what is “bespoke”?

what is “bespoke”?

What is bespoke?

The first thing I’ll do is discuss with you what type of suit you are looking for, and its uses. Then a cloth is chosen from the full range available today, and also which type of style and fit would be most suitable for you.

Clothes made by me have all the hallmarks you would expect from true bespoke tailoring:

More than 20 measurements and figuration details are taken from the customer. Then a personal pattern will be hand-drafted and cut from scratch- not the basic, adjusted template pattern, as used by so many other tailors these days.

Using your pattern, the cloth is then cut and trimmed, along with the finest linings and silks available. A single tailor is then given the parts of the garment to sew together, from the earliest fitting stages, to the final, complete suit. Each suit is completely hand-made, even down to the button holes.

[For a fuller explanation of the different levels of tailoring (ready-to-wear, made-to-measure, bespoke etc) please go here.]

  • Jeff Collins, Professional Haberdasher
    Posted at 23:42h, 22 April Reply

    I have the utmost respect for a true tailor. It is a dying art, kept alive by people like yourself.

    Here in the United States of America it is very difficult to find someone who does what you do. Most clothing is made to measure, like most of what I provide for my clients, and it bothers me when others in my profession claim to make a ‘bespoke’ suit. They use the term too loosely. There is something exclusive and regal about wearing a bespoke suit.

    If ready-made is good, then made to measure is better while bespoke is the best. Prices should reflect this but sometimes people get caught up in paying a hefty price for a designer label in a ready-made suit.

    My Best,

    Jeff Collins
    Professional Haberdasher

  • Joey at Sewing Stash
    Posted at 14:20h, 24 December Reply

    Super — learned a new word! I’ve never heard it used in the States — would that be because there aren’t many bespoke tailors here?

  • Scotty
    Posted at 22:54h, 21 August Reply

    When I become Prime Minister, I shall make sure to come here to have my suits made.
    I’m only 19, but I do love a good suit, spend far too much time browsing them, wishing for money to spend!
    Ah well, one can dream.
    Best Wishes,

  • Patrick
    Posted at 12:34h, 02 October Reply

    Armani, Gucci, Versace etc etc, you could go on naming these vacant and uninspiring labels all day. They cost a small fortune, come in cuts and shapes that very few men could wear comfortably or wear well for that matter and they go to great lengths to redefine men’s fashion while leaving the wearer often looking like a shiny twit.

    To all you bespoke artisans, keep doing what you’re doing. You are true artists.

    All the best.

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