Differences between RTW - MTM - Bespoke / Part 2: Bespoke tailoring

Extremely skilled hands, years of training and effortless taste: these the characteristics that make a bespoke tailor.

Extremely skilled hands, years of training and effortless taste: these the characteristics that make a bespoke tailor.

 

We’re finally back, sorry for the radio silence but we’re working as crazy on an exciting project that will see the light in the coming weeks and demanded all our attention.

Soooooo, let’s update this simple guide and discuss Bespoke Tailoring:

Bespoke tailoring represents the exact opposite of RTW, meaning that every garment is individually crafted and patterns are made from scratch, based on the customer’s measurements and personalization wishes.

The term derives from the meaning “to give for it to be made” of the word “bespeak” and since the development of RTW it has become synonymous with the highest level of quality and luxury in men’s clothing.

Nowadays bespoke tailoring is considered a craft close to art, since much (if not all) of the work is hand-made, from measurements taking to fabric cutting and sewing of the different parts of the garment.

In addition to this, master tailors from older generations are becoming increasingly rare and only a few younger people have developed the skills needed to be considered a master tailor.

Prices go accordingly to this high degree of craftsmanship and they can vary a lot depending on the cloth chosen but, as a general rule, they are always in the luxury segment of the market.

Needless to say, bespoke tailors have access to cloths from the best mills and merchants in the world, with the likes of Loro Piana, Zegna, Holland&Sherry, Albini, Vitale Barberis Canonico typically 

Bespoke tailoring ensures, depending of course on the skills of the chosen tailor, a perfect fit and almost endless personalization options, making every garment a unique item.

It is the perfect choice for people looking for exclusivity and the opportunity of having the perfect garment created from scratch, choosing cloth and details to their liking and having them cut and sewn by hand on a unique masterpiece.

On the downside, at least three appointments  (body measurements, fabric + details selection and two fittings) are required before the final garment is finished and ready to be delivered, for an average of about 8 weeks of lead time: you better not be in a hurry to see the results of the hard work of the tailor.

It has to be noted that high prices also put the “bespoke experience” out of reach for the majority of customers.

How about you, have you already tried a bespoke tailor, or do you regularly use it, and how was your experience?