Reviews of Matthew Lawrence Bespoke
Whilst shopping for a suit for my wedding, I tried on a few suits at the big name designers and was not happy with what I was getting for the price. So I decided to go with a bespoke suit for my wedding day. Whilst making my first appointment over the phone, I described the fabric colour I was interested in and they knew exactly what I wanted. During my initial visits, they advised me what would work best with the ideas I proposed. At the end of the day, I am not a fashion designer and benefited from their learned suggestions.
Whilst my suit was being constructed, I decided to order a waist coat and shirt. The shirt was a no-brainer as the cost of a decent shirt off the rack is quite comparable to one custom made by them.
I required numerous fittings as I ordered a bespoke suit, shirt and waist coat. I initially thought the number of fittings was excessive but I am not a tailor or well versed in what is required to get a suit to be a perfect fit. As the time was getting close to my wedding, I reminded these guys of the urgency of the situation and they delivered what I required. They really dont mind being reminded of the urgency of a delivery date and will get things done.
they have produced a truly amazing outfit for me. They honestly exceeded my expectations. I look a gazzilion dollars in it and was amazed people were literally stopping in the street to comment on it as I posed for a photo outside.
I would honestly recommend these guys. they are competent, meticulous tailors, who are all very experienced in designing, and constructing an outfit that will be the best for your body shape and garment purpose. They are absolute perfectionists and will keep going with fittings and appointments until they are completely happy with the finished product. I can see how this can be frustrating to some, but if its perfection you want then thats what youll get.
If you are considering getting anything from these guys, my advice is to be patient with the fittings and you will be rewarded with an impeccable finished product.. they are the real deal.
The first thing I was offered was a scotch which was a good start. I was measured for a suit by Matthew Lawrence who smelled like alcohol but I thought, ok...he's obviously had a boozy lunch. I thought he was supposed to be good so I went along with the fitting and measure. The suit was $2500 and I was asked to put a deposit down. I did that because I loved the material in his store and the promise of the suit he had described. The selection was great. I paid the deposit and left. I had to keep coming in for stupid time-wasting re-measures and pretend re-fits which were just a re-measurement of my body from the first time with no changes....just more salesy bs from a man who was not delivering my suit! This went on for 7 weeks where he kept blaming the sewer or the suit maker because the suit still wasn't ready! He had me thinking all this time he was my tailor but he's not, he gets the stuff outsourced. He is a good talker. I am going back to my old tailor. Each time I went in he smelled of alcohol. And I got my suit after 9 weeks and missed the reason I got it made in the first place. To propose to my girlfriend. Never again. Be aware. Be prepared that your suit will not be done in time.
Matt and his team were excellent. Very helpful and thorough in explaining the process and options, passionate about their business, attention to detail was great, demand perfection of themselves (so much so that when we were unable to get a particularly difficult cloth to fit correctly they gave me the suit for free and built me an entirely new suit that met their standards), hard to beat customer service like that. If you're Looking for a full service, quality tailor with excellent product and reasonable prices Matthew is your man
I read all the reviews out there before going with Matthew-including the negative ones. None of them were true.
The first meeting went through the A-Z of suits and every possible customization was possible. Vast amounts of different fabric and I couldn't find one that stuck out, so a new delivery was brought from upstairs and sure enough, I found what I was after. Matthew took copious amounts of measurements and notes about my posture and walking style, down to how I put my hands in my pockets.
3 weeks later, I had a shell fitting-it Wasnt quite right, so I was back again in 2 weeks.
Matthew tool the utmost care with the whole process. Everything had to be perfect. He would often stand and look at you from different angles just getting a feel for your posture and how to let the suit define it better. I had 5 fittings overall-all when they were convenient for me, and all with Matthew.
This really was a great experience. Worth every cent-which is still far less than some other longer established bespoke tailors in Sydney-and I cannot see how the quality or craft could be better.
I would recommend Matthew Lawrence to anyone.
Check out the great whiskey collection too.
I am glad I hadn't read the previous review before going to Matthew Lawrence, as my experience has been fantastic.
At the start of the year (2011) I decided to invest in a new suit, and to have it made. I live in Paddington so I went into Matthew Lawrence on a Saturday to investigate. Andrew, the salesman, proceeded to explain the differences in fabric quality and various styles available. It was very refreshing to see a salesman actively encourage me to a less expensive cloth because the finer version doesn't wear as well, and as this is a work suit it needs to be hard wearing. The guys in store made me a great coffee while we discussed options.
3 weeks later my shell fitting was ready, which Matthew wasn't happy with, so he re did it and came to my office to check it was now okay. Two weeks later my new suit was ready to go and fit like a treat!!!
After 3 months of wear its wearing very well.
I cant recommend Matthew Lawrence enough
A joke. These guys used to be pretty good for the money, but have gone downhill something horrid in the last couple of years. The first couple of suits I had made were pretty good. Service was patchy, and they never once hit a promised date, but quality was ok once they finally delivered a fitting suit. In the last two years I've had two suits made and both were disasters. In one instance the pants disintegrated after being worn 5 or 6 times in eighteen months, and they informed me the fabric was faulty. They then took six months to advise me that the material is now only made in a different shade of black (!!), and can't make another pair.They have subsequently ignored my email asking if there are any other options or alternatives. The second suit was a demonstration of the worst service I've ever experienced. They missed, without notice, no less than five appointments with me. I'd ordered two pairs of pants. The first fit fine. The second pair took over three months, and was two inches too tight and two inches too short. They took them back, then three weeks later delivered them back almost unchanged. In the meantime they claimed they'd forgotten to bill me for part of the suit, which was a blatant lie given I was able to produce a receipt and a credit card statement showing they were wrong. They then called me unreasonable for getting annoyed at five missed appointments and for delivering pants made for another person entirely. The jacket did not have the 'working' buttonholes on the cuffs or lapel I'd asked for, but at that point I had given up on the whole process. Stay away.