Perhaps you are considering investing in some bespoke clothing. Bespoke clothing, named for the verb “bespeak,” meaning to speak for something, or give orders to be made, is just that, custom made threads for the discriminating male, not unlike its feminine counterpart, haute couture. Each piece is individually patterned and crafted to flatter the individual and cater to his particular tastes. The term is often confused with made-to-measure clothing, which instead is made from an established pattern and modified for less common measurements.
More Than Just Suits
When most men think about getting bespoke clothing, their mind immediately jumps to customized suits, without thinking first about individual pieces, but that may be a bit premature. After all, it is best to dip the proverbial toe into the bespoke waters before diving in head first. In addition to full suits, there are also bespoke dress pants, tailored shirts, ties, and vests. And, remember, there are no limits on design options, so you can get a plethora of bespoke shirts at a reasonable price and they will bring some much-needed variety to your old gray and navy suits. You usually get your choice of over 10 different fabric mills, comprising a pseudo-fabric library, so you are sure to get a unique piece every time.
Find A Bespoke Clothier Online
In the United States and Canada, online bespoke wear has become a popular phenomenon among business men and professionals. With multiple online shops offering competitive rates and high-quality workmanship, going online for customized clothing seems like a no-brainer. But, how can you get that personalized treatment that the brick-and-mortar bespoke tailors offer?
It’s simpler than you would think, and it doesn’t involve guesswork, either. Most online bespoke clothiers worth their salt insist on at least one in-person fitting, but you won’t have to chase them down, either. In the spirit of true online convenience, you can schedule a tailor to come to you at your home or office. Just select the design and intricate details of your chosen garment before scheduling the appointment.
When requesting bespoke clothing, it is customary to meet directly with the tailor for multiple, in-depth fittings. This, however, can be remedied if your tailor creates a digital pattern that can be conveniently accessed and easily modified as needed. Bespoke clothiers tend to get down to the more intricate details of a man’s shape and posture, including nuances such as the slope of his shoulders and the arch of his back. It is best to record these variations appropriately.
A good tailor also knows how to make allowances for different styles. For example, English suits are typically made with greater allowances for comfort and from heavier fabric than Italian suits, which are made from lighter cloth.
Costs And Investment
Bespoke clothing can be quite pricey, and as such, certain considerations must be made prior to purchasing such items. First, since the clothing entails a large financial investment, it is best to avoid trends or dramatic changes in weight while committing to the purchase.
Second, consider that the prime fabric these items are comprised of usually retails for $50 – $100 per yard and professional tailors charge a premium of $30 – $40 an hour for quality labor. With a standard 65% mark-up, a bespoke suit can fare well over $3000. However, with proper dry cleaning and maintenance, bespoke items are sure to outlast all other items in your closet.