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What is a Bespoke Suit?

The definition of the word bespoke comes from bespoken, giving the characteristic of choice.

This in tailoring terms means to design clothing from a blank canvas, the client adding his own individual choice of styling to those of the skilled cutter. The cutter will work in tangent with the client’s waistcoat maker, coat maker and trousers maker adjusting the pattern at the various stages of making thus creating the perfect paper pattern.

Bespoke is usually a British English term for tailored clothing made at a customer’s behest, and exactly to the customer’s specification. Bespoke clothing is created without use of a pre-existing pattern, differentiating it from made-to-measure, which alters a standard-sized pattern to fit the customer.

Bespoke derives from the word bespeak, meaning ‘to ask for’ something. It comes from Savile Row, where a customer would bespeak for a measure of cloth. The bespoke bolt of cloth was unavailable to any other client until the entire suit had been cut, assembled, and sewn

What’s Involved?

  • 3 – 6 fittings required.
  • 18 – 40 measurements required.
  • Aprox. work time for a skilled tailor: 80 – 100 hours per suit.
  • Aprox. Make time: from 12 weeks.

Prices for a Bespoke suit start from £1995.00.


I hired from JB for my wedding in September. This is the second time my family has used JB and both times the service has been nothing short of fantastic. Great service from the guys makes it better than hiring or buying from a run of the mill high street shop. Suits fitted perfect and looked great in the photos.

Anyone looking for a brilliant suit to hire and also the experience to go with it should give Jack Bunnies a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Stuart Cross