Updated: Apr 22
When one mentions the word ‘bespoke’, most would think of items that are high-priced and luxurious -- like a classic Chanel suit or other name brand clothing item and/or accessories that are unique and personalised -- unlike something you’d come across in the departmental store. Nonetheless, today we hear the word bespoke thrown around a lot more -- often out of context -- in many common advertisements. The word ‘bespoke’ is now being used by interior designers to market a new kitchen or a restaurant offering a new meal on their menu.
So, what really is the true meaning of ‘bespoke’ and how is it different from others?
What is Bespoke Tailoring?
Basically, the term bespoke describes something that is custom made for you and you only based on your individual specifications. Although not limited to clothing, the term bespoke is most often associated with men’s professional attire such as suits, tuxedos, sports jackets, shoes and more.
True bespoke tailoring is the pinnacle of men’s attire. Bespoke tailoring combines the core principles of bespoke and elevates them with the masterful craft of tailoring. To be a true bespoke garment it must be made with the highest level of quality in regard to the materials, construction, and skilled craftsmanship.
Bespoke tailoring uses a pattern that is individually created every time a garment is made by a skilled cutter. During a fitting for a bespoke garment, your master stylists or tailor will take upwards of 40 measurements to ensure the perfect fit each and every time. From your measurements, your tailor will construct a pattern which is used as a construction plan for each of the different sections of the garment during construction.
In addition to the other specifications, in order for a garment to truly bespoke, it requires a series of multiple fittings and must always be fully canvassed.
Bespoke Tailoring Vs Made-to-Measure -- What are the Differences?
Unlike bespoke tailoring, made-to-measure (MTM) is written-up and cut out by a computer vs. a skilled craftsman. Made-to-measure garments always involve a form of standardisation in the pattern and manufacturing process.
Since a computer is used to help aid the construction process, it does not take into account all of the smaller details that a skilled cutter would consider. As a result of the lack of customization and the automation in the manufacturing process, the overall craftsmanship of the garment suffers.
Having a bespoke garment means that everything is 100% customized to fit you as an individual. You are getting a one-of-a-kind garment that takes into consideration your individual body shape, wear-preference, and overall sense of style.
Why Choose Bespoke?
Opting for bespoke tailoring really comes down to two things: fit and quality. To truly determine if bespoke is right for you it really depends on what you are looking for. Here are the reasons why you should invest in a bespoke garment:
With a made-to-measure garment, you eliminate a lot of the customizations options you can get with bespoke clothing. Since made-to-measure uses a computer to cut out your pattern you are limited by the companies set patterns and pre-existing options. Bespoke items are highly customisable. For instance, cuts and details that are not currently in-trend and, therefore, unavailable elsewhere; are always possible with a bespoke piece. All you need to do is communicate your preference to your tailor.
Another key point to consider is that bespoke tailoring creates a one-of-a-kind garment that no one else will ever have. It is 100% made for you and you alone while made-to-measure may have 50,000 other people wearing the exact same suit as you.
To be a true bespoke tailored garment, everything must be made of the finest quality fabrics from around the world and use the highest quality craftsmanship during construction. Bespoke garments are meant to be an investment piece that last a very long time. With proper maintenance, you will have your bespoke garments for more than years. This means you are buying fewer garments while saving you money over the long run.
When it comes to clothing, there is really no such thing as a one size fits all approach. What is better for one person might not work for another. It really boils down to what you are personally looking for. Here at Meiko Tailor, we specialise in making 100% true custom garments made exclusively for you. Get in touch with us to know more or make an appointment with our in-house stylist for a consultation session.