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Looking to get first suit made, need help on what to "order"


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Sep 12, 2015
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Hey guys,

I am in Hong Kong for the year, and thought it would be a great opportunity to up my game and get my first fully canvassed suit made.

I have had a bit of experience with OTR suiting and tailor alterations before, but have never had to deal with the whole process 1-on-1 with a tailor. After doing some window shopping today, I settled on Lee Baron, who seems to have a decent reputation on this site and was an accommodating combination of friendly customer service and decent pricing which fits under my (student) budget.

The question is, when I go in to get my suit made, what exactly do I ask for? These are the sort of things I've settled on so far. Keep in mind that I am looking for a relatively modern, young fit. I'm 21, and have a slim build.

-Two piece
-Navy with subtle pattern, no shine
-Two button
-Two vents
-Inside pocket with possibly an additional left breast pocket for my iPhone (not sure if thats possible)
-Can I ask for a thicker lining? I hate the feeling of a flimsy lining.
-Notch lapel, on the thinner side
-Minimal padding on the shoulders
-High armholes
-Pants should have barely one break, and a bit more tapered than standard

A few things I'm not sure about:

-Pockets? What can I ask for in my pockets?
-How high do I want my first button to be?
-What is a reasonable thread-count in my wool?

Is there anything else I should mention? Anything I should watch out for? Apologies if this is coming off as extremely ignorant or misinformed.


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Jun 3, 2010
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With all these kind of questions, you are better of asking an experienced friend to come with you.

Better than us telling you absolutely evething to further confuss you.
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Mar 15, 2006
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It probably would be best to post pictures in a currently owned suit, for guidance on design.

Thread count around 120 should be okay, assuming it's a pure wool suit, which probably it should be.

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