What is the Difference Between Bespoke and Made-to-Measure?

What is the difference between Bespoke and Made-to-Measure and Ready-to-Wear?

 

Bespoke     

Made to Measure

 Ready to Wear

Price:

The most expensive of the 3 due to the amount of handwork which goes into making a Bespoke garment. 

But it is designed with longevity in mind so overtime it will be the most cost effective per wear.

Somewhere in between. The manufacturing process means fewer hours of work go into Made to Measure than Bespoke but as it is made to your specifications and the cloth will have been purchased especially for you it will always be more expensive than off-the-rack.

Ready-to-Wear will be the cheapest option as the brand can produce multiple of each item which always brings the price down.

Quality:

 Again, Bespoke is the best of the best, which is why it carries a higher price tag.

Nothing beats true bespoke for quality. Even the buttonholes are handmade by someone who will have trained for years on that specific skill. 

Good Made-to-Measure suits will last years and years, and nowadays can be made to a gloriously high standard. However MtM ranges considerably (in part due to missuse of the term) and it is worth doing some research into a company before buying from them.

Quality ranges from Fast Fashion junk to really superior RtW. As with MtM, a little research can go a long way. It is really worth investing in fabrics which will last. My mum always says that if you wear something once for every £5 you spend then its a bargain.

Fit:

 A Bespoke garment is made exactly to your specifications so it will fit like a glove every time. Although some tailoring houses have a “House Style” they will be happy to accommodate your needs.

A Made-to-Measure garment will use the brands template and your measurements to create something which fits your beautifully but as it will be using the brands templates make sure to choose a brand with a similar aesthetic to you.

This is pot luck really. Some people are lucky enough to find a brand where they are the same dimensions as its fit model. But if this isn’t you remember that you can always alter RtW

Time:

 A fully Bespoke suit usually takes around 3 months depending on your availability for fittings. But it isn’t an impulse buy. You are investing in something which you can pass onto the next generation.

This can vary wildly from company to company. Our lead time is 6-8 weeks for a 2-Piece suit depending on fabric choices.

As it sounds Ready-to-Wear is just that. You can walk out of the store with it that day.

Longevity:

 A Bespoke garment is an heirloom. It is meant to be handed down to the next generation.

A MtM suit will last as long as it fits. K&C use only the finest materials meaning that it will stay looking sleek for as long as it does up. 

This will depend hugely on where you buy it. Cheap fast fashion is not intended to last. If you invest in well made pieces they could be in your wardrobe for years to come. 

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