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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.

 

What sets Jack Bunneys apart is that unlike many, they have not forgotten or allow to slip that special relationship that a man has with his tailor and the legacy that comes with that. I’m not talking about just good service in the purely transactional experiences we get used to these days where if you’re lucky and paying a lot of money someone will be nice to you in order to sell you something. Here you get to come in, talk a while through your needs as well as other things and get to know these fine folks and they get to know you too, which makes a massive impact in the final product.

Luke Firth

Groom