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Fitting process for bespoke suit


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Mar 14, 2009
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I apologize if this has been discussed but I ran a cursory search that did not meet precisely what I was looking for. Never the less, I was wondering if someone might be able to provide the typical process and timeline for a bespoke suit; commission to delivery, from A&S or Poole. I'm leaning towards those makers primarily due to the fact that both will be in my city in the coming months which allows me of course to see the product and fabrics in the flesh. If there are any other worthwhile Savile Row tailors who visit Boston, please do tell by the way. The greatest problem as I see it is that my suits will of course be made in London. While I do travel approximately quarterly between the two cities, is it conceivable that I could commission the suit and be initially fitted in Boston, and then follow up with secondary fittings and delivery all on a single 10-14 day trip to London or would other trips be necessary? I have no problem making multiple trips, but it would be nice to get an idea what the process entails before I dive head first into this.


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Feb 25, 2005
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Its not a quick process, so if you expect fittings at 10-14 day intervals in London, I think you would be dissapointed.
If you want to mix fittings in Boston and London, what might make most sense is to order and get a baste fitting in London, as this could be done relatively quickly, then to do the next fitting in Boston. You would have to discuss this in advance with which ever company you chose though, so you wouldn't be able to go to London and then decide.


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Jan 18, 2007
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A&S: You are unlikely to get a basted fitting unless you insist, which you should if you want to try them. Practices vary with the other houses, but typically, even other houses will try to fit you once if they are doing so while traveling to the States. So, make it clear with them as well.

As for scheduling, if want things done in Boston, you are obviously going to be working at the sedate pace of the visiting schedule of your guys. If you can see them in London, then you can speed this up.

Your first meeting will obviously not have a fitting...you will be measured out, your stance and posture evaluated, and then you pick the fabrics and discuss details of construction. If you do this in Boston, you can follow up with fittings in London if you are in a rush.

- B

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