Bespoke: a suit made “bespoken” to the customer’s specifications. A bespoke suit is cut and made by highly skilled craftsmen. The pattern is made specifically for the customer and the finished suit will take a minimum of 50 hours of hand work and require a series of fittings.
Made to Measure: garment made to a customer’s individual requirements, to some extent, but not necessarily by hand.
Renown throughout the world, Savile Row is synonymous with the artistry and craft of Great British tailoring.
“Only a great tailor can create something that is both anatomically correct and entirely sui generis, fitting both the mind and body of its wearer perfectly,” says Nick Foulkes of the Savile Row Bespoke Association.
“The beauty of Savile Row tailoring is its personal nature. A tailor knows his customer as well as a doctor, a lawyer or a priest, and the best tailors develop an almost intuitive understanding of their customers; it is high time that the Savile Row’s customers around the world developed a little understanding of the magic that their tailors conjure up day after day in the cutting rooms and workshops of the West End of London.”
The Savile Row Bespoke Association unites the founding fathers of the Row with the New Establishment tailors to protect and develop a craft practiced in this elite quarter of Mayfair for over two centuries.
SAVILE ROW TAILORS
Anderson & Sheppard
Dege & Skinner
Gieves & Hawkes
H.Huntsman & Sons
Henry Poole & Co
Meyer & Mortimer
Norton & Sons