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Would you buy used S.R. Bespoke suits?

mafoofan Jr.

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I'm looking at a few stunning suits on ebay from Gieves and Hawkes and am wondering what the folks here think? Some will end in two days and no bidders yet. They seem to fit me provided that the measurements are done correctly.
 

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I suppose if they are mafoofan's old suits then they should fit you well.
 

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It's really tempting for the craftsmanship and history etc, but in the end it was tailored for someone else, with who knows what kind of wierd body. I would only buy if I could try it on in a store.

However... I did pick up a bespoke dress suit the other day. It seemed close enough to my measurements, and it fits me quite well, although obviously not as if it were formed around mybody

Unless you get tons of measurements, you won't know how much it differs from the "normal" patterns for your size. I suppose it can be a gamble, but if you have enough details you can make a smart buy.
 

JimInSoCalif

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I think you have less chance of a good fit with a bespoke suit than with a RTW suit.

Suppose, for example, the bespke suit was tailored for someone with a low left shoulder and you have a low right shoulder.
 

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I have had pretty good luck with the two that I bought. There was enough of a discount that the $200 I spent to get them altered to fit me was well below the what it would have cost to buy them new. But I may also be lucky and have a good tailor.
 
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if you are willing to buy a second hand suit, and if the measurements look about right, then sure, why not? In that regard it's essentially the same as buying second hand RTW, only better made.
 

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I rolled the dice on a pre-owned bespoke tweed suit on eBay. It actually turned out to be an amazing fit for me, the fabric is nice and heavy, and the quality of construction feels very good. The caveat is that the styling is somewhat dated in a way that wasn't apparent from the photos - the pants have a bit of a flare, and the lapel is pretty wide.

On the other hand, my girlfriend loves the "funky" styling, so I guess it was a pretty good deal after all.
 

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probably no chance
 

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G & H makes true bespoke, of course, and they also (for a while at least ) sold a RTW line at Saks and Barneys I believe. Check which these suits are?

Great user name for you, but it needs an avatar.

Will foo's old stuff fit you? Do a search. Anyone here with over a 100 posts would probably have an idea of foo's measurements


Foo is mysteriously silent about his pre-Oxxford period. Maybe he has some rookie stuff he could sell you reasonably to get you started.

And if you have the bucks, you could buy his Rubinacci commissions that he doesn't like


Final word. Be very careful in your own measurements and your confidence in the seller's measurements before you buy someone else's bespoke suit.
 

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Originally Posted by rnoldh
Foo is mysteriously silent about his pre-Oxxford period. Maybe he has some rookie stuff he could sell you reasonably to get you started.

Not much to say. Pre-Oxxfod I was in college and didn't really wear suits or odd jackets. I had one Canali RTW suit that was way too big for me and a couple of random dress shirts and ties.
 

mafoofan Jr.

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Good advice rnoldh. I'm not as experienced as my Dad so your comments help a lot.
Originally Posted by rnoldh
G & H makes true bespoke, of course, and they also (for a while at least ) sold a RTW line at Saks and Barneys I believe. Check which these suits are? Great user name for you, but it needs an avatar. Will foo's old stuff fit you? Do a search. Anyone here with over a 100 posts would probably have an idea of foo's measurements
Foo is mysteriously silent about his pre-Oxxford period. Maybe he has some rookie stuff he could sell you reasonably to get you started. And if you have the bucks, you could buy his Rubinacci commissions that he doesn't like
Final word. Be very careful in your own measurements and your confidence in the seller's measurements before you buy someone else's bespoke suit.
 

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