If it’s a flat no to your design ideas for a suit, then you probably need to question whether it’s actually a true custom process.
Third, buying a custom suit requires an in-person fitting process. It also usually requires a muslin, or test, garment to be made before the real thing is produced. There should be several steps (multiple appointments) to this fitting process as well.
To break it down, the customs process means a tailor will be fussing around you while you stand in your test garment. They’ll be taking measurements, securing pins where alterations need to be made, jotting down notes. After alterations are made you’ll go back and see the tailor again, and you’ll keep going back until everything is perfect and no more changes need to be made, at which point you’ll take the garment home.
If all you’re doing is entering a series of measurements into an online form, then it’s not bespoke/custom. Or if your fit specialist is simply putting you in the closest fitting template without noting or making any adjustments and / or alterations to the fit before the order is submitted, then it’s not bespoke / custom either. Or if it’s just a one-and-done fit session, followed by the final delivery of your garment/s, then it’s not bespoke or custom.
These are just a few things to look out for in shopping for a custom suit in New York. At Watson Ellis, we offer true custom suits and garments. We work with the world’s best mills and manufacturers to bring you handmade luxury custom clothing. That’s what we do. No half measures. We also offer the most modern and fashion-forward approaches to the design of your custom suit, overcoat, shirt, and blazer. Learn More