In the fashion world, you really do get what you pay for. Luxury branded fashion are crafted better and generally fit better than their generic and cheaper off the rack alternatives. The gentleman who takes his style seriously knows that nothing fits better or wears better than custom tailoring. Customer made suits and shirts should be daily options for the style conscience.
Many individuals incorrectly use the terms made-to-measure and bespoke tailoring interchangeably. To clarify, made-to-measure clothing does indeed take individual measurements of the owner but the suit is cut from standard pattern and only the measurements are changed. Bespoke suits are truly custom and are not cut from a standard pattern. Each client gets his own pattern to ensure that the suit is made to their exact measurements for a perfect fit.
A proper and thorough fitting is crucial to the creation of well fitted custom clothing. While made-to-measure garments require only 1 fitting, proper bespoke tailors will arrange for multiple fittings. Creation of the garment is an ongoing process so professional tailors will schedule 3-5 fittings during construction of the suit. This painstaking process ensures consistency throughout the tailoring.
Your Style, Your Vision
Bespoke suits offer the advantage of making further customizations based on your style. Fabrics, colours and design changes can all be fine tuned to suit the owner. Bespoke tailors can also add their valuable insight on the latest trends when deciding on final styles. In the bespoke world, the individual taking your measurements will most likely be creating your suit. Translating designs and styles directly with the tailor will ensure your vision materializes.
Who’s Your Guy?
No one can deny the allure and charm of owing a custom suit created on Saville Row but worldwide demand for bespoke tailoring has brought that legendary quality, design and craftsmanship to major centres internationally. Luxury brands such as Gucci, Cartier and Ralph Lauren offer some version of the made-to-measure custom suit. For the true bespoke experience, consider brands whose only business is custom suits and clothing. Italian brand Brioni has been creating custom suits for A Listers, celebrities, CEOs and 2 of the James Bonds.
The Kiton K-5 is the creation of master tailor Enzo D’Orsi. Ranging in price from $30,000 to $50,000 he uses exotic wool from Australia, will travel to you for measurements and painstakingly creates each garment himself. Bespoke tailoring requires 100 percent commitment to the craft.
By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media