First Chan Suit/ Bespoke Experience SF Please Advise

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  1. 2themoon

    2themoon Well-Known Member

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    SF,

    I have decided to fly to D.C to visit a cousin on July 26-28 and WWChan will be there also and have decided to pick up 2-3 suits.

    I have never had a Bespoke experience before and want to give it a shot vs OTR.

    Any tips advice on what questions to be asking/what to wear or look for to make sure I get my moneys worth would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I'd be cautious getting that many suits made at once. Will you be getting fittings? I'd bring my best fitting suit so they can get an idea of measurements and style.
     
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    +1. Particularly if this is your first experience with bespoke. First projects with almost any maker will often have issues. Better to wait until those are ironed out prior to ordering more.
     
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    I live in STL. I'm going to see WWChan in D.C, even if I get one suit how would I iron out problems when i go back home?
     
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    I'm assuming your not going to get fittings? You can have Chan look at it on his next tour to fix any issues and once your satisfied then order more.
     
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    Some of the issues (not minor ones like sleeve length etc. but large ones such as issues of balance) often cannot be fixed with your first commission even if your tailor lives next door. That's the nature of bespoke. These issues are fixed with your next commission after your paper pattern is altered. This is why is isn't a great idea to get more than one thing made when you first start with a tailor.
     
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    I had assumed ( I guess incorrectly) that with getting fitted by WWChan or any bespoke that it would be a one and done meeting. I guess I ignorantly assumed that they would be so good they could get the measurements perfect the first time.
     
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    Don't be hard on yourself and you're not ignorant. Bespoke takes time. Very few tailors if any at all can get it right the first time. Just bring your best fitting suit to your meeting and hopefully they will get it right or close to it. Good luck!!!
     
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    The truth of the matter is...I dont know if I have any good fitting suits? I guess the reason i wanted a bespoke was so a properly trained tailor could fit me top to bottom and I could finally get a correct fitting suit. Would it be the wrong thing to do to not bring a suit?
     
  10. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I doubt if many men on this forum have bought more stuff from Chan than I have.

    A few thoughts:

    I have never had multiple fittings with Chan. My first suit from Chan was a good, well-fitting garment. Subsequent jackets and suits have approximated perfection, once Patrick had a chance to evaluate the fit on my first order. My advice: Don't get more than one suit on your first order. Whether you want multiple fittings is up to you, but it does delay the process considerably. I have never rued not having multiple fittings. By all means wear your best fitting suit to your meeting with Patrick. Chan is a wonderful outfit to deal with. Although their prices have gone up considerably in the past few years, they are still an excellent value. Once they have your pattern "nailed," you can order multiple garments from them, even if you have to travel a considerable distance to meet with them. You will want to.
     
  11. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    At your first meeting with them they will "fit" you with a kind of loosely stitched vest made of cheap material that I assume they then use in making your pattern. Only tailor I've ever seen do that. I also got no fittings. Suit fits pretty well. My personal experience them was very positive. They're very professional and good at what they do. But all that said, you are taking a risk if you will be seeing then once without the possibility of seeing them again. If nothing else, only because if you don't already have a good eye for fit, and they never see suit on you, you might not notice fit problems that could be fixed.
     
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    No, it wouldn't be wrong at all but it would give them an idea of what to improve on and get your measurements a bit more accurate.
     
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    So even if I bring a non perfect fitting suit that will be better then nothing?
     
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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Wearing nothing would definitely be a little weird.
     
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    lol

    Would wearing not a perfect fitting suit be better then wearing no suit at all just regular clothes?
     

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