I found that being a bigger man in Winnipeg left me with only a few options when looking for a suit off-the-rack. I really didn't like their tendency to arrange two piece suits with the jacket 2 sizes larger then the pants, and buying one piece at a time really made the price jump.
Ultimately, I started researching local tailors in Winnipeg last December, and had shortlisted down to Giovanni Custom Tailor Shop within a couple weeks. Some of the tailors I had called were quite expensive, and I found Giovanni to be quite reasonable; barely 1/3 more than the limited off-the-rack choices. I also found the interview in his Winnipeg Free Press Article to be very good.
Today, I visited Giovanni's shop, and really had a great vibe from him as a person and really valued his opinions as a tailor; quite professional and personable. The hard part was picking out the material to use; simply too many awesome choices. Below I have the initial two I was contemplating on the left, then the ultimate pick on the right; which my eye caught while the love of my life continued flipping through the samples as I was deciding.
Once Giovanni knows the fabric is in stock and has it ordered, we'll be able to start the process with taking my measurements. Exciting!