites.
     

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