Johnathon & Christopher,
This post is especially for you two. One opportunity that I was very excited about was the prospect of having a suit custom made for me. I’ve always had the problem of buying shirts and jackets that fit my shoulders but leave me swimming around the waist.
So, shortly after I landed in Mumbai, I asked my co-workers for the name and contact information of their tailor, Hitesh. I had a fitting scheduled for later that day.
During our conversation he asked me about what colors I liked and which types of fabric he should bring for me to look at. Naturally, with your mother in the US, I told him black. That night Hitesh met me at the hotel and proceeded to show me around a dozen different options for … black. It was at this moment that I realized I was in way over my head.
After around 20 minutes of looking at the fabrics and draping them over my shoulders to see how they would look, as if I was actually capable of this visualization, I decided to stick with a single suit made from a black cashmere. He told me the suit would take 2 days to make, at which time he would come back for a trial fitting.
Just as he stated, two days later Hitesh was messaging me to stop by and conduct the trial fitting. I was hooked. I’ve never had a suit that fit so well. If you ever get the opportunity, get a tailored suit. It’s amazing how much different you feel in clothes that were made for you, not for several people around the same size.
As I write this I expect to have several more suits made by Hitesh…although likely not from cashmere. I realize this post is out in left field, but I was really excited it’s staying put.