The Silentist on MTM vs Off-The-Rack Clothing
I have a lot more thoughts on the whole custom-made versus ready-made debate that I might spell out at some point, but the bottom line is that you have to go with what works for you, personally.
To give you an idea, I’ve been spending a good deal of time trying to find a place to get MTM linen dress shirts for summer and it’s been a long process. One company I used didn’t turn out something I was entirely happy with the first time around and it’s being redone again. It’ll probably be close to two months or maybe even three before they might produce something I’m happy with and will then spend another few weeks after that waiting for more to be made. With another place, it’s been about a month between my first test shirt order and when I’ll be able to get to a fitting. Odds are good that unless they nail the fit on the first try (which rarely happens), it’ll be another month before I go forward with placing a larger order with them. Yet another shirtmaker has a traveling schedule that I kept missing and wasn’t able to see for well over a year — and they have a 6-8 week production time from when you place your order to when you receive it.
And, that’s just for a shirt. The process of going MTM on shirts has taught me that if I were to start looking into MTM or bespoke suiting, it’s something that 1.) I wouldn’t want to rush and 2.) I would need to be very mindful of entering with an eye for detail and attention that I probably don’t have fully developed yet.