Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, May 21, 2014.
Agree. You should not have left looking like that.
The weather has dried out in NYC, but remains spring-like cool (which is fine by me). Today's attire reflects both conditions.
Suit - BB Regent
Shirt - Lewin
Tie - BB
PS - Robert Talbott
Cufflinks - BB
Shoes - Harris, via Barney's, Boston
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I like to think I do my best for all my clients. MTM obviously has limitations when compared with making a pattern like we do in bespoke. I tried to explain this before we started but the budget would not stretch that far. I no longer do MTM at all. Its always going to be a compromise, do I think it's a bad MTM? Made in England, Multiple fittings and Barberis cloth for 1500? I'll leave that for you to decide but it can never fit like well done Bespoke. Of course nothing stands up to style forum scrutiny.
And more importantly, the tailor should not have allowed him to leave the shop.
David, I am in a one-on-one service industry too. Trying to do your best for all your clients is the ideal foundation for a business plan, and I commend you for this.
It's difficult not to get defensive when your online reputation is being brought into question, but the temptation to react with a knee-jerk exculpatory post is best resisted. GuP's result is problematic, and I think you are best served simply to acknowledge this and offer him redress in the form of another fitting and some adjustments to fix the shoulder problem. Sure, the price was not excessive, you did your best at the time, and anyone can make mistakes on an "off" day. Most of us have been around the block with our various tailors and we recognise that tailoring is an art, not an exact science.
Like I say, just offer your client a solution, let him post the results here, and I guarantee that the 99% of us who aren't dickheads will go "that guy is cool, he acknowledges an imperfect result and fixes it". Your reputation will not suffer; indeed it will be enhanced.
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Dressed for comfort in the BIG smoke.
Brown herringbone on brown herringbone
No padding for me
Chuckling all day
Coat - Giorgio Armani Black Label
Sports coat - P. Johnson Tailor "Napoli"
Pantaloons - P. Johnson Tailor "Napoli"
Shirt - Ascot Chang
Tie - Loro Piana
Shoes - Alden for Leather Soul
Pretty awesome stuff, Gerry and Guido.
I like it too; for me, the light grey suit I posted last was also my first suit that light in color; it takes some time getting used to, but I love it.
Yeah, the tailor is quite old (school). I think especially for taller men like me, a little lower gorge is better. On the other hand, a detail not commonly connected with old school fit, he does amazingly rounded, open quarters. Florentinian old school.
These thinly veiled barbs against my personage must stop!
Good advice for anyone.
Some of my best and most loyal clients are the ones for whom I managed to turn around an initially disappointing result.
May cost you a bit more time and effort than you like at first, but chances are you'll get it back in the long run.
My old MTM tailor screwed up my first commission. I don't know where or why, but it happened. After four fittings, it just didn't look right, so they blew it up and started again. Second try was the charm. I think I eventually ordered two suits and four jackets from them over the next year.
Same experience with my tailor. Nothing went smoothly the first time I saw him. Once you build that relationship you learn his limitations, he learns your preferences, etc. Now I wouldn't go to anyone else by choice.
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