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MTM Suit Dilema

Anders

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I'm boarding a plane to Korea in 4 hours and I figure I'll get a suit made while I'm there. Based on recommendations I plan on going to Hahn's Tailor. However, I realized that since I don't wear suits, I know nothing about what details I want for the suit. I know general fit and what looks good on people, but I don't know the small details that make a good suit (by SF standards). So my question is, should I go to Korea and get a suit, where a tailor will measure and fit me, but not knowing much about suits, or do I wait and learn more about what makes a good suit and mail order one from TaT (not measured by them)? I think they'll be roughly the same cost. Or someone could give me general guidelines for my 5'8", 150lbs frame. From what I've briefly researched I'm thinking low gorge, 2.5"-3" lapel, side vents, no pleates or cuffs.

Thanks.

Anders
 

Master Shake

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You don't want a low gorge. The success of a MTM or bespoke suit in large part depends on the commissioner's choices and how they articulate what they want. If I were you, I would learn more, especially if the TaT suit is the same price. While I've never tried TaT, I understand their suits are nicely made, and from what I've seen here on the forum, they do a good job. I don't think you'll be missing out on anything by not going in ill-informed with the Korean tailor right now.
 

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