Tailor4Less Review

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A short while ago, I conducted an interview with Andreu Fernandez, of the internet tailor Tailor4Less.

Bearing in mind how important reviews are for readers, I decided to take the chance to get a midnight blue wool three-piece with a double-breasted waistcoat.

The process

The first step in the Tailor4Less online suit-builder is to choose the style of suit you want; 2 piece or 3 piece, style of lapel, number of buttons and pockets, vents, double/single breasted, waistcoat style (single and double-breasted available), pleats and turn-ups.

I went for a ticket pocket (slanted pockets are not available on the builder), turn-ups, single pleats and a six-button DB waistcoat.

The second step is choosing the fabric. I personally don’t think choosing the fabric after the suit style is a bad thing; you have an idea of the kind of colour you want to begin with, anyway and then apply the actual cloth to the design you have created.

It is possible to order samples. They are £1 a sample, although this includes delivery. You can order up to 8 samples at a time.

I chose one of the cheapest fabrics, a Midnight Blue 100% wool which is £199 for a three-piece. There are a number of ‘mostly’ wool fabrics available in this price range (with 10-20% terylene) and some positively garish 100% polyester fabrics. It goes without saying that the better the fabric, the higher the price.

It’s then possible to add ‘accents’ – extras which, on the face of it, are entirely unnecessary; a garish lining colour, embroidered monograms, neck lining and elbow patches. Needless to say, I declined to add any of these.

Once you add your suit to your ‘shopping cart’ – Amazon-type phraseology which feels too greasily commercial for tailoring – it is then time to enter your measurements. There are two options; Option A is simply entering your weight and height so that the tailors can guesstimate your size. Irrespective of the inexpensiveness of the suit, I would never advise this.

Option B requires ten measurements and takes between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. It is best to do it with another person as some measurements are tricky to manage alone.

After these are complete, you make the purchase, enter shipping details and create an account where your measurements are stored. Shipping takes approximately 3-5 weeks, which is very fast.

The product

The suit was delivered in a small box the size of a large laptop case. The suit inside was folded into a plastic bag.

It’s a fractionally disappointing way in which to receive a made-to-measure suit, wrapped up in a brown cardboard box. Much like a fixer-upper house you just can’t wait to renovate, I felt the urge to steam out the creases and accessorise.

The fabric, which I was nervous about, does look rather cheap. Admittedly, not ordering samples was a mistake and I would advise anyone nervous or picky about fabrics to do so; it’s well worth the meagre £1 you pay.

However, I was prepared to look past the error and examine the suit’s construction.

The jacket lapels are thinner than I would like, but there is little choice on this in the suit builder. It is worth noting that after ordering, Tailor4Less employees – based in Spain – get in touch and communicate any additional requests to the tailors, who are based in Shanghai.

I requested a shawl collar on my DB waistcoat and provided a picture of the waistcoat design I wanted. I was asked exactly how long and wide these lapels should be, which sounds irritating but is actually reassuring. I am sure that I could have asked for wider jacket lapels in the same communication.

The buttons were of a bluish tinge and matched the suit colour but I later purchased dark horn buttons, which are more of a subtle contrast.

Overall, the construction seemed to be of reasonable quality, and equivalent to the price-level, although there were a few stray threads and the ticket pocket flap was ever so slightly not parallel to the pocket below.

The fit

It is fair to say that the suit looks far better on than it does on the rack, mostly due to the fabric.

The proportions are bang on, and I’m glad I specified the length of the waistcoat in communications as a lot of them are cut far too long these days.

One thing I really like about the fit is that the jacket sits open very well; the two sides don’t swing back like many other jackets do, including MTM.

Also, I am glad I selected slim-fit trousers as anything fuller would have been completely out of proportion.

The only major issue with the fit is with the shoulders. You can see from the side-on pictures that they are positioned slightly off and crease across the top, even when I am standing still, not moving my arm.

Another minor issue is that the waistcoat sits slightly too wide on my shoulders, resulting in disagreeable amounts of shirt between waistcoat edge and collar.

The trousers, as ever, are fine and are of exactly the length and width I prefer; no break and a slight taper.

Fit: 8 out of 10 – the creased shoulders are disappointing, but overall I was very impressed with the way the suit fit me. I must admit, I was not expecting it for the price.

Fabric: 6 out of 10 – two words; Order Samples. It’s not enough to see fabric photos and 3D mock ups. Fabric was even slightly faded and worn in places.

Service: 8 out of 10 – fast delivery and good communication.

Quality of finish: 7.5 out of 10 – a reasonably good standard of finish for the price, although it could be improved; incorrectly sewed holes on the waistcoat hadn’t been steamed out.

Overall satisfaction: 7.5 out of 10 – this feels like very good value. If I had ordered fabric samples, I might have chosen another fabric, but I would say this suit is easily worth the money. It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap in construction and fit and is highly recommended for those looking to get a respectable looking, fitted-suit on a tight budget.


