Custom Tailored Suit for FI?

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well, my husband had this done, but it was while we were on vacation in Thailand, so it was probably pretty different in terms of logistics and cost! When we ordered the suit they took his measurements and he picked out fabric – he got a three piece suit and 3 collared shirts and 2 ties. They put together the suit and we went back a week later for a fitting then a week after that to pick it up (again, this company does a lot of work for tourists, so they are used to a fast turn around time). When he goes in for his fitting he should definitely move around, dance, sit down, bend over, etc. to make sure that it is fitting properly. Also, if you’re spending the money on a custom suit, get a good quality fabric – it’ll be worth it in the long run. Now my husband wishes he’d had more custom shirts made because he’s very trim and most retail shirts are baggy on him, so they look weird under a fitted suit. I’m also a huge fan of three pieces because I love a guy in a vest – but that’s me!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My DH had his tux custom done in NYC – http://michaelandrewsbespoke.com/.  I can PM you the guy who my DH worked with, i think you may get a discount if you say someone referred you.  Theire suit starts at $1,200, so they are definitely high end but very very well done.  The shop is super cool, and they have a full bar.  I always go with DH when he goes.  The guys there are very helpful and they walk you through the whole process, what type of buttons, exactly where you want your pockets, exactly how the fit is.  They have a facebook page where they feature wedding parties, definitely check them out!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Oh and I think their suits are done in 6 – 8 weeks, plus another month or two for fittings.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My FI is getting his custom made at Brooks Brothers.  He was just going to buy one off the rack, but they were having a custom suit event the following weekend and it would up being about the same price to do it that way where he got to pick the fabric, lining, cut, etc. and have it all made for him.  It takes about 6-8 weeks so I think he should be getting a call any day now that it is ready.  I think it’s costing about $1200 but I don’t remember exactly.  All I know is that it’s much more than my dress, even accounting for alterations 😉  But, at least he can wear it again!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My Dad got his tux for our wedding custom-made at brooks brothers too! I think his was a little cheaper – around $800.

Guys are definitely lucky they can rewear their wedding attire!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Indochino offers custom suits in the $400-600 range. They send you a measuring kit with details on how to measure, swatches to choose your lining/suit fabric, and a good selection of cuts and styles that you can personalize. Our friend had his suit made for his wedding, and the quality and service was very good.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It depends on a lot of factors.  First, whether you are getting a made to measure suit, or bespoke.  A made to measure suit is made from an existing pattern, that is adjusted to the customer’s measurements, and can often have details, such as lapel, and pocket styles, changed to his preference.  A bespoke suit is made from a new pattern, that is drafted specficallly for the customer.  Bespoke is both more expensive, and more time consuming.

As to price, it varies widely depending on whether it’s MtM or bespoke, what type of construction you go with (fully canvassed, half canvassed, fused), some of the details, where you live, what fabric you choose, what tailor you go to, etc.  Timing can be anywhere from a few weeks, to almost a year, depending on which route you go.

Online made to measure suits are often problematic; they’re the sort of thing where yu really need to know what you’re getting, and what you want, in order to assess whehther it’s a good value.  Two good places to ask (where many people are knowledgeable, but not all, of course) are styleforum.net, and the forums at askandyaboutclothes.com – there are also many blogs, and sites with information about this.

Custom suits are not necessarily better than ready to wear, and they (made to measure especially) will not necessarily fit better.  To be a good fit, made to measure suits need to start from a pattern that already has the right general shape for the customer, so they are not necessarily going to be any better than a properly fitting ready to wear suit, after alterations.  The biggest advantage to made to measure is usually control of the material, and details.

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