Thursday, 21 May 2009

Made-To-Measure Suit Vs Bespoke Tailoring

For us here at Jack Bunneys there is a definitive difference between a Made-To-Measure Suit and a Bespoke Suit. However it seems that other tailors are not always in complete agreement of our definition. Its seems that some consider that a choice is enough to constitute the word 'Bespoke'
The defination of 'Bespoke : to be custom made' has become the accepted one. Like all words or phrases this has developed because of popular use, you can purchase bespoke curtains, bespoke arm-chairs, bespoke wall paper and just about anything bespoke.
The word 'Bespoke' derives from Saville Row, the home of tailoring and it was used to describe a bolt of cloth which had been 'spoken for' ie. reserved for a customer prior to cutting.
It is because of the origins of this word that I believe the word 'Bespoke' should be reserved for garments made in the spirit of Saville Row.
Mass-Produced, factory engineered garments should not (in my opinion) be labled with the exclusive Bespoke tag, despite a choice of fabrics, linings and style options.

That is why here at Jack Bunneys we clearly label all of our products and services. We will honestly tell you the method which your garment has been produced. We are proud of all of our services whether factory or hand-made.


Made-To-Measure Suit. - Our made-to-measure suits are factory made, in Germany by top formalwear factory Odermark. We are proud of our Made-To-Measure suit partner and we believe they offer one of the best products in the market. They use the finest manufacturing techniques and the choice of the worlds best fabric. They tie all of this quality together using the latest modern tailoring technology.

Bespoke Tailoring - Our bespoke suits are hand-cut and hand-made on the premises. They require a minimum of 4 fittings. They include horse-hair canvas, hand-padded collars and hand-made buttons holes as standard.

Made-to-Measure Suit

Bespoke Tailoring

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Marc
I agree with your comments, unfortunately some online tailors out of ignorance use terminology that misleads the customer. These so called bespoke tailors tell customers that made to measure is taking a ready to wear suit and altering it to fit. We sell made to measure suits and carefully explain exactly what they will receive and the differences between made to measure and full bespoke tailoring. It is a pity that the trade description act does not really extend to tailoring.
Harold Rose
Master Tailor Ltd