Custom suits are a luxury that is worth it if you care about your appearance. However, it is important to understand the differences between off the rack and made-to-measure before you decide which option is right for you.
Off the rack is mass produced and fits general size guidelines. This type of suit is less expensive, but can require a significant amount of alterations to fit perfectly. Made-to-measure is typically a better fit and will be tailored to your exact measurements. The quality of the fabric and construction also differs. For example, the majority of online MTM brands use a fused jacket construction, which is faster and cheaper than a fully canvassed suit. The quality of the fabrics used also varies, with most using a non-branded microfibre or microfibre-wool blend from Asia. Oliver Wicks on the other hand uses a full-canvas construction, which improves drape and gives the lapels a more curved roll than the stiff, pressed look of a fused suit.
A MTM suit can cost between $300-1,000, depending on the region it is made in and the fabric used. A full bespoke suit can be more expensive but offers the best fit, highest quality materials and the most personalized experience.
A bespoke suit can take up to 1 year to complete. This includes multiple fittings in a luxurious and relaxing environment, where the tailor can offer personal advice based on years of experience. A bespoke suit will also include high-quality buttons, pick stitching and a functional boutonniere loop. In addition, you can specify a wide range of other customizations such as shoulder type (soft/unstructured, Neapolitan or lightly padded), trouser break and pleats. Custom suits