Anonymous asked: Would you recommend the Mashburn MTM?
Full disclosure: I purchased both my suits in the early days of Mashburn MTM. Today they have a whole staff of people to assist in the process, but when I had mine made it was more like a dry run for the full-production service. Accordingly, today’s process and pricing is likely completely different than my experiences.
I will say that Sid’s is equipped to handle almost anything you can dream up. They work very closely with their tailor in Southern Italy to meet whatever requests you have. Their fabric selection has also grown by leaps and bounds recently, making the service all-the-more enticing.
As with most retail MTM the production it is outsourced. So, while you are dealing with very skilled and experienced consultants, you aren’t speaking directly to your end-tailor. This turns some people off, but is generally the reality of non-tailor MTM programs and I certainly wouldn’t let it dissuade me from using them. What I will say is because Sid’s MTM is based off of his existing patterns, as is the case with most retail MTM, I’d be sure to become familiar with his off-the-rack offerings before looking at MTM. Sid’s stuff is more-or-less perfect on me OTR, so it made sense. Truth be told, were it cheaper, it would be my one-stop-shop.
That brings me to my final point: The price of Sid’s MTM is definitely on the higher-end of the spectrum. This is to be expected, given that your garment is being made in Italy (there’s slew of additional costs associated with that process) and that all his tailored garments are made to a very high standard. I’d go in to get a quote for what you want, but last time I inquired I thought it was only a little less expensive (for a sport coat) than full bespoke. While I realize that custom clothing is custom clothing, I also see a pretty big difference between (proper) bespoke and (proper) MTM. Unfortunately, there are next-to-no quality tailors that travel to Atlanta these days, so once you factor in costs associated with travel, hotel, etc. Sid’s is one of the best options for a Southerner.
At the end of the day I would say it’s a great service at a premium price. I would certainly recommend it over RTW if you’re ready to pay $1,500+ for a suit, but wouldn’t recommend it as a stepping stone from $500ish RTW.
I may get something commissioned in the next 6 months or so from them (unless I hear of a visiting tailor), so I’ll update this response if that happens.