When it comes to bespoke it’s not the price of the suit that matters, but rather the cost of the process.
As it stands now, there is no soup-to-nuts bespoke tailor in Atlanta that does a job worthy of their price. There are some custom shops here and there, retail tailors that do a bit of side work, and then numerous MTM operations, but there is no “real tailor” that can make a garment on-par with what you could readily find in other large cities.
Adding insult to injury, none of the reputable traveling tailors visit Atlanta. The closest destination would be Steed’s bi-annual trips to Nashville.
So this means that even if I wanted to spend top-dollar on a suit, I’d still need to spend way more (in terms of traveling, lodging, opportunity costs, etc.) to actually get that suit. And do remember that all those inconveniences are multiplied, as a true bespoke garment requires multiple fittings.
While I’d like to romanticize the idea of day trips to NYC or long weekends in London or Southern Italy, I’m incredibly realistic about how tiresome all that would get (regardless of lifestyle). And then when you think about how you’re going through all that hassle to spend thousands of dollars, it really adds to the absurdity.
In an ideal world I’d live in a city with readily-available tailoring options. So, if cost was no factor, I’d likely move to fulfill my tailoring fantasies. Either that or I would bribe Chris Despos to come see me once a month.
The woes of living one (or more) flights wheat from a bespoke tailor. This will add substantially to the cost if a bespoke suit, maybe even double the price, with multiple fittings.