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What Is a Bespoke Suit? Find out what makes it so special

“Bespoke” is primarily a British term for clothing that is made to the customer’s request and required specification. For women, this type of fashion is often called haute couture. With guidance, the customer chooses the cut, the fabric, the color, even the detailing of the lapel, the pocket styles and the stitching around the edges. Then the garment is made without a pre-existing pattern, measured to an exact fit to the individual. The piece is literally custom-made new each time and no two pieces are exactly alike; the precise opposite of “ready-to-wear,” or prêt-à-porter, where clothing is sold finished, in standard sizes.

The bespoke style of neat dress is analogous to London’s legendary Savile Row. But don’t think bespoke tailoring means persnickety tailors and inflated prices, it’s a modern movement too. Often, the tailors travel to busy clients at home or in the office for a fitting session and to discuss the design of the suit. These meetings are relaxed and enjoyable with discussion about factors such as lifestyle, working environment and personality. A few weeks later, the made-to-measure suit is ready and can be delivered to the door at a reasonable price. The result is a person who looks and feels fantastic in made-to-measure clothing, and often for the same price as most off-the-rack suits.

There are many bespoke tailors, or custom clothiers, who want to make someone their new first suit or a new special suit for that made to order look. They want their clients to look good, as if they are wearing a work of art that will last and last, and often sell online and offer great sales.

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