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Saks MTM Suit

Sigsoho

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I recently won a Saks 5th Ave Package where I get to "work with a made to measure specialist to design a custom suit." I'll be in the NYC flagship location in April to experience MTM for the first time and I am quite excited about the upcoming experience. However, I am not sure what to ask, look for, etc. Since I'm still very new to the igent concept and M2M, I don't want to end up with a product that I'm not happy with.

While in college, I purchased a few suits but I won't have anything in the caliber of a M2M. I own 3 BR suits (Navy 3-piece with pinstripes, khaki linen, and a black suit) and a RLBL charcoal suit.

Specs: 5'9", 160, 29 waist

I would prefer a more contemporary cut with a notch lapel. I don't have any details in terms of designer, cut, or fabric, but any help on which ones to look out for, would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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The following is my detail list for someone in your position. This lists out the various points you need to decide upon. Take care that the competition prize may be more limited in scope than someone paying good money might reasonably demond in a decent tailors.

Check list - suit.

Jacket

Where I have put a * these you should really have, the others are choices. There are obviously many other styles and features you can have but of the classic everyday business style:

Single/Double breast?
If single 3 or 2 button?
Roll of lapel - just where?
Peak lapel or notch (SB)
If double button one or two?
4 working cuff buttons*
Colour of lining - contrast or match. Satin or polyester??
Straight or 'slant/hacking’ side pockets with or without flaps?
Outside ticket pocket?
Lapel button hole and flower stem 'cord' behind*
Ensure that the right amount of shirt cuff shows*
Side/centre or no vents
Inside pockets - how many and where placed. I currently have 8?
•\tDo you want any to fasten – zip or button/flap
•\tWhat size?
•\tDo you use two breast pockets: It is certainly now a good idea to have a cell phone pocket as well as a ticket pocket: Think where you want it - not where others would.
Your name embroidered inside?

Trousers

Braces?
Belt or side adjusters/extension band?
If braces how high a rise (can vary by choice) Fishtail back or not?(preferred)
French bearer?
Zip fly or button?
Turn ups?
Pleats? One or two forward or reverse?
Width of bottoms?
Half lined legs?
On seam or slant side pockets?
Lined?
Fob pocket? - what style i.e. in waistband or outside and below with flap?
Back pockets? - 1, 2 or none? If yes how do you prefer them to fasten, button through or flap/button or tab/button. Concealed button is another option. Double jetted with button/hole look best I think.

Waistcoat/vest

-do you want a vest at all
-single-breasted or double-breasted
-if single, five or six buttons?
-lapels or no lapels?
-hole for watch chain?


There are many views here about all these. Some people tend to have a fairly firm few which tends to be from days gone by. These are things - such as braces are a must: they have advantages on 'hang' of the trouser but not everyone wants to have braces visible when they remove their jacket - that is for you although the are not terribly practical today and I would recommend the practical.

I would suggest that you take this list and a current suit and just draw up a list based on this lot that you want. Some of the houses can be a little prescriptive and try to persuade first timers into the cutters thoughts, not what he wants.

You decide and then stick to your guns. It is your suit and you should get the pleasure out of it
 

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Cool list GBR.

Copying it for future reference although I don't see myself needing it for quite some time.
 

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There are a few of the items on that list you simply can't pick in most made to measure programs. You'll get basic options about things like vents, pleats, linings, buttons, etc. but you're not really designing a suit from scratch. If you think you are, you may very well be disapointed by your experience.
 

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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
There are a few of the items on that list you simply can't pick in most made to measure programs. You'll get basic options about things like vents, pleats, linings, buttons, etc. but you're not really designing a suit from scratch. If you think you are, you may very well be disapointed by your experience.

This is helpful to know. I'll try to temper my expectations. No matter the case, If I'm smart about my choices, I'll come out of it a better dressed person.
 

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In your communication with Saks, best to refer to MTM rather than M2M.

MTM is made to measure.

M2M might get you some extra attention in the dressing room.
 

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Wear your best fitting suit
 

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Originally Posted by mack11211
In your communication with Saks, best to refer to MTM rather than M2M.

MTM is made to measure.

M2M might get you some extra attention in the dressing room.


Thanks. I've made the change in the title thread. I didn't want to lead anyone on.
 

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