Bespoke formal attire has taken a permanent residence in the upper echelons of the fashion industry for men. This style of suit has the ability to take on any level of style with an unrivalled level of comfort making them the best in the business. Bespoke suits offer the closest fit in the industry because of the amount of precision and detail that goes into the process of building the garment in order to mirror every contour of the body.
A common question asked by those who have never experienced building a bespoke suit before is: How do you design a suit? Not to worry, a bespoke tailor is your guide for designing a garment that is tailored to your style.
Bespoke tailors are highly skilled tailors with experience in building suits from design. The process is labor intensive so when you are unsure of specific aspects of design, they will help you along the way by providing options to create your vision of the perfect suit.
Why buy a bespoke suit?
The most comfortable suit you will ever wear is a bespoke suit. This is a suit that is designed and made for your body. The amount of detail that goes into building a bespoke suit provides the most comfortable fit that mirrors the shape of your body.
Bespoke suits make you look better than you ever thought possible. They balance the shape of your body aesthetically. Whether you are of a more robust stature, heavy around the waist, frail, skinny or bursting with muscle, a bespoke suit will compliment your body and make your shape look complete.
What makes a bespoke formal wear so comfortable?
The fit of a bespoke suit is legendary. Comfort is the main reason to have a suit made in this fashion. Every aspect is made from scratch and each component of the suit is literally built to fit your body.
The process of fitting bespoke formal wear begins with the measurements taken. The measurements that are required to build a suit that mirrors the body are so much more detailed than the regular measurements a tailor takes. There are different angles to account for, slope of the body, where your joints are located along the sleeves and pants etc. There at least 50 different measurements that a bespoke tailor could choose to take in order to make the suit as specific to your body as possible.
Measurements are taken before the suit begins assembly and then again during each of the different phases of construction. There are constant adjustments to insure that with each step towards the finished product the garment become a more accurate fit.
Most bespoke suits will be made with a full canvas. The canvas is a layer made from horse hair that maintains the shape of the suit when fabric of the suit is sewn into the canvas.
The basting fitting is the first time you will be called in to try on the jacket. The base elements of the suit are sewn together with basting thread and the tailor can make adjustment to make sure the suit moves in sync with the body.
Building your brand
Most men who buy a bespoke suit will end up making another. The first time round you realize the things you like the most about your suit and how you could make an even better suit to top the last. When you design and style a garment that is meant to showcase your best look it’s an amazing feeling to have it created to spec. These suits put more meaning in the term “fits like a glove”
The second time round in building a bespoke suit will mean improving some aspects and directly importing others aspects that you loved. No one can achieve the complete look to their personality in two suits though-so why not number three?
Becoming your own designer is something you may never have intended but you can actually begin branding your suits with your own label. When someone asks what kind of suit you’re wearing, you can proudly tell them it’s a high end designer that had made this suit specifically for you.
Features that become attractive to building a suit can be as subtle points of originality that you infuse in the design. It’s obvious the comfort and fit is a top priority, but it’s a given that you are going to get the perfect fit when your suit is made bespoke.
Embroidered initials are a nice touch in defining your bespoke design. This is your branding and it doesn’t have to be limited to your name. You can actually create a brand that is only made for you alone. If you design enough suits that people are in love with, you will already be on the way to marketing your high fashion label with a few designs under your belt.
The lining in a jacket is can be a major fashion statement. The wilder and gaudier is sometimes the best look for men in certain scenes. The more conservative and luxurious can also be a power play move when deciding on what you want the interior of your jacket to look like. Whether you choose a lining with the intentions of fashion or practicality, the selection is a reflection of your character because the decision was made by you.
The combination of your favourite design features can become your own personal work of art. When you build a suit that rivals the best of them, you tend to notice other suits and the features that make them stand out. Small details like button holes or the colour of stitching or the placement of pockets can really add to the character of your suit.
With every suit you design you are incorporating attributes of your experience has lead you to believe is the best. Your latest suit design becomes the sum of the best looking suits you have come across. A masterpiece upon masterpiece.
But why limit yourself to things you have seen? Yes it’s good practice to take note of what is trendy and fashionable but what about the custom aspects of a creative design? How practical can you make your suit for the activities you will be performing?
Make your suit as functional and useful as possible. It doesn’t have to be like Batmans utility belt, but if you have a lot of presentations to give-why not have pockets for items you use like ipads or laser pointers. It may sound like this is far fetched but building a suit that looks amazing and feels amazing doesn’t have to end there. If you can imagine something being a part of your design you can literally have it built into your suit.
I’m going to state a phrase and take note of what immediately comes to mind. Ready?
The most well dressed men in the world.
What did you think of? What were they wearing? The image of James Dean, and Sean Connery were immediately what came to mind. Wearing black tuxedo’s and fit to perfection. Whatever you decide is the most well dressed fashion statement can be yours for the making.
Wearing a suit that has been born and bred to fit your body gives you access to any place in the world. A well dressed man is a well respected man-at a glance. The first impression you make will always astound when you’re in a bespoke suit. Whether the suit is conservative and traditional or it is made to scream, shock and awe all passers by with a punch to their eyes.
The corporate setting is a great environment to manipulate the powers your bespoke suit bestows up on you. Experience more confidence during meetings and presentations when everyone is focused on how good your suit looks. The office setting is the perfect place promote your brand. The amusement provided is priceless knowing they will never find your private label when they go home searching for your suit online.
Ironically, with all the elegance, style and class a bespoke suits encompasses it is rarely cleaned. Keep you dry cleaning to a minimum because the chemicals will shorten the life of the suit.
Where can I buy a bespoke suit?
Bespoke suits are available wherever you can find a bespoke tailor. Don’t make the mistake of confusing custom suits with bespoke suits. “Custom suits” is an umbrella term that includes different types of suits. Bespoke suits are handmade suits that are designed and assembled from scratch. When you look for a bespoke tailor just make sure you are getting a handmade suit that is not predesigned.
Whats the difference between a bespoke and made to measure suit?
Made to measure suits are also very form fitting suits but they are cut from predesigned templates. When you are fit for a made to measure suit the style of the suit has already been determined. The tailor will simply take your measurements and the suit will be built to scale in the style that it was originally designed in. The customizable options available are fabric and colour.