Why the long history of custom-made suits are trending back in fashion



Tailoring is the art of designing, cutting, fitting, and finishing clothes. The word tailor comes from the French tailler, to cut, and appears in the English language during the fourteenth century.


In Latin, the word for tailor was sartor, meaning patcher or mender, hence the English "sartorial," or relating to the tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing. The term bespoke, or custom, tailoring describes garments made to measure for a specific client. Bespoke tailoring signals that these items are already "spoken for" rather than made on speculation.


However, there’s more to bespoke suits than just being more expensive than your off-the-rack, department store blazer. If you have never owned a tailored suit before, here are the reasons why you ought to get one:



1. Your clothes fit better

Anyone who wants to look good knows how the fitting means everything. Fitting is the key to showing off your body in the most flattering way.


That’s the core goal of custom made clothing. It’s well-adjusted to your personal measurements while providing enough ease and comfort. Extreme tightness or looseness shouldn’t be felt since these bring down your confidence. Custom made means you get to adjust certain aspects such as:

  • The ease at the neck area

  • The length of the sleeves

  • The amount of additional body length needed


2. Usage of quality materials

With off-the-rack stuff, quality isn’t the priority. That’s how the system goes – cost-effective mass production via industrial machines.


Custom tailors value precision. They’re able to make adjustments on the spot and look out for inconsistencies. They adhere to the right number of stitches per inch – which keeps the fabric durable. You can select better fabrics – cotton, wool, artificial fibers, blended natural fibers, silk, etc. – before the process even begins. This gives you a big advantage, getting you the perfect clothing that suits your environment.



3. You get to flaunt your individuality


There’s a limit to how much “you” is reflected in ready-to-buy clothes. But custom made clothing allows you to bring out more individuality. There are manufacturers who work with not just different fabrics – but multiple features and design options as well. There’s a good amount of collaboration in which you influence the final product. You get to be creative.



4. Quality equals durability


Custom-made clothing is a great long-term investment. Because of the materials used and overall quality – there are fewer problems to face later on. You'll avoid paying for lots of repairs (or even replacements). Any issues that may happen over time can be dealt with easily by a skilled tailor (they're usually tiny adjustments). You can add the following extras on custom made clothes to extend their lifespan: French Seams

  • Seams with more security and durability, preventing threads from getting caught up or damaged

  • They allow the garment to have a clean finished appearance

Gussets

  • Materials that can be inserted in stress points of clothing (such as the lower side seams)

  • They lessen the amount of stress that's being applied to those points

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Meiko Tailor is Singapore’s homegrown bespoke tailor with over 50 years of experience in bespoke tailoring. Over the years, we have developed our house-style in suits-crafting, pants and shirt-making, in particular, our bespoke suit. Every piece of tailored suit is the culmination of hours of handwork from start to finish by our team of experienced craftsmen trained by Master Tailor Chung. 

 

We ensure that every piece of your customised wear is tailored to your fit and comfort. It is not only the fitting of cloth to the body but the attention to details from the cut to the fitting; from design style selection to the choice of fabrics and buttons, we are with you throughout the whole process, ensuring you get the best of tailoring experience. 

 

Our resident personal styling advisor, trained and certified by Academy of ImageWorks (AIM) is always happy to help you with simple styling advice and colour profile that flatters your body so you look your absolute best in your power suit or daily wear. 

 

We also provide overseas mail orders and personalise house visits within the CBD area for busy executives and/or business travellers upon appointment.

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