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Old 10-02-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Bespoke Suits: Are they worth it?

For those of you with a bespoke suit or know what a bespoke suit is.....is it worth it?

Does the fit and quality really different from lets say an Armani or Hugo Boss quality type suit.

I'm in London for three months and will be graduating after this semester is over. I walked around Savile Row today and noticed the snazzy suit(Also, three Ferrari's, 2 Astons, and about 10 Bentleys) . I'm contemplating buying a black bespoke suit for interviews/work but wanted some further opinions.

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Old 10-02-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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do you have one? pics/experience/brand?

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Not worth it. Real Saville Row bespoke suits are thousands of dollars. There is very little benefit to having one as a junior professional in any industry. In fact, it may even get you laughed at. A couple of other pointers, stay away from Black suits and Armani or Boss. Black is too formal for work and Armani/Boss are overpriced for the quality you get.
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well i dont have a Real Saville Row bespoke suit. but i have a bespoke suit made for me here in seattle...and the fit is exceptional.....the guy also made 3 custom fit shirts that fit perfect....

so i dont know about about the whole saville suit thing....
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:45 PM   #6
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ok. no, you don't need a savile row bespoke suit at your point in life. a MTM or even a nicely tailored off the rack suit would be sufficient. If you do decide on bespoke, go check out Gieves & Hawkes on savile row and also pogson and davis in Mayfair. They make very top notch stuff but very expensive. One thing you shouldn't ever do is spend over 2500 on an OTR suit. At that price point a bespoke is a better alternative. and Please, do not get a black suit, especially for interviews. The importance and versatility of a Navy suit cannot be overstated. I think a perfect business wardrobe would consist of at least two navy two button suits with double vents and no pleats...two grey suits one stripe one plain etc and also one charcoal chalkstripe and a windowpane suit of some sort to mix it up. Spread collar shirts are the ONLY way to go and for christs sake, get a good pair of shoes.
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Okay look, take my advice and win, take any conflicting advice and lose.

Do not get a black suit. Say it to yourself: do not get a black suit. Get a navy blue or charcoal wool suit. These are the two most versatile business wear suits. Flat front trousers, no cuff. One or two buttons, or double breasted.

Now about whether or not bespoke is for you is a tougher question than it seems. Bespoke generally takes several fittings to get the custom pattern correct. This is fine if you live there currently and can take a few months to a year to get the fit right. Now, in rare cases, bespoke will not be the best solution. A quality tailor will make this a much easier process. Know what you beforehand so you don't look like a philistine.

MTM is a cheaper solution where a tailor takes his established pattern of suit and makes slight adjustments based on your measurements. A lot of the time this a much more fiscally responsible route if you can find a company with a good pattern for you.

OTR is tricky. You will have to try on a lot of suits, all while taking terrible suggestions from commissioned sales people. Make a trip to NYC and go to the Polo Mansion on Madison ave and have them fit you. RL generally has a pattern to just about anyone.

The deciding factor is your budget, though.
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Another small note about Hugo Boss suits. The fit is nice, but for the money, the construction (for most of their line-up) is sub-par. Another option is to go to one of the Asian countries and get a bespoke suit for dirt cheap. You can also get very nice bespoke shoes as well. You say that for the price of the ticket, you can get a suit in London? Well, this way, you'll be getting another vacation to Asia.
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Generally, a black suit is said to be too sharp of a color and that for business applications, navy blue or charcoal are a more versatile option. I have a black suit for now, but my next suit (which will be either a very nice OTR suit like a Zegna or a bespoke suit) will be a solid Navy suit. The things you can match with that gives you a very nice range. Also, and this is a personal thing, I like wearing brown shoes and both Navy (especially Navy) and Charcoal can support brown. Some may differ on the Charcoal with brown.
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Abraham Lincoln was shot in a black suit. From then on, black suits were for 'the help and the deceased'.
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i have a black suit and i see nothing wrong with them .... they are sharp lookin....i dont see what all the fuss about a black suit is
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i have a black suit and i see nothing wrong with them .... they are sharp lookin....i dont see what all the fuss about a black suit is
Wear whatever you want - confidence is key, but a black suit is sartorially incorrect.
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Even if it's just once, a man should buy a bespoke suit. OP, the vendors listed are all good but check out Ozwald Boateng, too - I can personally reccomend him - awesome suits!

I'd agree with the comments re avoiding black for everyday work - I do have one for funeral duty and when I want to give bad news at work (it was known as my 'firing suit") but it's not really de rigeur for the workplace. My favourite suit is a thick chalkstripe 3 piece (I'm a sucker for a waistcoat!) If you're worried that your suit might be a bit boring, spec up the loudest material you can find for the lining - I've seen chartreuse before (a bit OTT, but you get noticed!)

+1 on the shoes, though - get a pair (or three!) from any of the famous Norhampton houses, you should be good, but if you've got cash to burn go for Lobb - not cheap mind, I think 700 was about par for an OTP pair and you can easily do double that for bespoke - one day!
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Not worth it. Real Saville Row bespoke suits are thousands of dollars. There is very little benefit to having one as a junior professional in any industry. In fact, it may even get you laughed at. A couple of other pointers, stay away from Black suits and Armani or Boss. Black is too formal for work and Armani/Boss are overpriced for the quality you get.
+1 i use either a solid navy blue or a grey pinstripe depending on the place
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Thanks for all your comments guys, I already have a black suit but was thinking about getting a navy or a charcoal pinstripe. As I am on a budget being abroad, I don't know if now is the time to get one(money, time constraints with fitting, etc).

But are there good bespoke tailors in the USA. I was researching online and found a tailor by Duncan Quin. Supposedly he does suits for Jeremy Piven, Diddy and stars alike.

In my lifetime I would like to have a bespoke suit, but I don't know if at my tender age of 22 that would be necessary. Thanks for all the responses
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Thanks for all your comments guys, I already have a black suit but was thinking about getting a navy or a charcoal pinstripe. As I am on a budget being abroad, I don't know if now is the time to get one(money, time constraints with fitting, etc).

But are there good bespoke tailors in the USA. I was researching online and found a tailor by Duncan Quin. Supposedly he does suits for Jeremy Piven, Diddy and stars alike.

In my lifetime I would like to have a bespoke suit, but I don't know if at my tender age of 22 that would be necessary. Thanks for all the responses
Charcoal pinstripe is not a versatile choice.

It's apparent you're not ready for a bespoke suit. For the same money buy yourself a few good (not armani, boss, etc) OTR or MTM suits. Start with a navy blue and charcoal. Then take the rest of the money and invest it in a good pair of brown and black leather (and leather soled) shoes. You want these to be versatile too, so don't get wingtips or any other highly ornate shoes. Allen Edmonds will probably be your best bet.
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This thread isn't old...not at all...
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Totally worth it for me! Hard to fit any off the rack suits on me without alot of tailoring!
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