I like this: http://dresswithstyle.com/2011/09/28/the-first-serious-step-in-bespoke/ So, the first step in bespoke is to get a serious shirt, one that fits, made by the best craftsmen you can’t afford before you step foot inside a tailor’s shop. When you have acquired short term funding from the IMF and had a proper shirt made, have it duplicated in Bangladesh and never (ever) vary from its measures. Then and only then can you venture to the tailors and ask him to make a coat whose sleeves will be calibrated to the shirt’s measures (now a mathematical constant) so the right amount of shirt cuff is revealed. So basically he suggest two tailors: one who makes the master shirt (preferably in Europe - that's close to me - UK, Italy, France - what is your best recommendation?) and the second one who replicates it (maybe I can send him the master shirt to some place like Hong Kong by post - and he is able to replicate from that?). What is your take on all of this?