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Winston Chesterfield is an amateur composer, fashion blogger, trained lawyer and style aficionado. He lives in Westminster, London and blogs at www.levraiwinston.com.

Comments

  1. Ann Teve says:

    The overall impression of the suite is that it is too small – perhaps this is ‘au currant’ but I think the intention of a slim line of the suite would be much better served by being more relaxed (roomier) in the cut, particularly because seam stresses at the shoulders in the side view just emphasis that the fit is wrong.

  2. Ray Frensham says:

    I agree with Ann, just looks too small (and that waistcoat bunching looks hideuos) – and if I was going for peaked lapels on a single breasted jacket, I would’ve had them much wider than those.
    Have you noticed the suits on the models in the windows of Suit Supply? All the jackets seem one size too small for the mannequin, those fabrics are stressing all over the place. Maybe it’s “the fashion”.

  3. Interesting points Ann and Ray.

    I think it’s important to draw attention to the fact that I measured myself for the suit. Therefore I must take some of the credit/blame when it comes to fit – as should any customer of such a service.

    I personally don’t agree that it is too small. This is where I differ from a lot of the pure bespoke Style Forum addicts: I have said it before but I’ll say it again; that stiff as a board placidity that is beloved of the devotees of ASW etc is utterly unappealing to me, sexless, joyless and, in my estimation, devoid of style. I also think that fashions have an influence on suit styles and I agree with you Ray that a wider peak lapel is preferable.

    However, it should be quite clear from the photos that my stance is causing some of the creasing and as to the ‘bunching’ of the waistcoat, I don’t think this looks hideous. I like waistcoats cut like this and am more than willing to direct those interested to pictures from the past of chaps wearing waistcoats that have fabric stressing from the tightness. I have always loved this look. Each to his own, perhaps.

  4. China says:

    I agree with you Winston. Certainly not to small. Perhaps there is a little flaw in how the sleeve head was attached to the arm hole hence the creasing. Otherwise it is a fine suit. You mentioned a few times the ‘price level’/'for the price you pay’. What is the price range for a super 100/120 if I may ask?

  5. ANON says:

    I think you’ve been a bit generous with your marks, particularly if some of the other reviews that come up when you google this ‘tailor’ are anything to go by.

    MTM only makes sense if you end up with a better product that you would achieve by spending a similar amount on RTW and alterations. Ok, it is difficult to buy RTW DB waistcoats, that aside I cannot see what the advantage in going to a firm like this would be….

  6. Brass Monkey says:

    Based on the reviews that have appeared elsewhere online, I would say you were lucky if you managed to get a suit that vaguely resembled the one you ordered and wasn’t cut to fit someone twice your size.

  7. Anon, Brass Monkey,

    Unfortunately I can only assess the product on what I was given, not on the basis of what others have reviewed. I am prepared to give companies the benefit of the doubt and will always seek to judge on merits.

    I don’t think my marks are that generous. I am basing it on experience, and benchmarking against my perfect suit – a full bespoke chalk stripe from Cad & The Dandy. You are not comparing like for like in terms of price so it is not a simple linear comparison; for £200, it is not a bad fit at all, despite the fabric. I challenge anyone to find me a RTW suit (with adjustments from tailors – always second best to MTM in my view) that costs less than this.

  8. By the way, a couple of clarifications:

    It actually normally takes only 2 weeks to deliver this suit.

    Secondly, it does cost £1 per sample but this is reimbursed on purchase.

  9. ANON says:

    Apologies for any offence – nothing was intended as a criticism. From the pictures it looks like there’s a gulf in class between Tailor4less and Dragon Inside (and one thats greater than the difference in cost) but there are probably more eloquent ways I could have expressed this.

    At the moment the depths of the M&S sale has some of their Sartorial range (which I understand have a fully floating canvas) for less than £100 (£50 coat, £29 trousers and £15 waistcoats- albeit single breasted only). Fully accept though that the extent to which an alterations tailor can make an RTW fits depends as what size and shape you are.

  10. Bajor says:

    While I do not agree that the suit is too small, it does look cheap anyway. My outlook may be tainted by my personal experience with T4L (about two years ago I ordered a pair of pants which were so hideous that I didn’t even try them on – far oversized, ugly stitching, fabric not in the slightest corresponding to what one can see on-line – the charity was very happy with it) but this is exactly why I read your review with great interest. Unfortunately it failed to change my mind, on the contrary – it corroborated my opinion even further.
    Is this a certain feeling of disappointmend lurking through the verses of your review? Judging from the pictures, the marks for fit, fabric and quality of finish seem a little generous in fact.

  11. Giggity says:

    @Winston Chesterfield

    Hello,

    Found this blog on the Tailor4less FB page and would like to ask if you have any pictures of your waistcoat available, please? I too am quite interested in purchasing a 3 piece suit from them.

    Thanks in advance,

    Giggity