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MTM or Bespoke Tweed Jacket Advice, budget $1,000

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by otterhound, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. otterhound

    otterhound Senior Member

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    Jul 15, 2006
    DFW, TX
    I want to commission a black & white herringbone, peak-lapel, single-breasted tweed jacket. English cut: hard structured jacket with waist suppression. My budget is $1,000.

    So I know what I want, I just don't know how to accomplish it.

    I live in Dallas. From my research, there are no tailors here that get good reviews except Chris Despos, and I have no idea whether his house style has any resemblance to what I want or whether he'd have any interest in the project in any case at my budget.

    I own an MTM suit where the jacket fits magnificently, but I don't trust myself to accurately measure it to send the measurements to a far-off MTM house.

    Even if I had measurements ready to send, I wouldn't know who to send them to. Bookster seemed perfect, but then I read about them going out of and then back in business and was scared off.

    Would any of you fine gents be willing to offer some advice on where to go from here? Specifically (1) how to get myself or my existing MTM jacket accurately measured and then (2) where to go for the jacket?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. GBR

    GBR Distinguished Member

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    Mar 15, 2006
    There is no purpose in measuring any existing garment, each tailor has his own 'cut' - it achieves the same objective but the detail is his own. This is one of the causes of mail order MTM being crap.

    You may either have to compromise ". English cut: hard structured jacket with waist suppression." whatever that might mean to get something that fits or else discuss with someone such as Chris Despos how he might achieve your objectives.

  3. suited

    suited Distinguished Member

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    Aug 18, 2008

    SF member @330CK has a MTM program with some nice Holland & Sherry tweeds available. I've seen photos of the swatches and there are some really nice patterns. I've met him several times and can vouch for him being a nice guy and a pleasure to deal with.

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