Of course, cottons vary but at least the essential information is agreed on as true by all parties. In contrast, terms like 'bespoke' are, more or less, used to sell a general notion of a specific service. But standards will vary enormously from one 'bespoke' product to the next. A suit that is advertised as 'bespoke' on the high street for £500 and a suit bought from Saville Row for £5,000 will share the term but little else.
Bespoke suits, in the opinion of this store, are suits made entirely from scratch, for one individual, with several fittings throughout the production to ensure a uniquely perfect fit. This process is slow, methodical and above all else, expensive. Expect to pay at LEAST £3000 for a basic suit. Please do not mis-understand me; Anthony does not make bespoke clothing. We offer three tailoring services for suits, jackets and trousers. They are Made to Measure, Made to Order and Ready To Wear. These increase in complexity and offer a good level of alterations, many made at the pattern cutting stage which provide an outstanding fit for the majority of individuals. But we work within a system offered to us by our suppliers. We go out of our way to provide the best suit for a given budget, which is not always something made to measure. Good outfitters need to be honest and up front about what they can and cannot do and what is the best spend for the customers needs.
Let's break down our three services so we're clear about what's on offer:
Ready To Wear
Made To Order
Made To Measure
Consider the price/quality ratio and realise that all made to measure services are the same
Most suppliers will have their own system that allows retailers to make pattern changes before cutting. Always ask your tailor what he/she can do differently with the extra money you've given him/her for a made to measure or even 'bespoke' suit. Watch what they measure; if it's just your sleeve, jacket and leg length and nothing else; ask about your shoulders, chest, sleeve width, seat and posture. If these options are not available, remember to weigh them against the price of the garment. In other words, consider the price/quality ratio and realise that not all made to measure services are the same. Being informed is always the best defence against overspending.
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