San Francisco vs Los Angeles for MTM/bespoke suits?

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  1. smilence

    smilence Well-Known Member

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    I live in San Francisco but I travel to Los Angeles or Las Vegas from time to time. I did some research here and seems the bespoke/MTM options in San Francisco/Bay are rarely mentioned, most are for alternations. Would finding a good tailor in Los Angeles be reasonable? I'm looking at $1,300 to $2,000 range, so maybe falling short for the bespoke, but if the outcome can be impressive, then I might consider spending more.
     
  2. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    San Francisco has good options for custom tailoring, but it's all through traveling options. Meaning, tailors from other cities come here to meet and fit customers. Happens about three or four times a year. The next big round of visits is in October.

    Who you choose depends on your taste and budget. For a suit, you would have to up the budget to at least $3,000, however. Maybe even a touch more.

    Los Angeles also gets traveling tailors, but aside from Rubinacci, they all visit San Francisco. They do have some more local options, however. You could look into High Society. I think he's one of the more affordable shops.
     
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    smilence Well-Known Member

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    yeah I was looking into High Society as you spoke, they seems to be more affordable and very accessible, but it seems most folks here use them as CMT, so not sure what their fabric selection in stock would be
     
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    btw, what do you think would be the best way to find out what traveling tailors would be in San Francisco in October.
     
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    dieworkwear Senior member

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    You can get relatively affordable fabrics through Huddersfield Fine Worsted. I would probably start there.

    https://www.hfwltd.com/

    There's no master list for the tailoring shops that come through. If you see someone you like, you can ask if they visit San Francisco. But a lot of this depends first on your budget, and then secondarily on your style preferences. If your budget is around $3,000 for a suit, you can check with WW Chan from Hong Kong. They're probably the best in terms of value. I don't know anyone who would make a good bespoke suit for less.

    If your budget is closer to $4,000, options start to open up. If it's closer to $5k to $6k, then options really open up and you can start choosing between styles more. Around $3k, you don't have as many style options (although, maybe that doesn't matter if you're happy with the tailor you choose).
     
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    smilence Well-Known Member

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    I was looking at some older posts, and it seems that ww chan pricing should be $1,500 and up in Hong Kong,did I miss anything?
     
  7. CharlesGoyer

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    Richard Lim at High Society is really good for the price. I made trousers for him a couple years ago.

    My Made to Measure starts at $2000, and is made in the same workshops at Gieves, and Hawkes MTM.

    I will make a pattern for you using a formula I learned in England, and fit it for $3000.

    You can see more of my work at charlesgoyer.com

    Best,

    --Charles
     
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    Huntsman comes through SF on a regular basis. But, their starting price is about $7k and you need to go through 3 fittings. Honestly, I think the price is worth it.

    MTM in San Francisco includes Tom James, Brooks Brother (of course) and other chain stores.

    Bespoke in SF would include Spoon Tailor, Artful Gentleman, Varvatos to name a few.
     
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    Yeah I decided to give spoon tailor a shot. I might try huntsman after I get to 30s and with a less tight budget.
     
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    Best of luck and let us know how it goes. A nice Bespoke suit look fantastic.

    San Francisco is a very good city for men's clothing. There are quite a few options for jackets, suits, etc. It does lack with regards to shoes though - some of the great brands from Europe are not in San Francisco as a standalone store - Carmina being one - though they are at Wilkes Bashford.
     

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