ot; bespoke suits

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on October 8, 2012 - 10:29am

http://www.thickasthievesla.com/

this site looks cool. handmade suits for i think 500?

kinda like the idea of tailormade clothing.

i wouldn't mind spending some money to look a little better. not much more than a store suit, really...

this shoudl go under the thread made in the usa....

there does appear to be a hunger for quality handmade stuff...

Submitted by davelj on October 8, 2012 - 11:16am.

These suits look kinda cool, but I would be careful about a couple of things:

(1) Do not self measure. I repeat: Do not self measure. You'll screw it up. If you're going to pay for bespoke clothing make certain that the person or company making the clothing takes the measurements. These guys are up in LA so I'd recommend driving up one day and getting measured.

(2) I like a narrower-than-normal lapel with a slightly short jacket and snug fit, but... not to early-60s standards (which is what Thick as Thieves specializes in). So, I like a styling/fit that's in between "standard" and "early-60s." My only reservation with the full-on 60s suit styling, which is currently very "in," is that these things go out of style. Personally, I prefer suits that will never go out of style - but, again, that's just a personal preference. (Recall that there was a time when double-breasted suits were popular - arggh.)

Astor & Black does a very good job with tailored suits at a not-unreasonable price, but you're looking at at least $800-$1000 for a suit (and more depending on the fabric, cut, etc.). But... you will have enormous control over the details and it will fit perfectly. This is considerably less than what you would pay at the tailors in NYC and on Savile Row. My point is that there are very good tailors where you don't have to pay $5000 for a suit.

For 85% of men out there it's almost impossible to buy an off-the-rack suit that fits properly. (My right shoulder, for example is 1.5 inches lower than my left shoulder - you can't fix that via alteration of a jacket you buy off the rack. It must be made from scratch.) I didn't realize how true this was until about 10 years ago when I had my first bespoke suits made - you can't go back.

Just my two cents.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on October 8, 2012 - 1:57pm.

davelj wrote:
(1) Do not self measure. I repeat: Do not self measure. You'll screw it up. If you're going to pay for bespoke clothing make certain that the person or company making the clothing takes the measurements. These guys are up in LA so I'd recommend driving up one day and getting measured.
I agree. Something easier than driving to L.A., though, is to have a local tailor measure you. If you want to be double sure, you could have two local tailors measure you independently.

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