There’s nothing like wearing a suit that’s been cut to fit your exact measurements. Tailor-made is the ultimate luxury which offers clients optimum fit and comfort, and something every gentleman should invest in.
The Gieves & Hawkes made-to-measure journey starts on the fitting blocks, which have now been completely re-developed in a contemporary fashion to offer clients an enhanced fit.
The Made-to-Measure Tailoring Process
The first consultation is straightforward and can be split into 3 parts; selecting the cloth, taking measurements and choosing the details. It is a simple process but does involve many key decisions. Your Made-to-Measure consultant will be on hand to guide you through this process and offer advise where needed however it does pay off doing some research on the kind of suit you would like before your appointment.
With a range of fabric collections for summer and winter, you are spoilt for choice: options range from super fine wools and soft flannels to breezy seersucker fabrics for summer suiting and heavier weight flannels, eveningwear and velvet for winter.
This choice is a matter of weight, occasion and pattern – lightweight (typically 8oz-9oz), heavyweight (14oz-15oz), or something in between. A 12oz is good trans-seasonal choice. Of course it is also a matter of colour, weave and pattern – chalk stripe, bold or subtle checks and so on.
At this stage you will need to select the level of construction required - half-canvassed or fully-canvassed. Full canvas suits are constructed with a layer of horsehair canvas under the wool fabric to offer shape and to ensure an elegant drape. In a half canvas suit the layer of horsehair only runs through the chest and lapel of the jacket. This option is usually less costly, lighter weight and can be cooler.
Your tailor will now be taking several of your measurements including your chest, waist and seat. He will then have you put on a fitting garment that is used as a template to sculpture the suit to your body’s unique characteristics. By observing your body, he will address your build, posture and symmetry.
Last but by no means least is to choose the details that makes the suit truly personal to you. Options include lapel style and width; lining colour; belt loops, side adjusters or brace buttons; trouser turn-ups (cuffs) or a plain finish; type of pockets; ticket pocket or none; button style and many more.
The Final Fitting
6 – 8 weeks later your suit will arrive back at the Gieves & Hawkes store when you will be contacted to come in for the final fitting. The consultant will ask you to try on the suit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the suit fits perfectly. Our tailor will make the alterations needed and a week later will be ready to pick up.
With a turnaround time of just six to eight weeks, the Gieves & Hawkes Made-to-Measure service combines our renowned tailoring expertise with superior quality and a thoroughly modern service. It’s the perfect solution for the gentleman who values style as well as substance.