Bespoke Clothing?

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Something that has caught my fancy lately is the idea of bespoke (made to order?) clothing.

    One of the mixed blessings of losing a significant amount of weight is the need for an updated wardrobe; I recently had most of my suits taken in about a month ago, and even now they are getting a little loose on me. icon_smile.gif

    That I can live with, so long as I am not swimming in them (particularly the suit jackets).

    But I am noticing that my dress shirts - while fitting me nicely about the shoulders/yoke/neck, are hanging very loose and I am having issues tucking the shirts so that I don't look like a human flying squirrel when I need to lift my arm(s) away from my core.

    So I am thinking of buying some dress shirts and having them made "bespoke".

    The initial research I've done puts the price of a shirt around the $120 - $200 range, which is probably quite a bit more than I need to really spend, but having shirts that fit nicely (and made to a pattern that exactly fits me) could well be worth the cost.

    What do you think? Is bespoke worth the cost - and would you do it?

    If you do, who/which tailors (if you are local to NYC) would you recommend?

    Or are those Hong Kong based tailors who travel to major cities worth working with (seem to be somewhat cheaper, but dealing with a non-US based shop) ?

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    Jul 12, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    To me, you look like you've got the kind of body that should fit off-the-rack fine. Maybe just go and try on a few different sizes and styles.
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    You haven't tried the fitted kind? Where I work we sell them for 40 dollars or less and they're great for slimmer builds.
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    Jul 12, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    You did lose a considerable amount of weight. Me too. I need to go shopping for clothes...icon_sad.gif

    Let's go to woodbury commons one day Joe.

    http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=7
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    Jul 12, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    that's a 20min drive for me ;)
  • tazzari

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    Jul 12, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    I can't speak for shirts, but I had a three-piece suit made in London some time ago, and a tux more recently. They cost a lot, but the quality was outstanding (leading me to think it will out-last everything else I own) and the fit... ! I have never felt so well dressed: almost like you're not wearing anything at all, because it fits YOU.

    Give it a try. if you like it, get more.

    Nat
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    Jul 12, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Your dress shirts are sloppy at the bottom because they are made with the average American male in mind.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 12, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    try fitted shirts, or having off the rack taken in by a tailor
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    Jul 12, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatSectionView.process?IWAction=Load&Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=1059



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    Jul 13, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    I'm thinking about getting a suit from this site
    (they also make shirts)
    http://www.moderntailor.com

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    Jul 13, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    I'm a smaller build guy and have had dress shirts made before. However, they are expensive, time consuming to iron, and the fabric choices always truck me as not very up-to-date.

    However, today so many clothing brands are producing slim or trim fits including Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, J. Crew, and Club Monaco.

    There's also a site/store I've heard of that specializes in men's dress shirts that are made to fit correctly: 5thandlamar.com
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    Jul 13, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    PINK is good for shirts. They have every fabric under the sun and the cost is reasonable.

    You can buy off the rack and have them tailored but really, for a little more you can have them made to fit and choose the fabric you like.

    European or Slim fit / cut may help a bit but once you reach certain proportions off-the-rack simply won't cut it any more. In order to accomodate your shoulders and chest you will be swimming in fabric throught the mid section. Unfortunately the average American man does not have much of a "V" LOL!!!!!!

    I reccomend sending them out to be cleaned and pressed. It is a bit more expensive but they last alot longer. Look at anything Bespoke as NOT being disposable - that is part of the reason for the cost.
  • Roads2Abs

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    Jul 14, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    If price is an issue, spend more on a good tailor. Your clothes will fit better and most can't tell by designer.
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    Jul 14, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    AlphaT, If you do it, I'd love to know how it turns out. I never can find a shirt that fits well. (tall and lanky here).icon_cry.gif

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    Jul 14, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidWhat do you think? Is bespoke worth the cost - and would you do it?

    If you do, who/which tailors (if you are local to NYC) would you recommend?

    Or are those Hong Kong based tailors who travel to major cities worth working with (seem to be somewhat cheaper, but dealing with a non-US based shop) ?

    I dislike the term "bespoke." I know very few uses for it, Rolls Royce Motor Cars being one that employs it

    Depends on what you're buying. For most garments I'm happy with off the rack. I'm not freakishly sized, so most standard sizes fit me. My main problem is short legs, so that most 40" suit jackets come with 32" or 34" trousers, whereas I need 28-3/34".

    The last time I bought a shirt for $200+ USD was for my formal dinner jacket. But usually I just grab something off the rack, works well enough.

    One of my most wonderful memories was when I was going to prep school as a Freshman, 9th grade at 14 in 1963. And my late Father took me to his tailor to outfit me, since we had to wear coat and tie, though no uniform (actually I'd worn coat & tie since kindergarten). But my Dad wanted me properly dressed.

    And my clothes were "bespoke" as you call it, custom made. And when it came time to fit my trousers, me standing on a little carpeted platform box surrounded by mirrors, my Father sitting nearby, the tailor ran the tape up to my crotch and asked:

    "What side do you dress on, sir?"

    What side do I WHAT? It took me a few heartbeats to figure that out, before answering: "Neither, I wear briefs." (It referred to men who wore boxers, and hung down one of their pants legs, so the tailor could bias the cut of the trouser crotch in custom-made pants)

    Next my Dad took me to his shoemaker, for custom-made shoes. I wore one pair for over 30 years, until they finally just crumbled from rot, and my feet growing with age (you know that happens to us all?).

    But those moments, at my Dad's trailer & shoemaker, made me feel so grown up. Yeah, I'd had "bespoke" clothing before, but never from my Father's own providers. I was now a man, no longer a boy, and my Father was very, very considerate to do that for me. We had our clashes, but bottom line, he was always a class act, and always good to me. icon_biggrin.gif