Unlike off-the-rack or made-to-measure suits, a Bespoke suit is truly hand designed. It starts off as a piece of fabric that is then measured, patterned, and cut to fit an individual client.
Your Master Tailor will meet with you for several fittings to get an exact measurement and ensure a perfect fit. They are the ones who cut the fabric and do all the stitching.
The bespoke process takes a long time and requires several fitting sessions, but it’s worth the investment for men who want to feel truly special in their clothing. The most important thing is to outline your budget with the tailors before you get into the design process. They’ll be able to guide you in the right direction so that your true bespoke suit will fit within your price range without compromising quality.
Bespoke suits start from scratch, unlike made-to-measure and custom suits that use existing patterns that are modified for each customer. This is the zenith of tailoring mastery, and it gives the wearer a look that is as close to a second skin as possible.
Bespoke tailors are able to provide a wide variety of customization options, including the choice of fabric, stitching style (pick stitching or flat fell), button holes and cuffs, and other details like the type of lapel (besom or flap) and whether it should be padded or not. They can even embroider a monogram on the inside of your jacket.
Unlike made-to-measure or custom suits, which use pre-existing patterns for the garments they make, true bespoke tailoring takes your unique body and design preferences and creates a suit that is exclusive to you. This is what sets the best Savile Row suits apart from the rest.
During the bespoke process, your tailor will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your specific style requirements and measurements. They’ll use these specifications to create a paper pattern for the suit and then cut fabric to the appropriate size, making the suit as they go along.
This is a very intimate process that allows for the customization of every detail, from lapels and pick stitching to linings and ticket pockets. This makes for a truly unique second skin that you’ll be proud to wear!
A Bespoke suit is designed to flatter you, creating a flattering silhouette. Your tailor will help you choose the cut that best suits your body type and works to highlight or hide various aspects of your shape. They will also guide you through design options like buttons, linings, pockets, vents and more to ensure that your finished product fits perfectly and looks stunning.
A bespoke suit will have a full canvas construction, which helps the fabric move with your body when you are moving around. It also allows for more hand stitching, which is a sign of high-quality craftsmanship.
When choosing a bespoke tailor, look for one who cares about their work and listens to their clients’ needs. Make sure you are able to schedule multiple basted fittings, which involves wearing the unfinished garment while it’s loosely stitched together with white basting thread. This will allow the tailor to adjust the fit and make any necessary alterations.
Many people notice a bespoke suit when they see it, but only those in the know can recognize the level of craftsmanship, fit and design that goes into making these pieces. They are a status symbol, sending a message that you have taste and style that is beyond the standard off-the-rack options.
Bespoke tailors will draft your garment from scratch, taking into account your posture and the asymmetries of your body. The result is a flattering silhouette that will make you look your best.
A bespoke garment will require multiple fittings. This is because your tailor will need to adjust the pattern as they stitch it together, ensuring the suit fits perfectly in every way.
The process of creating a Bespoke suit takes time and dedication. But the end result is a garment that is uniquely yours and will give you the confidence to speak your mind in the boardroom or the theater. For that, it is well worth the investment.