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MTM in Los Angeles?

gachimai

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Reading through the forums, it seems like a lot of people like Thick as Thieves suits, so I was thinking of going to them. I live in L.A., so it would be easy for me to get measured by them, so no worries about doing a self-measure. I definitely want to go MTM as I'm only 5'5" but have some bulk on the shoulder arm area.

My friend get his suits from a person called Mike the Tailor, or something like that. He comes in from Hong Kong and does stops all around the U.S.

Then I know that ww Chan is coming in November to L.A.

Then my sister's friend get his suits from a place called Fitwel, also in L.A.

http://www.fitwel.com/index2.htm

What should I look for in a place? I'm not an expert in textiles or anything, so how do I know a place will do a good job? Obviously, based on reviews, ww chan or Thick as Thieves seem good. I want to spend between $500 - $1000 for just the suit, I will also buy shirts as well.
 

randallr

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TaT, I hear great things. Working with someone face to face would definitely be worth your while. They also are fellow forumites and you should support them! haha
 

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I'm a huge Thick as Thieves fan (own two suits), but you need to know that TaT does one thing and it does it well. They make 'modern', slim cut suits with thin lapels. If that's not what you're looking for, I'm afraid you'd be trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. The TaT suits that deviate significantly from the House cut don't look as good as those that don't. Also, because the suits are much slimmer, the body type that suits TaT best is thin/skinny. If you're not, again, it just wouldn't look right.

If, however, you are a relatively thin person in the market for a suit of this type, look no further than Thick as Thieves. The material is great, the construction is great, and if you have Get Smart measure you...the fit should be spot on.

Good luck.
 

Michael Ay329

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I've tried Fit Well for their MTM shirts and was pleased

I've placed three orders...the second order of 5 shirts had one shirt done in another swatch (that I didn't order) since they ran out of the other one. They didn't bother to tell me if I wanted a refund on this shirt or whether to move forward. I kept the shirt since it was similar to what I ordered and they gave me a slight discount on my 3rd and last follow up order. The 2nd order took 2 and half weeks to complete (I was quoted 4-6 weeks) but the 3rd order took over 6 weeks. I had to call them get an ETA and they mentioned the order had arrived and they were sorry they hadn't called me. Hours later, another sells rep called to tell me my order was ready (obviously the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing.

The fit is the best of any MTM outfit I've used...and I've used 2 other companies in the past...one is Honk Kong Grand and the other is deceased.

Personally, if you want shirts done for the $170-200 range, then try Freddy V. in Studio City. He does bespoke and the fit of his shirts along with the quality of his fabrics are way superior to Fit Wells or any other other Honk Kong based MTM outfit which visits Los Angeles. I've decided to now exclusively work with Freddy V. and put MTM shirts behind me as the slight upcharge for bespoke is well worth it.

Fit Well has a good selection of suit cloth and many possibly thousands of shirt fabric swatches

Their prices are decent...I can't quote you a price because it depends on which fabric you choose and whether you are looking for a 3 piece suit plus odd trouser as I always do

I opted to not try their MTM suits...but this is because my bespoke tailor offers similar pricing but its bespoke with all the fittings and trimmings.
 

gachimai

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Thanks for the info. Regarding TaT suits, I'm average in terms of weight, I guess skinny? 150 lbs... but not tall, so would TaT suits work for me? Tough to tell looking at the site, but I guess that Asian dude would on the site is similar in body type to me.
 

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