Is a Handmade Suit Right for You?

Is a handmade suit right for you?




You might assume that a Savile Row Handmade Suit is the very best you can get. And in terms of quality of build, attention to detail, comfort and working your body shape, you would be right.


But, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for you.

For a start, there’s the price. A bespoke Savile Row suit is expensive, even from me (and my prices are well below other tailors in the Row), and you will certainly find you can get a great made to measure suit for less than half the price.

So, if you can get a great suit at half the price, why buy bespoke at all?

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The other thing about handmade suits is that they look handmade.

Now, you’re probably thinking ‘well yes, obviously – that’s the whole point, isn’t it?’


And, Yes.


But in a world where we’re used to our clothing being machine made in factories where they are cut by machines, sewn by machines and pressed by machines, we’ve grown accustomed to a kind or sterile uniform precision, where the personality of a garment comes from the fabric or a quirky design detail.


Handmade clothing is different. The craftsman’s hands sew a story into every seam. Each stitch, whilst perfect, isn’t the same as every other. The cloth looks like it’s been hand-worked, shaped and moulded to the wearer. It has a life of its own and subtly speaks volumes about the wearer.


If you like the clean, sterile, artificial lines of production line garments, the handmade isn’t for you. If you still want to choose your own cloth, lining and other details, then you may be much happier with the factory built made to measure suits commonly available.


If, however, you want the ultimate in comfort, fit and style and you also want a beautiful living garment, then a genuine handmade bespoke is the right choice for you.


I hope you’ve found this helpful.


As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch.


Best wishes,




William Westmancott
0207 060 36 56

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