Ready to Wear, Made to Measure & Bespoke Explained
Harry Rosen explains what the differences between ready-to-wear, made-to-measure and bespoke suits.
Let’s start with the most widely available option: ready to wear.
Ready-to-wear or off-the-rack suits are made to one of a designer’s signature patterns. Though offered in standard sizes, minor alterations are possible, so most men can find a ready-to-wear garment that fits them well.
A made-to-measure suit is where a greater number of measurements and several personalization opportunities truly begin to reflect your individual taste. Working from one of a designer’s signature patterns, a Clothing Advisor will take measurements specific to your posture and build before noting your choices for the fabric your suit is constructed from, the look of the jacket lining, the style of the vents and pockets, and button options. Back in the designer’s factory, the suit’s standard pattern is tailored accordingly, and an additional fitting is typically scheduled to fine-tune for fit and comfort.
With a bespoke suit, a pattern is designed specifically for you from scratch, with special emphasis on your almost-limitless creative options. You select the fabric and lining; the style of the lapels, vents and pockets; the type of buttons and thread; plus a host of other fanciful touches that will make your suit look and feel completely your own. For bespoke suits, two to three fittings are the norm.
And there you have it. If seeing is believing, consider an appointment with a Harry Rosen Clothing Advisor. We’d be happy to guide you to a personalized look that’s unmistakably yours.
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