The complete guide to getting a bespoke suit
Ever considered getting something made for you but never quite taken the plunge? Here is everything you need to know about the made-to-measure process and why it is the wardrobe elevation that delivers like no other
In the words of author Charles Hix, “Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.” And there are few greater sartorial expressions of self-worth than a tailored suit.
Crafted for you, and with you, it is the direct messaging of someone who values the big picture by focusing on the detail. Yet the perception of how tailoring works can sometimes be clouded by misunderstanding, from the pricing to the process.
Brown Thomas’ master tailor Dusko Starcevic knows as much as there is to know about made–to-measure, from the initial consultation to the final finished piece. He explains how it's done.
What is the main difference between getting a made-to-measure suit versus an off-the-rack option?
As the name suggests, a made-to-measure suit or garment is tailored to your body measurements. It is made to fit your body perfectly.
It is also a fantastic option if you need something for a special occasion as you can choose from a variety of fabrics and finishes. The result is that the garment will be unique. There is so much more choice.
How does the made-to-measure process start?
It all starts with an initial conversation over the phone or in-store, and we can then discuss which brand best suits your needs. This season we have the master tailors from Tom Ford, Corneliani, Zegna, Eton and Canali joining us in Brown Thomas Dublin. We then book you in for an appointment with one or even more of these tailors.
How long does it take?
Typically, the whole consultation takes under an hour. Creating the unique garment can take a few weeks but I can assure you it will be well worth it.
How many fittings/consultations are needed?
Just two. The initial measurements and choosing of fabrics, and then the collection.
Are there any restrictions on what you can ask for?
None in my experience. The fantastic thing about our Made-to-Measure event is the variety of visiting brands therefore the choice is vast. Almost everything can be catered for. Some of our brands will be offering customised knitwear, outerwear and footwear.
Can you re-order another suit in the same cut without being re-fit for it?
Yes, if you are confident that your body shape hasn't changed.
What other benefits are there, for example, adding individual elements, customisation etc?
You can choose many detailed options, the colour of the lining, the buttons, embroidered initials etc. The biggest benefit is reassurance. The reassurance in knowing that these trusted master tailors and ourselves at Brown Thomas are making your fashion desires a reality. The whole experience from start to finish is something to be enjoyed.
Meet the master tailors
Brown Thomas is running a full events calendar for their Made-to-Measure service with master tailors from Canali, Corneliani, Eleventy, Eton, Zegna and Tom Ford visiting in-store for limited dates only.
Save the date: Made-to-Measure events in-store
TOM FORD: Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of February
CORNELIANI: Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th February
ELEVENTY: Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March
ETON: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March
ZEGNA: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March
CANALI: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th March
Brown Thomas Made-to-Measure service is available all year round. See full listings of events below, and to book a Made to Measure appointment call: (01)617 1159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org