How much does a tailor cost?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LooksGood, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. LooksGood

    LooksGood Senior member

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    Since my measurements are a little off from the standard, I've always wondered how much better a tailored shirt and pants would look on me. How much would it cost in San Francisco, CA to buy a tailored shirt and pants? Thanks.
     


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    It's not clear what you mean by "tailored." Do you mean buying off-the-rack items and having a tailor adjust them for better fit? Or are you referring to having a tailor measure you and make the items from scratch?

    The former is a good cheap option. The latter, aka bespoke, is a much more expensive endeavor, and not recommended for those just getting started. There is an in between option (MTM or made-to-measure) which is cheaper.
     


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    I was referring to "bespoke". What is the difference between bespoke and MTM? Thanks.
     


  4. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    Use the search function more.

    Bespoke - pattern is cut especially for the customer.

    MTM = Made to Measure - Block pattern chosen and refined to customer's fit.
     


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    I don't know that there is true bespoke on offer in the bay area. I haven't seen it yet, but I've only been back for about a year. Wingtip says they do, but I've never really investigated as I'm pretty happy with my existing tailor (even if he is in the wrong state currently :)).

    Most of the more well known bay area Styleforum members either use traveling tailors or travel enough themselves to visit tailors based in other cities.

    Here are the prices for English tailor Thomas Mahon to give you a sense of scale

    http://www.englishcut.com/prices/.
     


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    Prices for bespoke vary widely. Thomas Mason is with about GBP2400 or roughly USD 3700 for a 2-piece suit not at the upper end of the scale, but there are cheaper quality options. E.g. W.W. Chan from Hong Kong (where he is one of the most expensive bespoke tailors) is highly regarded here and on other forums and will make you a 2-piece suit for less than USD2000. And there are many cheaper options.
     


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