The Official Tweed Appreciation Thread

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  1. OlSarge

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    Bookster makes their garments to measure. Have a tailor measure you and send them the numbers. They will make it either fit or come so close that only minor alterations will be needed.
     


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    I think it's an additional 80 pounds with the "bespoke" options. I'm still a bit wary on online MTM companies...The only reason I'm considering them is the affordability. I still like the idea of having fittings. But I might just go with them after all...Have you done any reviews of Bookster products? Thanks!
     


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    Actually another one of my concerns is I've read some online MTM companies like Indochino will only take your measurements you've submitted into considerations. They will end up doing their own interpretations of your measurements. I hope that's not the case with Bookster...If I take time and money to get measured by tailors, I would want the suit makers to make the garments to the exact measurements.
     


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    I have not personally ever bought anything from Bookster though I hope to in the future. The only MTM company I have dealt with is MyTailor (not to be confused with Moderntailor, okay?) and since I live about twenty minutes from them, I just Joe take my measurements. What I like is that they put the measurements onto your own personal account. That way I can go to Bookster or some other MTM company should I ever choose to do so. Nothing but respect for MyTailor, here.
     


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    Man, I wish I lived by an online MTM company. Well, I've done business with EliteSuits. They've made a 2 piece with my measurements but for some reason the jacket didn't turn out to have the best fit. I think Bookster has an option for people to submit their measurements off of a garment, I'm not too sure though... But I wonder how the fit will be without the actual basted fitting....Btw, is that Smokey the Bear on your avatar?
     


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    No, grammpa Smokey always wore a campaign hat. That's because he spent his life in uniform and was always up country in the piney woods. I'm a born and bread suburbanite and find in the mild SoCal climate that a panama is not only much more stylish but more comfortable as well.

    By the way, no less an authority than Paul Winston has stated for the record that 90% of men are just as well served with MTM. The only real excuse, in his opinion, for true bespoke is if you are seriously deformed and need that kind of attention.
     
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    LOL!

    Yeah, I think MTM is as far I will go. I don't see the need to go beyond that. But I still would like having fittings. Here's the thing, one of the local tailor whom I'm considering getting a sport coat with has quoted me $750 for a navy one. His suitings are made in the good old USA and you get 2 fittings. If I were to go with Bookster, with their bespoke options, the total comes out to be around $600. So the question becomes do I want to spend $150 extra to ensure I get the right fit? I'm leaning yes on it. But I love the idea of owning a British made tweed.

    Anyhow, I've looked at mytailor.com's Loro Piana fabrics especially the super 120's ones, they are pretty affordable at $899 compared to other tailors' quotes at $1300 and up. Why is that Hemrajani tailors have cheaper Lora Piana by a few hundred dollars? By any chance, do you know? It just seems too good to be true.
     


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    Why do you put so much emphasize on unlined and uncanvassed? What's your budget? I think Bookster's $484.53 price tag on a hacking jacket is pretty appealing.
     


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    I measured one of my bespoke jackets against their standard measurements and chose the size that matched most closely and then made adjustments to the length of sleeve, back and waist etc as necessary.
    http://www.tweed-jacket.com/bookster hacking jacket sizing.html
    http://www.tweed-jacket.com/Bookster Sizing Pictures.html

    It works well the only problem I have had is on one garment where the sleeve length was not altered and it is a bit long. As it has functioning buttonholes I cannot change it myself and it is not so bad.
     


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    Thank you, sir. By any chance did you order your jackets using their standard measurements or did you upgrade it with their "bespoke options" to fine tune ie. shoulders, chest, and sleeves length?

    I've learned the hard way when ordering online, it's easier to have non functional cuffs just in case you need to shorten the sleeves. My jacket sleeves were about 1/4 inch too long but my tailor couldn't shorten them from the cuff. I guess I could of shorten the sleeves from the shoulders but that seemed too much work and money vs. the pay off.

    Again, thanks for the information.
     


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    I did make use of their "bespoke options". to fine tune the design, in my case it was the length of the body and width of lapel.
     


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    "Anyhow, I've looked at mytailor.com's Loro Piana fabrics especially the super 120's ones, they are pretty affordable at $899 compared to other tailors' quotes at $1300 and up. Why is that Hemrajani tailors have cheaper Lora Piana by a few hundred dollars? By any chance, do you know? It just seems too good to be true."


    Know? Uh-uh. Speculate? Well . . . Hemrajani seems to be a very tech advanced company. When you get measured, those measurements are wired directly to the tailoring shop in Hong Kong where the other Hemrajani brother holds sway. I would guess that for standard clothing, like their shirts and 'normal' jackets, there's a lot of CNC cutting and sewing going on. Can't prove it. Don't quote me. I do know that when you want something completely different (I'm having a vintage Pendleton Topster duplicated) it gets turned over to one of their very senior tailors and takes a lot longer. So I suspect that their operating costs are lower. After all, most of the cost of a suit isn't in the material, it's in the labor.
     
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    Hey guys, I was doing some browsing on Bookster's website and stumbled across their customers gallery. Is it me or most if not all of their suits and jackets look a bit on the baggy side? I'm interested in ordering with them but I was hoping to see someone a bit more slimming suit or jacket...

    http://www.tweed-jacket.com/GALLERY PAGE/CUSTOMER GALLERY/index.htm
     


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