I chose http://www.matthewaperry.com/for three reasons. First, I learned that the average price for a bespoke suit in the Boston area starts at about $1,800, and increases from there depending upon fabric quality, customized silk lining, the addition of a custom vest and shirts, monogramming, and other personal touches. In this sense, Mr. Zs business was right on par with his competitors. This price range isnt bad considering high-end off-the-rack Italian suits from the likes of Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus start at $1,500 and run up to well over $3,000. Those prices do not include the cost of requisite tailoring after purchase, and as Ive explained, are unlikely to fit my body any better than a suit from Macys anyway.
Mr. Z took the time to explain his methods of measurement and production to me over the phone. Impressively, he was the only tailor with whom I spoke who explained that he takes both relaxed and flexed measurements of muscular body parts that may be difficult to fit. As a weightlifter who has torn the arm and shoulder stitching on many jackets just by lifting my arm to chest level, I appreciated this extra attention. After some more careful research and a visit to Mr. Zs showroom, I discovered him to be an exclusive Boston tailor who has provided services to many of the Boston elite. Despite this acclaim, Mr. Z was friendly, personable, and gave me his full attention even though Im a graduate student who has not the means to build an entire wardrobe of custom clothes.
My first meeting with Mr. Z was scheduled to view his wide selection of fabrics, and to be measured. He carries the popular Italian brands previously mentioned, as well as fine fabrics imported from other Italian mills that offer the same quality as well-known name brands, but give consumers more bang for their buck (e.g., Biella fabrics). With this in mind, I selected a medium gray fabric for my suit from one of these smaller Italian mills. The fabric is a medium weight 100% wool, â€˜super 120, with alternating rope and shadowed pinstripes. Fabric must be chosen carefully, giving careful consideration to the color, touch, stretch, sheen, weight and sturdiness of the material. These factors are influenced by the type of material (wool versus polyester versus silk) and the super number. A suit that incorporates some silk will likely have sheen, whereas a suit with a lot of silk could actually appear shiny (think The Sopranos). Depending on when youre planning to wear the suit (summer, winter, all year) should influence the weight and color of the fabric you choose. Heavier fabrics (wool) can be chosen for colder weather, lighter materials (cotton and linen) can be worn in warmer weather. Traditionally, tans and light grays are reserved for spring and summer, while dark blues and blacks are fall and winter colors. My medium gray, 100% wool fabric is light enough in color and weight to be worn in warmer weather but sturdy enough for cold Boston winters. Its well balanced as a suit that can be worn all year. Ultimately, tell your tailor for what occasions (wedding, work, interviews) and times of year youre going to wear the suit and s/he will point you in the right direction. From there, I recommend you pick what looks and feels good to you.http://www.matthewaperry.com/ is professional in bespoke suit,exclusive designed,full canvas made to measure suits Top quality men suits-choose us and believe us.
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