Custom suits allow you to specify design details like lapel style (notch, peaked or shawl) and width; vent type (single, double, no); pocket style (jetted, flap or patch); and button color. You can even combine suit elements from different styles, like Italian tapered waist pants with British elements like a hacking pocket or a flat cap.
Custom Made suits can take a bit of time to get right. The process starts with a consultation with your tailor, who will measure your body and create a customized pattern. You then choose your fabric from a wide range of options, including wool and cotton blends, linen, silk and cashmere. They also offer hundreds of linings and trim options, from traditional solids to windowpane, glen plaid, chalk stripe or houndstooth.
Most online MTM companies offer a suite of tools that make the entire process easy to manage, but some, like Indochino, go one step further by offering a showroom experience. This allows you to try on garments in their spacious changing rooms, with template pairs of jackets and pants that will be close to your size, before the tailor starts work.
In the showroom, you can see what your suit will look like in person, run your fingers over the fabric and ask questions of the store’s rep, who should be current with suiting trends and able to give unbiased opinions on what works best for your unique body. They can also help you lock in a fit that is both flattering and comfortable. This is important because, once the suit gets into production, a lot of time and money will have already been invested. Custom suits