Trusted Bespoke Tailors that come to USA?

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  1. rockybalboa

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    HI All,

    My tailor from Thailand who would come to the USA every 6 months or so hasn't responded to any of my e-mails. Do you have any trusted tailors that come from out of the country to NYC every so often, to take measurements, and then make and ship the suit once they get back to their country?

    I had gotten three suits before from him and had no issues.


    OR if you have a trusted tailor in NYC/Montreal area that won't break the bank (custom suit for under $1k) please let me know.


    Thanks!
     
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    Many do, Anderson and Shepherd, Steed, Thomas Mahon and many more.
     


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    Richard Anderson is there ... oh ... what ... three times a year? Most of the London tailors visit New York.
     


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    Awesome. Thanks guys!
     


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    "OR if you have a trusted tailor in NYC/Montreal area that won't break the bank (custom suit for under $1k) please let me know."

    If this is your price point then ignore the suggestions. All are multiples of $ 1k.
     


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    I dislike using the term "bespoke" for such an arrangement.

    "Bespoke" ought to be reserved for situations involving multiple fittings of the suit. Not just a situation where a tailor visits a foreign country, takes measurements from customers, then goes back home to run up the suits and ship them to their owners.
     


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    I came and never left!
     


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    The London tailors I have used -- Richard Anderson, Anderson & Shepherd, Huntsman, Dege, etc -- provide a truly bespoke suit. The cost is upwards of $4K (possibly more as I never ask) and there will be multiple fittings. Of course, if meeting with them only on their trips to the United States, it can take a year or more to receive the final product. Unless one also frequently travels to London -- to speed up the process -- the fittings will be accomplished every four months or so.

    Quality is worth the wait ... when necessary.
     
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    I must say though, I am constantly striving to minimize fittings these days and perhaps its getting "too efficient". A lot of times we sort fit issues before actual fittings. I do this by extrapolating the correct fit from the garment on dress forms and what we know of the clients figuration, Ive only been able to do this in the past couple of years (after being in the business for 16). I had a chap came in for six jackets straight to finish walked out with all of them first time he'd seen them. He was a repeat client and my QC and pattern keeping is manic but it seemed a bit of an anti climax to me. The stories about going back 5 times and a suit still not being right are not how it should be in my opinion.

    Richards philosophy on speed in tailoring is something that I have taken on for my own business, with it taking a year to get a suit out of Savile row on average he was always one for getting them out quicker so clients would ultimately come back more often. Certainly for me its been effective with a much smaller client base.

    Its an interesting thing, speed of production and fittings, for the more modern or younger client they may like the "experience" of multiple fittings or "working" with a tailor. With a lets say more traditional client you may find they value less time spent on fittings although they expect the execution to be there.
     
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    I always prefer fewer fittings ... then spending time with my tailor over dinner ... on me, of course.
     


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    Oh god, I remember year one I had this guy come in from Connecticut my suits were only about $2500 then and I did about 3 a month, my poor wife was working as a baker while pregnant so we could make ends meet. I thought we could get lunch somewhere like veselka as he was coming from out of town just to make it a nicer experience. Somehow he ended up maneuvering me into one of the most fancy places in NYC I have ever seen, it was in LES and still don't know what it was but the staff had tailcoats! At this stage I was expecting him to pay or at least go halves but in any case I ordered something very simple for myself, it may have even been just a starter. he did a three course including lobster, mainly just eating this exorbitant meal in front of me and ran up a $300 tab. The waiter came with the check and he just didn't move. I swallowed it all and didn't say a thing.

    So that's very good of you. Usually I go halves or pay myself though these days but it's always a nice gesture when a client takes you out or brings you a bottle of whiskey.
     
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    Hm, with enough fittings and nights out, I could possibly make my money back from some commissions this way.
     


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    The fewer fittings becomes easier after the first or second suit or shirt.
     


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