Having a suit made in India?

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  1. IndianBoyz

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    I was in India a few years back and thought it would be a good idea to buy some really nice material and take advantage of the cheaper labour and have some shirts made. I picked Raymond's because it seemed well known.

    Just a warning - be very careful who you pick to do your work. They took the beautiful material I brought them and gave me back shirts which fit me worse than carefully purchased OTR. They agreed to try to fix the job but couldn't pull it off. The workmanship was terrible. The sleeves were literally different lengths, and the button holes were all different sizes. They were very apologetic but didn't offer to make it right in any way. Probably because they knew that I would eventually be leaving.

    Make 100% sure you get multiple excellent references from objective sources before you agree to give anyone your quality cloth.

    This is not a dig at India or Indians - I like both. It's just that you need to be careful over there and make sure you know exactly who you're dealing with. Maybe not so different as over here.

    Vaish seems to be getting some good reviews.
     


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    Kachin's

    I'd suggest anyone thinking of using Kachin's do a search and read reviews by members who have actually had experience with them. I'd suggest IndianBoyz place more faith in personal experience than in hearsay/magazine writeups/wherever the hell else he gets the material he regurgitates.
     


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    I'd suggest anyone thinking of using Kachin's do a search and read reviews by members who have actually had experience with them. I'd suggest IndianBoyz place more faith in personal experience than in hearsay/magazine writeups/wherever the hell else he gets the material he regurgitates.

    What's up with you and IndianBoyz?
    by the way,did the idea of making your avatar into a PS ever come into fruition?"
     


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    What's up with you and IndianBoyz?
    by the way,did the idea of making your avatar into a PS ever come into fruition?"


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    We need someone good at Footoshop to blow the image up to PS size and smoothe it out. Big stumbling block... Any volunteers?

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    To throw a new city into the mix - one can try Barkat Ali in Kolkata. There are two shops with that name one is behind the Oberoi hotel is the place I would suggest. The other one is on Park St. Barkat Ali has a wide variety of material at several price points. Their default is to make a fused jacket but if you ask, they will do a fully-canvassed jacket as well. The cut and fit is excellent. However you might need to be a little nit-picky about the finish. The owner and his sons are always in the shop and are very obliging so make sure that you take delivery only when you are fully satisfied.
     


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    I thought the whole reason there were good tailors in Hong Kong was because of the long British rule... so I'd assume India would have the same sort of thing going on? (i.e. tailors who trained in London or are aware enough to know how to copy specific Savile Row styles)??
     


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    ^^ It might have to with the fact that the British exited India in 1947 while they ruled HK till 1997
     


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    I'd suggest anyone thinking of using Kachin's do a search and read reviews by members who have actually had experience with them. I'd suggest IndianBoyz place more faith in personal experience than in hearsay/magazine writeups/wherever the hell else he gets the material he regurgitates.

    I suggest you STFU. My cousin went there and brought back some lovely spread collar shirts.
     


  11. a tailor

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    take a look at those prices.
    no wonder its getting harder to find tailors in the U.S.
    when all the customers go overseas, there will be no business for tailors here.
    all that will be left is the dry cleaners.

    your friendly optimist
     


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    I live in India and have never bought a suit in India..RTW or otherwise..until I was coerced into it recently.
    Went to a highly "reputed" bespoke tailor in Bombay and bought some really nice Zegna charcoal chalk stripe Super 150's fabric...they gave me at least 5 fittings, if I remember and they completely DESTROYED the fit!! They just cannot get the details or the fit correct!
    My Italian RTW's fit a 100 times better!
    Never again!
     


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    I am from India(I live in the US now) and would like to chime in here. Most Indians wear a suit maybe once in their whole lives - for their wedding reception. There is no suit wearing culture in India, unlike in the West. So, there are few Indian tailors who can make a quality suit that is of acceptable quality in StyleForum.
    Regarding shirts - Century cotton and Arvind Mills produce high quality cotton shirting material. In India, readymade(or RTW) shirts are better made and subject to higher quality control in factories that produce clothes for export. With a local tailor, the quality of stitching is a hit or miss.
    Prompt delivery and timeliness is rare. If you are short on time this can cause you a lot of stress.
     


  14. globetrotter

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    Most americans wear a suit once in their lives, too.

    There are several million indians who do wear suits ona daily basis, though.



    I am from India(I live in the US now) and would like to chime in here. Most Indians wear a suit maybe once in their whole lives - for their wedding reception. There is no suit wearing culture in India, unlike in the West. So, there are few Indian tailors who can make a quality suit that is of acceptable quality in StyleForum.
    Regarding shirts - Century cotton and Arvind Mills produce high quality cotton shirting material. In India, readymade(or RTW) shirts are better made and subject to higher quality control in factories that produce clothes for export. With a local tailor, the quality of stitching is a hit or miss.
    Prompt delivery and timeliness is rare. If you are short on time this can cause you a lot of stress.
     


  15. zalb916

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    I had one sport coat made by Vaish when I visited India. As we were spending the beginning and ending of our trip in Delhi, it allowed for multiple fittings. It was just a one off, fun thing since I was over there and curious. It was inexpensive, and the final result was far from terrible, but nothing to write home about. I'll wear the coat from time to time, and it's a nice reminder of my trip.

    I wouldn't go to Vaish expecting to find a great tailor, but they were exceedingly accommodating to my limited schedule, were much more detailed than the cheap tailors I've encountered in Hong Kong and Vietnam, and were generally very friendly.

    I brought my own fabric, but they carry H&S among a few other decent books. They seem to make for a lot of expats in Delhi. They showed me a vicuna coat that they were making, so they must have a few clients with considerable means.
     


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