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Do you recommend buying my own suit fabric directly or from my tailor?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by golakers32, May 26, 2012.

  1. golakers32

    golakers32 New Member

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    Good day,

    I'd like to get a 3-4 suits made here in the Los Angeles area. I was thinking of buying my own fabric from Taylor & Lodge or similar online seller and bringing it to a suitmaker - perhaps take it to Robert Lim/High Society. Hoping it would make it overall more affordable.

    Is this considered cost-effective and, if it may be, does anyone have any recommendations/experience on how best to go about it?

    Thanks,

    golakers32
     


  2. perpetua

    perpetua Senior Member

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    Probably not more cost effective, as your tailor can buy at wholesale prices. Also, most tailors won't do this for you until you've gotten a suit or two made up already. Providing your own fabric is called "CMT," search the forum for more info.
     


  3. OlSarge

    OlSarge Senior Member

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    +1

    And that goes for any sort of bespoke work. I once drove my gunsmith crazy because I sent him a bundle of parts and asked him to put them together. Not a good idea! Your tailor buys in bulk. You buy one or two suits at a time. Come on, now. Do you really believe you can get it cheaper? Don't be silly.
     


  4. Plestor

    Plestor Senior Member

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    It depends. In general no. The important situations are

    a) Alternate/Discount/ NOS fabrics
    b) Grey importing (eg I can say Minnis from HFW for about about 1/3 cheaper than the local distributior)

    I'd also point out that a can often give you nicer fabrics as well.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2012


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