Is it the style or the fit that grabs you?
Choosing between made to measure and bespoke suits is a simple decision. If the style doesn’t sway you in one direction or the other, than the fit of the suit will probably be the factor that leads you in the right direction.
Made to measure are suits that have been mass produced. They are made in a single style and cut and then reproduced and distributed. A made to measure suit is also referred to as an “off the rack” suit which many designers will produce for department stores and tailor shops. The quality of a made to measure suit is inferred to be lessor than a bespoke suit, but the reality is that there are extremely high quality made to measure suits that are considered high caliber suits.
A bespoke suit is something you pursue when you want to build a suit that no other man in the world has. It is a personal experience that no designer can offer because you are the one designing the product. Building a bespoke suit is a process where you have complete control over every aspect of how your suit will look.
The process starts with discussing design, fabric and function of the suit that is to be made. Once the tailor has a good understanding of what you want, he may offer feedback if there are aspects of the suit that you want guidance with. You choose fabric and take measurements and the building begins.
When you compare made to measure and bespoke, a major element in choosing between the two is the fit of the suit. Bespoke suits are known to be the best fitting suits in the world. Each garment is made with a full canvas and the construction process involves multiple fittings to make sure the suit moves with the body. The detailed process makes the suit a highly personalized garment made to fit one man perfectly.
When deciding between bespoke and made to measure, it comes down to whether having the best fitting suit in the world designed by you is something you want to pursue.