Strolling around the tailors Shinkuku station (there are at least 5-6 of them with easy walking distance from each other) last night I found something rather rare for Tokyo MTO tailors (who mainly carter to the CBD salarymen crowd); a mid-weight domestic-made wool in a darker tan/mustard color, similar to the classic color for corduroy. Damn cheap too, and as they wanted to get rid of the last bolt, I was offered it at half price (just below 20.000 yen for a 2 piece – yes, Tokyo can be cheap sometimes). As I'm starting teaching next month, I've been contemplating a “teachers suit”. My Japanese colleagues will wear anything from solid black 3-pieces to jeans/ shirts or T-shirts to sweats (at least PE teachers do, both in classroom and in the gymnasium), so I really don't need to worry about my workplace. The tailor in questions (Tailor Fukuoka) has 5 models to chose from; given my rather gaunt build, I pretty much down to picking between the “British slim” and the “Italian slim”. I tried on several sample jackets and the British slim is clearly a better (snugger) fit with slim armholes. As can be expected tough, it gives a bit “stiffer” impression compared to the slightly looser italian-inspiried cut. The makeup I'm considering going with the “British slim” model and then add a few touches to soften up the impression a bit. 1. Little to no padding in the shoulders (I have sloped shoulders but not totally sure what is best here). 2. All patch pockets. 3. Elbow patches in dark or mid-brown brown suede. 4. Notched lapels, single breasted 3-button-rolled. 5. Considering leather buttons (will this too funky on a suit you think?) Will be worn with turtlenecks and suede shoes a good deal of the time. Cloth has the ribbed structure as the cloth in the photo below (color is different, of course). Any graceful input will be gratefully accepted and considered. I'd be happy to post photos of the finished product as well.