Yesterday, I visited Indochino’s Traveling Tailor at Grand Central Station in New York City. I was very impressed with the layout of the event and the attention I got from their staff. At first, I was hesitant asking for different specifications as I thought the tailor would have a tough time understanding what I wanted. I usually go for a shorter jacket with a high rise pant and I was afraid that they would mess up the proportions. Made to measure suits are usually cut from a block pattern and are altered to the client’s specifications. Shorting a pattern throws everything off due to the fact that the jacket is only shortened and the pockets and buttons are not moved up according to the length of the jacket. Due to my wide shoulders, I had to use a pattern which is even longer and this amplifies the shortening problems. The tailor who took my measurements was very knowledgeable and he was able to understand the fit I wanted and he had the jacket shortened two and a half inches. He made a note that the pockets, lapels and button stance had to match the length of the jacket and reassured me that the jacket will turn out to my specifications. I also had to cut my pants from a bigger pattern for the higher rise. This is an easier specification to handle since the manufacture would just need to take in the waist and the legs.
After getting measured, the next step was to choose a fabric. Almost all the fabrics were 100% wool and I was surprised that Indochino offered such high quality fabrics for such a low price point. They had all the classic fabrics which included navy sharkskin, gray sharkskin, gray birds-eye gray glen plaid and navy pinstripes. Bolder fabrics were also offered, fabrics such as burgundy herringbone, maroon glen plaid and a maroon plaid. I opted for a double breasted charcoal gray maroon plaid light flannel suit. The flannel is a nice weight which can last you through the fall and early winter. The estimated time of delivery is four weeks which is very fast for a made to measure suit.
Overall, I had a great experience with Indochino and highly recommend getting a suit from them. The traveling tailor is only in New York till Monday, October 29th. Expect a suit that will fit you perfectly and if not, expect Indochino to make it right with their perfect fit guarantee.
Photography by Chris John Fussner
Indochino Traveling Tailor
Grand Central Station
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